Custom Slushcast Prosthetic/Mask Tutorial
Lifecasting the Face Edit
Materials Needed Edit
- Bald cap
- Warm water
- Plaster Bandages
- "Cat box"
- Measuring cup
- Plastic things
- A friend
- Clean face.
- Rip plaster stuff into little strips.
- Put strips in container filled with lukewarm water.
- Put on bald cap to protect hair.
- Slather, face, jaw, forehead, anywhere your going to put the plaster in vaseline.
- Have friend cover face in plaster strips. Go different directions, horizontal, vertical, diagonal.
- Use tiny strips to get around nose so you don't have to do the straws in the nose things.
- Cover face well. Don't have any gaps or skin showing through in areas.
- Sit and wait. Don't move. Don't let friend say funny things that will make you laugh.
- After about 20 minutes take off. You can kind of wiggle you face to get out of it.
- Fill in any gaps, like around the nose, with more strips so that you have a solid cast.
- Let set.
- Fill cat box with sand.
- Nest face cast into sand. If you need to block off some areas, like if they aren't too deep and you think plaster might spill out, set a piece of cardboard againts it.
- Cover inside of face cast, and possibly cardboard, with vaseline.
- Mix plaster in a plastic container with a plastic spoon.
- This is the type of plaster than comes in a large bucket and is just powder.
- Generall it's a two to one ratio of plaster to water.
- Sift the plaster into the water, don't dump it all in at once.
- Another way to measure is to sift your plaster into the water until the water stops absorbing it.
- Stir plaster.
- Pour into face cast.
- Leave it alone for a long time to let it set.
- Free your new postive cast from the negative one.
- Wipe it off, if there's any holes you can mix up a little plaster to fill them in.
You now you have a face cast, yay!
The Sculpt Edit
Materials Needed Edit
- Clay (Visit link for reccomended types)
- Aluminum foil
- Get a big piece of foil and cover your new face in it. This makes it so that you can actually get the clay off later, and so that everything won't become a big mess of plaster.
- I like to start at the nose and gradually squish the foil down. You don't want any holes or tears in this.
- Sculpt what you want your prosthetic to look like on your face with the clay.
- Build a clay wall around the prosthetic. Give a little space between the prosthetic sculpture and the wall.
Casting the negative Edit
- Cover everything within the wall in vaseline.
- Mix enough plaster to fill the inside of the wall.
- Pour plaster in.
- Once again let it set for a long time.
- Remove clay wall.
- Take off new negative cast of prosthetic.
- Clean the inside of the cast out. That is wipe it down with paper towels.
The Slushcast Edit
Materials Needed Edit
- Mask Latex
- Pour latex in, not quite so much as to completely fill up the mold.
- Swish it around so that the whole prosthetic-to-be area gets covered.
- Keep swishing for a few minutes.
- Pour excess latex out into a tupperware container that has a cover.
- Let dry a bit, it'll kinda change color when it does this.
- (If you have a hair dryer with a cool setting you can use it to help dry the latex quicker.)
- Repeat the swishing process.
- Let is sit for a minute to let puddles form in the deeper parts.
- Pour out puddles into tupperware and cover.
- Once again leave it alone for a long time to sit.
- When you come back pull out your new prosthetic!
- Use scissors to cut away extra bits.
- Clean, tone, and moisturize face.
- Glue down edges to face. You might want to use eyelash glue instead of spirit gum.
- Apply Old-age stipple around the edges. It helps to blend and contour the edges.
- Cover the whole thing in Castor sealer.
- Next just put your makeup on. Generally you have to put on a lot of base just to make your skin and the prosthetic the same tone.
That's about it. We did this in class so whenever I said long time that was generally inbetween classes or overnight. Mine looked a little more obvious around the edges than I would have liked. But I imagine there's products out there to help with this too. Plus class time is just never long enough for me to do everything I want. I made a cat face prosthetic for Red XIII btw. Oh ya, and if you don't need and exact cast of your face try it on one of those styrofoam wig heads.