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How to set the plaster of Paris? - Handy Mandy Craft Store

How to set the plaster of Paris?

Plaster of Paris, also known as gypsum plaster, is a popular material for making moulds, sculptures, and other cast items. Here is a step-by-step guide for setting the plaster of Paris:


  1. Prepare the mould: Choose a container for your mould, such as a cardboard box, plastic container, or silicone mould. 

Grease the inside of the container with petroleum jelly or cooking spray to help the plaster release from the mould after it sets.


      2. Mix the Plasters: In a large mixing bowl, combine the plaster of Paris powder with water according to the instructions on the package. 


The ratio of water to plaster powder can vary depending on the brand, but a typical ratio is two parts plaster to 1 part water. 


    3. Pour the mixture: Pour the mixture into the prepared mould. Tap the mould gently to remove any air bubbles.


    4. Let it set: Leave the plaster to set for about 10-15 minutes or until it is firm to the touch.


   5. Release the plaster from the mould: Carefully remove the application from the mould. 


If it is stuck, gently push on the bottom of the mould or flex the sides to release the plaster. If the mould is silicone, you can also try peeling it away from the application.


6. Finish the surface: If desired, you can sand the surface of the plaster to make it smoother.


That's it! You have successfully set a plaster of Paris mould. Now you can use it as a base for creating sculptures, models, or other cast items.



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