Half Torso Casting Kit
The Half Torso Casting Kit, or Breast Casting Kit, is the easiest way we have found to learn the art of large LifeCastings. Once you do this project, you will have the basic knowledge necessary to do full torsos, and beyond. We also offer a Full Torso Casting Kit- which can make a sculpture of the front or rear of the body from shoulders to hips.
This Torso Casting Kit kit is ideal for capturing the bust prior to any surgery to the breasts, or the belly bowl in the final weeks of pregnancy.
Of course, it will work equally well for making a casting of a man or a woman. Not recommended for children.
Difficulty Rating 5/10
This kit contains everything you'll need, including alginate, plaster bandages and casting stone. The instruction illustrations and the DVD contain some "above the waist" female nudity.
The idea behind this kit is to pinch the flexible alginate layer between two layers of rigid Plaster Bandages all the way around the perimeter of the mold. This is a three step process as follows:
1) Building the Frame
Apply a release (Vaseline or Cholesterol) to an 4 inch area "just outside" the area you want a casting of. Wet some plaster bandages and apply them to the skin in a line all the way around the target area. Think of this as a picture frame- framing the important area you want to capture in your casting.
2) Applying the Alginate
Mix up your alginate (we include our 880-B alginate in the kit) and apply it to the area inside the plaster bandage frame. Try to apply alginate over the inside HALF of the plaster bandage frame, leaving about 1.5 inches of naked plaster bandage showing. Down toward the bottom this will be difficult, but don't worry, the alginate can be torn off the outside HALF of the plaster bandage once it sets.
3) Building the Shell
This mold will need sufficient rigidity to resist bending or twisting during "pour-up" so a hard shell must be applied. Make sure that this shell overlaps the plaster bandage frame all the way around the perimeter. When you're done, the alginate will have been "pinched" between the two layers of plaster bandage and it will be very securely fastened in place.
All of this is well covered in the Torso Casting Kit instructions and Procedural video DVD which comes with the kit.
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It took me two tries to get a completely finished product, but the results were quite good. One has to expect a hiccup or two and some learning-by-doing. My problem the first time was I apparently did not work fast enough with the alginate. It began setting before I had finished covering the framed-in area. I continued through all the steps successfully to practice the whole process. Even the partially unfinished first try looks pretty cool. It looks like a fragment of an ancient statue. The second time I used room-temperature distilled water rather than 80 degree, hard, tap water. That gave me more time to work. No problem finishing the alginate. The beauty of these kits is the pre-measured bags to which you simply add the prescribed amount of water. Mixing is very easy.and almost fool-proof if you simply follow directions. No buckets and drill mixers. No doubts about the quantity of water. Moreover, clean-up is simplified if one works directly from the bag with the plaster. The alginate cleans up easily since it does not stick to anything. When doing the stone cast, make sure to get the plaster into the nipple depressions before covering the rest of the mold.. Air holes love to form there in spite of my extra attention to getting the plaster into those spots. This kit is fun to do, and the result is just as shown. The staff here has been very helpful with answering questions and providing materials. Next I will tackle the full-torso kit. One shortfall is that my two kits had only 4-inch plaster bandages, no 3-inch as itemized. Simple fix: I trimmed some down to 3 inches with a scissors. Price is great for the high quality and user-friendly kit. Give it a try. Both you and your model will like the results.