I spent the last several weeks playing around with recipes I found online for this cheap and reusable gelatin and glycerine mold-making material. The recipe you’ll see me making in the video came from Sharon Giles’ website (http://sharongiles.artdfw.com/ – but the link doesn’t seem to work anymore). She uses it to make gelatin plates for printmaking, but it works just as well for molds.
I liked Sharon’s recipe because her process for mixing the ingredients was easier than some other methods I found. Ken, over at observationsblog.com, explains the chemistry of the mixture, but his mixing method takes a lot longer when you make a big batch.
In the next video, I actually make a mold over a partial face that was made with Sargent’s Plastilina, and it worked well. Any oil-based modeling clay would probably work. A film of petroleum jelly isn’t a bad idea, though, just to make sure it doesn’t stick.
But I’ll be going over all that in the next video – in this one, I show you how to make the material itself. Then in the next one you can see it being used to make a mold.
If you want to make more than one quart, you may want to get the larger containers of glycerine and gelatin. A full-sized mask mold would probably take three or four quarts of the material, and the recipe in the video is enough to make one quart.
If you try this recipe and come up with a really good use for it, be sure to let us know! And to see the next video that shows the material in use, click here.