He Took Purple Goop From The Dentist, And Ended Up With A Perfect Family Keepsake.
If you go to the dentist regularly, at some point, they've probably taken a mold of your teeth. To get an accurate mold, they have to use something called alginate, which is a purple, rubbery substance that probably made you gag a little.
However, did you know that you can use alginate for a purpose that's much more fun? It can be a great DIY craft material to make keepsakes - and it's also used in Hollywood to create prosthetic limb. Here's one great idea for a necklace holder made from a hand cast in alginate. Wouldn't this look cool hanging on your wall?
To do this project, you need a pitcher, measuring cups, wooden spoon, a large rectangular tupperware, water, plaster of Paris, a knife, and of course, the alginate. It comes in the form of a purple powder.
After mixing it with water, you place your hands in the alginate in the preferred shape to create a mold. Unlike the dentist, this looks like it feels good.
Now it's time to pour in your plaster.
Make sure the plaster covers the entire hole, and do NOT stick your hand in it. Leave the plaster and alginate somewhere to set for three or four hours.
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