Clay molds are useful for capturing even the smallest levels of details from a modeled object. Since polymer clays are safe for use on your skin, making a clay mold of your face is a quick and safe method for creating an accurate image of your face. You'll need a helper to complete the process, but the entire project can be finished within a matter of hours.
Things You'll Need
- Polymer clay
- Bald cap
- Spirit gum adhesive
- Baby powder
- Spirit gum remover
- Baking sheet
Kneed the clay until it's soft and easily manipulated and then flatten it until it's about a quarter of an inch thick.
Pull your hair back and wet it down until it lies smoothly against your skull. Cover your hair with the bald cap, using the spirit gum adhesive to secure it in place. Spirit gum adhesive is a liquid adhesive made especially for theatrical use and is safe for skin application. Place a thin layer of baby powder onto your face and the edge of the bald cap as a release agent to prevent the clay from deforming when it's removed.
Close your eyes and mouth and have your helper place the clay over your face, molding it closely to your features but leaving holes at the nose so you will be able to breathe while the clay mask is being applied. Begin the clay mask application at the sides of the nose and the eyes. Apply the clay uniformly, but if the quarter-inch layer is too thin, add more.
Bend forward so that your face points downward and have your helper slowly remove the clay mold. The baby powder should ease this process.
Carefully lay the clay mold onto a baking sheet lined with baker's parchment to prevent shiny spots from forming on the mold where it touches the surface of the baking sheet. The mold should be placed with the "nose" pointed upward to keep from flattening any facial features.
Remove the bald cap and then remove any residue remaining from the spirit gum adhesive with the spirit gum removal. If necessary, remove any residue from the clay and baking powder with soap and warm water.
Set the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the mold into the center of the oven for 20 minutes for a quarter-inch-thick clay mold. Thicker clay molds will have to be fired for longer periods of time, up to an hour. The clay will be ready for removal when it has hardened. Allow it to cool, and you will have a hardened clay mold of your face ready for casting.
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