Creative Living Works

Introduction to plaster mold making + casting

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Learn how to make a plaster mold of a hand and fill it with the traditional Italian Cartapesta technique with nontraditional materials. Turn old egg crates or other recycled papers into a beautiful sculpture with a pulping process. This is an introductory course but with drying times, it will take several days to complete. Watch the course, pause it, play it back - once you learn how to do these techniques, the possibilities are endless! The mold you make can be reused and filled with a variety of materials. Course length is 1 hour, 24 minutes.

Instructor: Christine Palamidessi

Tuition:2 Credits ($58)


  • A willing friend/model
  • Buckets and various plastic containers
  • Plastic liners (optional)
  • Plaster of Paris mix
  • Plaster gauze strips
  • Paper mache powder
  • Paint mixing stick or ruler
  • Face mask
  • Gloves
  • Sponge
  • Caster oil or Vaseline
  • Foam sheet strip (about 6 x 20 in)
  • Scissors
  • Exact knife
  • Egg crate cartons, blotter paper or peet
  • Hammer
  • Brick (optional)
  • Talcom powder
  • Newsprint
  • Pallet knife
  • Old brush for glue
  • Elmers Glue
  • Cutting mat/board
  • Wire
  • Wire Cutter


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