Hand by Me

STEP 4: Sharp dental tools were used to carve away the alginate leaving a perfect plaster hand.

By JARED HAMM | Junior Reporter

Did you ever think you would need an extra hand around the house?

Recently I took an art lesson to learn to make a plaster cast of my hand. I created my sculpture using a mold and plaster. My cast wasn’t flawless but it had a stunning amount of detail, it showed all my hand creases and nails. It took two hours of work and patience, but it all paid off.

I was surprised that someone like me with little artistic talent could create something so amazing. Shout out to Britney Ransom at 1450 art lab in Santa Monica for her great instructions.

STEP1: We mixed water with a seaweed- and silicon-based substance called alginate and I plunged in.
STEP 2: After several minutes, my hand felt like a mammoth stuck in the La Brea Tar Pits. The suction finally broke with a thwack, thus releasing me from my prison.
STEP 3:Next I mixed plaster and poured it into the mold, waiting 45 minutes for it to harden.
STEP 4: Sharp dental tools were used to carve away the alginate leaving a perfect plaster hand.