Summertime Casting

Molding: Stage 1

Molding: Stage 1 (Photo credit: Gregory Wild-Smith)

I’ve found another reason to go to the beach. Not only can I catch a wave and a tan, I can cast all sorts of objects! I ran across several tutorials that showed how to make a variety of objects without too much effort.

I had made sand casts before by buying and lugging a 40-pound bag of sand into the garage. I poured it into a box where I pressed an object into wet sand and then poured Plaster of Paris into it.

But by going to the beach, there is no messy garage scene and backs are saved from lugging loads of sand around. Better yet, you’re not restricted to size.

Now you may be wondering how green doing your casting at the beach is, but after you’ve poured your plaster and let it dry, there usually isn’t a residue left behind.

Sometimes, a piece will break off but as responsible citizens of the earth, I’m sure most of us will have the sense to pick up after ourselves.

So check out the step-by-step video and don’t forget the sunscreen for your next casting trip!

Casting Techniques: Part 2

Earlier I mentioned a few ways of unconventionally making molds and casts in Casting Techniques: Part One (CT1). It went over how deciding which casting techniques are best for certain projects and why. Now we’ll get to the fun stuff – creating.

Casting and Replicas with Hot Glue

Items you’ll need:

A hot glue cast of river rock.

An object you’d like to recreate

Heavy duty aluminum foil

A hot glue gun (check CT1 if unsure which size to use)

Bag of glue sticks

1)      Heat up your glue gun. Make sure to have it standing on something to protect  surfaces from drips or burns.

2)      Rip a sheet of foil large enough to cover three-fourths of your object. Remember if you are using an object that has creases, indents or other features, you will need to press the foil tightly into those elements to have them show up on your mold. Continue reading