Friday, January 27, 2012

Paper casts

This is Shirleys method of making the paper casts that I showed in a previous post.
As Shirley says, this technique isn’t new - she just experimented to get the results she wanted. Her way is simple, no mess and ready as and when you want them.
You need some of this:4Along with some of these:
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pv aAnd finally, this:
loo rollWarm the plasticine up by putting it on a plastic lid near a gentle heat source. This warms it up brilliantly and doesn’t grease your hands.
Roll it out quickly and press the item you want to make a cast from into the surface. Make sure the plasticine is level around all the edges and smooth around the immediate edge.
Now put it in the fridge to harden. When hard carefully prise the object off.
To use the mould, make sure it is hard from the fridge. Dust with talcum powder then using slightly diluted PVA and the toilet paper create a papier mache cast.
Use a stiffish brush and small pieces and make sure they go right down in to the tiniest places. Making the tissue very mushy helps on the first layer. Build until required thickness.
This can vary as you can create flimsy pieces or part pieces which look like relics or broken finds.
Leave overnight. Do not try to lift off until thoroughly dry.
Its a good idea to put it back in the fridge again before prising the cast off so that it doesn’t distort the plasticine as you do it.
Keep the moulds in a tin and put them back in the fridge to harden next time you want to use them. Or just warm them up again, roll out and make a different mould.
As you can see, the ones I made are not as clean as Shirleys – in fact, they are not as good, period. Why? Because I was far too impatient and they were not quite as dry as perhaps they should have been plus I didn’t put them back into the fridge before pulling them away from the plasticine. Lesson learned.bits2Once painted you would never know – maybe :)paint2
paint1You can create all sorts like this using old jewellery, brooches, buckles etc. Hours of fun. :)

Final mention of Lottie.
This is the birthday girl in her Tinkerbell costume getting ready to blow her candles out.
P1000766My daughter always makes the birthday cakes for the children and this is what Lottie asked for this year – a fairy house. She’s fairy mad at the moment.Charlie, her brother, had Dennis the Menace and Gnasher playing pirates last year - this is my favourite, I love Gnashers teeth.100_6901Chelsey also makes birthday cakes by request for friends children along with fancy cup cakes and the latest craze, cake pops. abc
aaaEveryone tells her how good they are. This is obviously where her artistic talent lies. We keep on at her to take it further but she says she doesn’t think that what she makes is good enough!
Now I wonder where she gets that from. :)

And no, I didn’t win pass the parcel. Somehow all the children managed to get a prize on the way round, wasn’t that a coincidence, and Thomas ended up with the final prize – a set of Moshi Monsters. I could have done with those. *LOL*

‘Fabulous Surfaces’ lesson number 3 is up on the d4Daisy website if you want to take a look – let me know what you think. :)


dianehobbit said...

Thanks for the tutorial, i have been trying to make some this week, without much success. Didn't use the fridge or PVA glue. Will try again next week. Those cakes are really fantastic!!!!

pascale said...

Those cakes are fabulous, I haven't seen anything similar here in Luxembourg

Lins Artyblobs said...

Paper casting - another thing I'll have to try. And those cakes look fabulous.

Heather said...

Thankyou for sharing the paper casts method - I must try it out and love the look of your painted ones.
Lottie looks so sweet in her fairy costume and those birthday cakes are fantastic - I have never seen such artistic ones and think your daughter will be in great demand.
Off to take a look at Lesson No.3 - they are excellent so far.

Sharne's Bits 'n' Bobs said...

I think the fact that the castings aren't perfect add to their charm, they are distressed!
Your daughter shows a great talent for making and decorating cakes I think.

Gina said...

Your daughter's cakes are amazing!

Erica said...

I can't wait to try the paper casting. Thanks for explaining it so clearly.
Love the cakes your daughter makes. I never had much patience with cake decorating. Two of my daughters-in-law are very talented at it but your daughter's are in a different league altogether!

liniecat said...

Amazing cakes!!! If I lived closer Id be her first customer!
Fossils are often abit squiffy round the edges and it only adds to their charm.
I reckon your pieces are great and I wouldnt have thought of using the fridge to keep the plastercine hard........ actually wouldnt have thought of using plastercine either lol thanks for sharing!
Our scrapstore has 6 x 7" pieces of tyvek, interested?
Its slow to zizzle and seems to then pucker and bubble, rather than whizz to interesting different reaction to most Ive used.

Thimble Fingers said...

Can't wait to have a go at the paper casting - thanks for sharing. As for the cakes, tell your daughter to GO FOR IT!!!! They look brilliant and I think she'd do very well selling them.

sharon young said...

Lottie looks fabulous in her fairy outfit and the cake was awesome, you certainly have passed on the creative gene.

qwiksave said...

Great makes! Gotta have a go at that paper casting.

You may be interested..I spotted in River Island Kids section today a boy's long sleeve t-shirt with a Dennis the Menace comic on the front. I'd have liked it for my youngest boy but the only one left was too small.


Maggi said...

Thank you for sharing the paper casts method, looks like a good one. Your daughter's cakes are fantastic.

Lottie said...

Great tutorial thank you so much for sharing