How to Make a Plaster Hand Sculpture

This Snapguide describes how to create a plaster hand sculpture from start to finish. I have chosen the hand position of a sign language letter "S" for sculpture. Watch carefully and have fun!

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How to Make a Plaster Hand Sculpture
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Assemble Supplies as listed

Assemble Supplies as listed

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Cut plaster into 1 to 2 inch strips

Cut plaster into 1 to 2 inch strips

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Coat non-dominant hand in lotion or Vaseline

Coat non-dominant hand in lotion or Vaseline

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Immerse strip completely in water

Immerse strip completely in water

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Choose hand position and begin applying plaster strips ensuring that your hand stays still in its position

Choose hand position and begin applying plaster strips ensuring that your hand stays still in its position

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After each strip application, smooth the strip until all holes have become blended into one opaque strip

After each strip application, smooth the strip until all holes have become blended into one opaque strip

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Continue applying strips to hand, ensuring that each piece overlaps the one placed before it

Continue applying strips to hand, ensuring that each piece overlaps the one placed before it

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Continue applying and smoothing strips

Continue applying and smoothing strips

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Be sure to view your hand from all directions to avoid leaving any part of the hand undone

Be sure to view your hand from all directions to avoid leaving any part of the hand undone

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When the entire hand has been covered, apply a second or even third layer of plaster

When the entire hand has been covered, apply a second or even third layer of plaster

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Once your hand is completely coated with 2-3 layers of plaster, hold it still and let it dry for 5-10 minutes

Once your hand is completely coated with 2-3 layers of plaster, hold it still and let it dry for 5-10 minutes

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Put unused plaster away, throw away all trash and empty water container

Put unused plaster away, throw away all trash and empty water container

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When your hand can wiggle in sculpture without disturbing its form, begin to try to separate hand from the plaster walls

When your hand can wiggle in sculpture without disturbing its form, begin to try to separate hand from the plaster walls

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Carefully begin to pull sculpture from your hand

Carefully begin to pull sculpture from your hand

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Completely remove sculpture

Completely remove sculpture

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Let sculpture dry completely overnight

Let sculpture dry completely overnight

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Paint or decorate according to project requirements

Paint or decorate according to project requirements

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