One Busy Summer

In between Tasty Planet 2 work and wedding preparations and site development and story building and a hole slew of other things that will eventually get finished (siiigh), I’ve been helping my brother in law with some costume construction. He really gets into Halloween like me and my husband, and this year he decided he wanted a head cast so he could sculpt all kinds of masks and prosthetic pieces. The whole family pitched in and helped.

Head Mold

Plaster of Paris Head Mold,1st Layer

Doing a life cast is a whole lot easier with three additional pairs of hands. We changed how we did a few things – when prepping the mold for the ultra cal, we bound the old together with a few plaster bandages down the seam AND wrapped it duct tape,and my brother concocted a different type of stand for the ultra cal cast.

Head Cast

Casted Ultra Cal Head

It’s definitely not a process for the faint of heart – stick to buying an armature head or a foam head if you’re a bit claustrophobic. Or have problems breathing. Or if you have an allergy to vaseline. Please, be really careful if you do attempt a head cast (especially if you go the straws-in-nose method). For more in-progress shots, check out this.

2 comments

  1. Taylor says:

    That looks great! I wish I was brave enough to make a head mold. My nose is constantly stuffy so I’m terrified of suffocating. Do you just slush it with ultracal or is it completely filled? Because that sucker has to be heavy

  2. Tatterhood says:

    Oh, it is solid – I tried telling my brother-in-law just how heavy it was going to be! It’s heavier than my head! “Next time” will have to try bubble tea straws, to get maximum air flow.

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