Plaster of Paris (POP) is a basic sculptures and craft projects because it is easy to prepare and sets fast depending on the size of project. Is it also a great material for casting and mold making. It can withstand heat up to 1,200 °C.
- Cover your work area with a plastic or with newspapers. Prepare two mixing containers.
- The ideal ratio for a Plaster of Paris mixture is 2 parts Plaster of Paris powder to 1 part water.
- Measure both Plaster of Paris and water separately (2:1 ratio)
- Start adding the Plaster of Paris powder to the water in your mixing container by sprinkling the powder over the water.
- Gently mix Plaster of Paris mixture until it is smooth. Do not stir vigorously to avoid any air bubbles.
- Optional – For coloring add poster paint or acyrlic paint once the mixture has a smooth consistency. Continue mixing until the color is uniform.
- Let the mixture sit through for a minute before pouring into mold.
- To prevent clogging, do not throw Plaster of Paris into the drain. Any leftover mixture, let it harden, then throw it into a garbage can.
- Plaster of Paris powder is extremely light and fine. Wearing a dust mask is highly recommended.
- Do work with a pair of gloves while handling Plaster of Paris.
- Adult supervision when doing craft with childrens.
More craft materials available online and at our craft shop at Craftiviti Sdn. Bhd. (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia)