Hands on My Guitar

Hands on My Guitar

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5 col

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials
1-gallon bucket
Plastic pitcher
Dry measuring cup
Liquid measuring cup
Wooden spoon
1 gallon of water
8 cups of alginate molding material
2 cups of plaster
Utility blade or knife
Rubber coating spray
Fine-grit sandpaper
Toothpicks


Steps

1. Measure 8 cups of alginate molding material in the dry measuring cup, and pour it into the bucket. Then measure 8 cups of water, and pour it into the bucket



2. Mix with the wooden spoon. The mixture will turn pink at first. Continue to stir until there are no lumps or powder remaining and the mixture is a pancake batter consistency



3. Once the alginate mixture has smoothed out, place your desired hand into the bucket. Make sure to position your hand exactly as you want the mold to be. Also, don’t touch the bottom or the sides of the bucket with your hand



4. Let your hand sit in the bucket for at least 4 minutes. While the alginate is drying, wiggle fingers occasionally to make sure that the mixture settles into all of the crevices and wrinkles in your hand

5. When the mixture is firm to the touch, remove your hand. First, wiggle your fingers to loosen, and then carefully pull your hand completely out of the mold



6. Pour 2 cups of plaster into the pitcher, and then pour 1 1/3 cups of water into the pitcher. Mix with a clean wooden spoon until it’s like a smooth, thin batter





7. Slowly pour the plaster liquid into the mold. When about half of the plaster has been poured, roll the bowl around to help guide the plaster into all the nooks and crannies. Allow the plaster to fully cover the hole. Finish filling up the mold, and then tap around the sides of the bucket with your hands or a wooden spoon to help break up any air bubbles in the mixture



Note: NEVER put hands directly into the plaster to form a mold. It won’t work, and you could lose a finger!

8. Keep the mold somewhere warm for about 4 hours

Note: When cleaning the supplies afterwards, DO NOT wash them in your sink – spray them clean with the garden hose instead. The plaster could cause serious plumbing problems if it sets in the pipes!

9. After 4 hours, turn the bucket upside down and let the mold slide out. Keep the mold upside down so the fingers are facing up



10. Carve out the alginate with a utility blade or knife, but be careful not to nick or cut the cast



11. Once the alginate has been completely cut away, use fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges. If any alginate lingers between the fingertips, use toothpicks to remove it



12. Spray the cast with rubber coating spray to protect any objects that the cast may come in contact with

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PGeveryday

PGeveryday

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@quez - Thanks for the tip! We're so glad you enjoyed this project.

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quezzie

quezzie

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If you're using this hand mold to hold something, make sure the space between the thumb and closest opposite fingertip is wide enough for the item to slip through and turn. Roughly 2" should have been the gap. A piece of dowel could have been held between thumb and finger to create the proper gap when creating the alginate mold. Leaving it in the alginate would keep the plaster from filling in and the resulting hand would be usable for holding the guitar. I love this project. :-)

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