I learned how to cast plaster from the uber-talented Stephanie Lee. A trip to the Goodwill Bins last week provided a few promising objects for my purposes; behold the angel and creche figurine in the photo above from which I have pulled molds.
I also found a porcelain doll with arms and legs that I thought would make good body parts.
And two cherubs with three legs among them. Cute little heads though. All fodder for my casting mill.
Here are the molds all ready for the plaster. Made very hastily I can assure you. (Don't look, Stephanie - I'm a lazy student!)
And here I've poured the plaster into the molds, only dribbling a little.
Here is my finished stash of plaster parts, ready for various projects. Hmmm, dolls, assemblage, the mind reels with possibilities. The little frozen Charlotte dolls came courtesy of a gift from a friend; they cast beautifully.
So far I've done two little projects with them; 8x8" paintings on deep canvas for the Project Eight collaboration. The theme for the painting of the cat was "Animal Dreams".
And the theme for the consoling mother image is "Lay Me Down". Plaster is great with paint or beeswax and Stephanie is an inspirational teacher. I've taken two classes with her and loved every moment.