I started playing around with plaster last week, and I totally blame it on the dogs.
I was in Marshalls with my 4 year old son and we discovered these "Cast & Paint" dogs in the toy clearance. I have not used plaster before but we had so much fun pouring the molds and then painting.
The kit came with a strip of magnet to make the dogs into magnets.
The easiest way to pour and mix plaster is with a Ziploc bag. Mix the plaster until you get the consistency of pancake batter. Cut the end off, and pour away!
In this picture I backed the cookie cutters with plastic lids.
I found these little hearts that snap in two and drilled a hole to fill with plaster.
It would have been much easier with the silicone trays, but hey...I "improvised"! :)
After the plaster sets, it is not fully dry and you can carve it. This helps if you have made any mistakes when you poured. If you want to hang any of your creations, add a wire loop before it sets.
To dry the plaster quickly, you can microwave on the lowest setting for 30 seconds at a time.
(Just don't put the heart with the METAL wire in the microwave) ;)
I gave them all a light sanding to smooth out imperfection when they were fully dry.
I used Liquid Nails heavy duty adhesive to glue the cookies together...I know, what!? You mean, none of you have glass glittered with Liquid Nails before? :) The consistency of the glue was perfect to stick them together like frosting, and the glitter actually stuck! So, they're TOXIC cookies...full of Liquid Nails and Glass Glitter, but they sure do look cute! :) This might not be a project for the kiddos. I know Melinda over at Under My Polka Dot Umbrella made some wood cookies and used spackling as the frosting. I think glitter glue might work too?
LOVE that stuff!
Here are the hearts from the "improvised" candy molds. Little tiny sweetheart candies!
I had so many hearts that I had to figure out something fun to make with them. No surprise...I made them into magnets, using the leftover magnet strip that came with the plaster dog kit. I thought they would be cute painted and strung together into a heart pennant banner.
How about you? Have any of you played with or created something fantastic with plaster?
Plaster is a fun project to involve your kids in, they really enjoyed it!
(Just keep the Liquid Nails away from them!) :)