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Plaster body cast- too heavy?

nmog | Posted in General Discussion on

I am looking to have a dress form made, and my friend (wgho is an artist) says she’ll make one out of plaster casting material. I currently have one made out of butcher papaer, but happily, my post-second-baby body is smaller than it used to be. I am not sure if the plaster will make the form quite heavy. She would definitely prefer using the plaster rather than duct or butcher tape. Any suggestions?
Thank you!
Nicole

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  1. solosmocker | | #1

    I am claustrophobic and this plaster would be a major issue for me.

    1. nmog | | #3

      Yes, I think that would be hard. Luckily I'm not claustrophobic, but I did find standing still for so long (2+ hours) really hard. That's hardly the same thing, though.Nicole

  2. SewTruTerry | | #2

    Have your friend wrap you with the plaster body cast product then carefully remove and piece back together again and fill it with spray in insulationf foam. Check the cans carefully to make sure that it does not otherwise have any hazard warning for the product after is has set.  After it has set carefully peel away the plaster body cast product and make a cover for the form.  This way you will have a pinnable surface as well to work with.  This should relieve any problems with weight for you.  And congratulations on the smaller body after a second child.

    1. nmog | | #4

      I had heard about using spray insulation to fill the cast, but I didn't think about the hazards. I'll check the instructions and warnings when we're done the cast!Nicole

  3. Desiderata | | #5

    Hi, I did this some years ago and it was very easy.....lol....all I had to do was stand still...

    OK, I got all the plaster rolls I thought I would need and then some from the Pharmacy, it is fairly cheap. Then I enlisted my Dh's help and we did a trial run on my arm. We did a full length arm. When that was dry and we filled it with foam and removed the casting, I was happy with the results so we decided to proceed to the upper body.

    You will not have to stand 2 hrs because it dries very quickly. BUT, you will have to do some prep. work before hand. Have your strings ready, a good thick permanent marker, lots of clingy wrap, an old t-shirt. Lots of newsprint to stand on, make sure your feet are warm.

    I wore regular underwear, then the old t-shirt over this. DH's wrapped me in the clingy wrap, making sure not to compress the areas that naturally define me female. You will need to mark your neckline, shoulders, waist and hip levels. Centers back and front. Using your strings or/and later on with the marker on the plaster before it is removed. Afterwards you will have to transfer the marks to your foam figure.

    Oh, before you start with the wrap, make sure to do the bathroom thing because you just can't decide midway that you need to go....lol.

    Then you and your friend can start to wrap.

    We did the torso to hip level and since DH was on a roll....the old pervert....we did the lower body......pants.....starting at waist/hip/all the way to my ankles. My torso has the entire shoulder area including a piece of the upper arm like a shortened sleeve.

    They were placed in the garage to dry, I think it was summer thereabouts and my children were threatened with 'death' if they were ever to open the garage door and leave it opened for the world to see the copies of their mother standing in there. My sons call them mommys 2..

    After we removed the plaster form from my body, we taped the cut areas together again for the drying period. They were dry within about 2 days I think. We used the regular foam used for insulating houses, used in window insulation/installment etc. because we didn't know of any other source and this was also readily available. You will need to buy an extra can, a bit more than you estimate, because although it grows it might need patching here and there or filling in air pockets.

    Good luck with yours, you will have fun, especially afterwards, seeing how easy it will be with your fit.

    1. nmog | | #6

      What a hilarious story!! I laughed when I read it. Did your foam form have any marks from using plastic wrap? I was wondering if the foam form would have wrinkles around the bust, etc. Not that I have any wrinkles myself, of course. LOL. Also, how did you fill in the air pockets after the foam was out of the plaster? An inquiring mind wants to know. Thanks for your help!
      Nicole

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