How To: Make Hand Molds

How To: Make Hand Molds

Heather Blaha
Apr 15, 2009

Hand and feet keepsakes tend to be aimed at babies, but as hands grow and become more defined, making plaster molds with the older kids is a great science project with an artful outcome. Since plaster requires a bit of patience and staying still, it works best with older kids (although there are "wiggle friendly" kits and instructions out there). Click below for a simple how-to and a few ideas of how to put it to use after it's dry:

You can find various instructions all over the web or buy a simple kit, but we found this step-by-step over at eHow. Here are the things you'll need:

  • 1 to 2 cups of lifecasting alginate.
  • Slightly warm water in a clean bowl.
  • a paper container tall enough to surround the hand up to the wrist without touching the sidewalls.
  • a kitchen whisk or mixer.
  • two to three pounds of plaster of paris.
  • a utility mixing container for the plaster
  • Old clothes, Extra water & paper towels
  • Graduated Measuring container(s)

The hand can then be painted or left white, and used for decoration or put to good use. I use my stepson's plaster hand in the bathroom (pictured above) for rings. The palm sometimes operates as a catch-all for lip gloss, bobby pins, other jewelry, etc.

Any other ideas?

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