B1 – Art Experience – Plaster Casting

Plaster casting my hand was a very interesting and overall fun experience. As one can see from the wildness of my hair, it was a pretty windy and cold day when I went out and did this project with my other classmates. Everything was going well at first. I dug a hole and used wet sand to fill the hole around one of my hands, creating a mold for the plaster. After digging the hole, I accidentally putting too much water inside of my bucket, making my plaster too thin to set! Thankfully, I made a few new friends when three of my classmates let me use some of their plaster powder to correct the thickness of my plaster.

I had never done something like this before, so I was really grateful to have their help in correcting my mistake and in the end it turned out great. I was able to successfully make a mold of my hand and while it’s a bit chunky compared to the real thing, the mold had all five of it’s fingers! This is a great success and I’m very happy with the results.

While the plaster casting itself probably won’t be the most useful thing for me to add to my daily set of skills, the experience as a whole showed me something that I think is important. Since I did make a mistake with my measurements, I had to rely on other people to help me fix my mistake, and in turn I helped them fill up their own molds since their plaster had set too early! The take away from this experience is that working together with others can be really fun and helpful. Without their help, I wouldn’t have been able to complete the project. Thanks to this, I made a couple new friends while successfully making my plaster hand.

If I were to do this project again, I’d definitely be more wary of how much water I add to the plaster. While making a mistake did lead to an overall good experience, it’s probably better to do it correctly! This project is also something I could do with my friends for a fun day at the beach. If I were to do it with my other friends I’ll be sure to see if I can get as good a mold with my foot as I did with my hand!

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