Well… this can work for basically any part of the body but this time around we made a head cast, so there. To start off, let us begin with the materials that are used.
Optional but recommended:
The plaster bandages come in a roll and depending on size of the roll it will have to be cut to size. The goal is to get a thin strip (not too thin) anywhere between 1 to 2 inches. Wrinkles are bad, so bigger pieces are good for places like the top and back of the head and the smaller ones for the tighter areas.
Next, after cutting a good amount of bandages, is prepping the victim… I mean mummy… I mean the individual that is getting the cast.
Oh, just a bit of information this is a two person job for the head cast because later down the road the eyes will be covered, and doing things without vision around sharp object, electric tools, and water is not recommended. Oh! On top of that choose someone you trust for reasons just mentioned.
Back to the preparations. It is highly recommended to do this somewhere in a place such as the kitchen. It might get a little messy. Also, the person getting the cast may want to be seated, this takes time. Oh! Another note to mention– people that are claustrophobic might not like head casts very much. Just thought I would bring that up.
Okay! So we’ve got the patient seated in the kitchen. Next is getting out the saran wrap. Cover the top of the head with it. Not the face! You know, the hairy parts? Any hair that comes into contact with the plaster bandages turns the bandages into hair removers. Saran wrap on the top of the head. Tape that down. Also this is where the optional wig cap comes in. The wig cap is recommended for people with long hair. So all those lovely ladies with the long locks of hair, I guess the men could as well, will want to use a wig cap first. The goal is to make the head as flat as possible. No lumps– hair will make the cast lumpy. We don’t want lumpy heads. Wig cap, saran wrap, tape it all up so it don’t move.
The Vaseline comes in next. If you love your eyebrows and facial hair put a generous amount covering that… unless you get a thrill from pulling hair out then go for it.
After getting everything covered we can move on to the casting. A bowl of warm water is preferred. It makes the plaster set a little faster, and the mummy will applicate it too. Make gravity your friend. It doesn’t happen very often, but gravity can be your friend this time. Start with the top of the head and go down. My friends and I, since we don’t hate each other too badly, start with the top of the head and work our way back and around the face. We usually try to leave the eyes and mouth uncovered as long as possible. Nose holes always have to be open… unless you are trying to kill someone or they can hold their breath for hours. Two layers makes a pretty sturdy cast. Each layer the strips overlap by about 1/8 to ¼ inch. There is usually no wait time between the two layers. The plaster starts to dry immediately, by the time the first layer is finished a second layer can be applied. Basically do the same exact thing over. Make sure to smooth the layers and they are all connected to each other. The plaster bandages have little holes if smoothed correctly almost every single hole will be filled.
Finishing the second layer is dry time. The hair dryer comes in really handy at this point. It helps. I am guessing everyone has seen a cast in their lives so I am generalizing but the cast should be fairly firm. It won’t be completely dry. It will take a day or so too completely dry and I don’t think the person will like having that on for a whole day.
Now we have are ready to remove the mask. It would be nice to do it in one piece, but I haven’t ever met anyone who could deflate their head, so we have to cut it. Cutting off the cast is a delicate process. Try to loosen the head from inside the case by wiggling it around a bit. It sticks, but be careful. This is where a little claustrophobia can set in. I’m not, and it got my heart rate up a bit.
We usually start cutting by the back of the jaw, up and over to the other side. Please don’t use a knife, I beg everyone not to use a knife–it is very dangerous– with blood vessels and stuff. That is unless you are trying to kill that person in which case is the perfect time for attack; they will never see it coming!
After you have successfully got the mask off, now is the perfect time to do little corrections to the cast. It is easier to get blemishes out of the plaster than say the Utracal a.k.a concrete. Reassembling the cast by taking strips of plaster bandage and running them both length wise and vertical to the cut. Kind of like a stich. Lastly is filling the case, which we will discuss at a later date once our masks are dry. 🙂 Cheers and happy cloning!