How to make a face cast for prosthetics/molds at home

This is a guide on how to make a face cast at home. it can be easier to create prosthetics and molds on a face cast and then apply them to your face using liquid latex or an alternative skin adhesive.

What you will need:

  • Vaseline
  • Oil
  • Plaster Guaze (a brand that is safe to use on the skin)
  • Plaster Mixture
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Box
  • Towels
  • Sandpaper
  • File (small file sander)
  • Wood Glue

How to make the face cast:

  • To begin, make sure you remove any makeup, creams, etc that you may have on your face and neck before starting.
  • Cover your eyebrows and hairline with Vaseline-I would use quite a lot to ensure they don’t rip off when removing gauze! (I would also use a little Vaseline over the face so it will be easier and less painful to remove).
  • Follow the Plaster Gauze instructions before applying to your face, for example some brands may say to only use the gauze with water below 35 degrees to avoid exothermic reaction.
  • Dip a THIN layer of the plaster gauze in the water and apply to your face (do not apply to the hairline, eyes, and nostrils). Ensure you take the gauze around the bottom of the chin and jawline.
  • Always be careful when applying the gauze around the eyes!
  • Wait until the Gauze harden and sets.
  • Once it hardens, move your mouth and face around so the gauze is easier to remove and gently pull it off.
  • Hold the cast up to the light to see if there are any thin areas. Go over the thin areas for more support and do not to cover the holes where your eyes and nostrils were.
  • Let plaster gauze dry
  • Next is the plaster mixture to pour into the mold.
  • oil the inside of the plaster gauze mold so that it will come off the plaster mixture easily.
  • Mix 2 parts of plaster mixture and 1 part water
  • Stir until it becomes a smooth and bubble free mixture
  • Pour mixture into the mold
  • Create a bed with towels in a box and place the mold securely inside
  • Leave it to dry overnight
  • Once dry, remove the plaster gauze from the face cast.
  • using sandpaper, smooth down and rough areas.
  • For smaller areas and to create detail use a small file.
  • To smooth any hollow areas and to give the cast an even surface, coat in glue (preferably wood glue). It will also create a protection when making prosthetics or molds on the face cast.
  • Let the glue dry.
  • Cover in 5-6 layers of glue to ensure that any holes are covered.
  • If overtime, the face cast looses shine just cover in another layer of glue.

 

 

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