How to Cast a Hand

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Prepare your materials. Measture out and then add the water to a mixing bowl. How Much? Add the powder to the water. Begin mixing in a churning motion until the powder is blended into the water and then stir briskly. The mixture started out lavender and will turn pink while mixing. To prevent air bubbles, you may either moisten the hand with water, or apply some of the molding mixture directly to the hand. Once the mixture loses most of its color, it is ready for molding. >Quickly transfer to the molding container ... ... and insert the hand. When the mold is set (is no longer sticky, can't be poked through and begins to seprate from the wrist), it is time to remove the hand. Wiggle side to side to break any suction and ease the hand out of the mold.  Do not rush.  The mold will not harden, etc. Although the material easily separates from non porous surfaces, it will stick to clothing and all types of cloth.  The mold. You may choose to trim loose pieces of the mold. Prepare casting stone as directed (measure water and add the powder to the water). Fill mold about 1/3 to 1/2 full of casting stone. Turn the mold so that the inside of the mold is coated with casting stone. Turn upside down to fill curled fingers. You may choose to pop surface air bubbles with a brush or pick. Fill to the desired level. You may choose to fill with stone up and over the mold to form a base. Tear away the molding cup from the area of the stone base and slide the mold out of the cup. Tear away the mold in small pieces. Be careful around fingers. Take your time removing the molding material.  You may choose to sand rough edges and uneven surfaces of the base - usually best after it has dried somewhat. Allow to dry for 7-10 days in a well venitlated area before sealing or painting (optional).