If you’ve been following along the past while, you know I’ve been trying realllly hard to use up my existing craft supplies, rather then purchase new items. I have so much already. Recently, as I rummaged through my craft wardrobe, I was confronted with a big ole tub of powdered, plaster of paris. All sorts of typical plaster of paris crafts go through my mind…. moulds of a child’s hand or feet, making chalk, sculpting blah blah blah. But I’m thinking more about using it as a coating or dip.
You may have seen some plaster dipped items previously around the web. But I quite like this idea and thought they warranted a little time in the spotlight. Specifically, dipped faux flowers.
But let’s just think of the other posibilities for a moment…. you could dip skeleton keys, vessels, doilies, baskets, origami creations, shells and random trinkets. Yes. I do believe this could be a whole world of fun.
Prepare all of the items you would like to dip and make sure you have somewhere to hang them or set them to dry. Plaster of Paris dries very quickly, so it is essential you have everything set out. Prepare your plaster of Paris according to direction on the packaging, careful not to stir to vigorously, avoiding the creation of bubbles. If you would like to tint your plaster, add some coloured tempera powder to the water, before mixing it into the plaster of Paris. I aimed for mint green.
Start dipping! Make sure you get your item well coated. Once it’s dry, you won’t be able to dip it again (trust me it just does weird things).
Let your items dry thoroughly. Hey… I know it’s a weird setup, but it worked for me lol. I’m using a plastic container with a rod through it. I hung some inside, and placed others in the top with the stem poking through the holes.
I decided to give my dipped flowers a little something extra by brushing the edges of the petals with a mix of gold and copper paint.
How pretty all together in a bowl, vase or like this on a spray painted, grapevine wreath. Love!
- If dipping flowers, stick with white or cream coloured. Vibrant coloured flowers may bleed colour into your plaster mix.
- Don’t double dip once your item is dry as dipping again will cause the first layer of plaster to suck all the moisture out of your second dip attempt, leaving you with a lumpy, thick finish that dries uber fast.
- Styrofoam doesn’t dip well. The plaster doesn’t adhere to it.
- Flexible, non porous items don’t work well, as the plaster will crack if it bends.
- Work quickly dipping before the mixture sets too much. Once it gets to the consistency of thicker mud, it’s difficult to get an even coat. You will have about 3-5 minutes of working time to dip before it sets to the ‘mud’ stage.
- Do not put leftover plaster down the sink. It will dry in the pipes and clog them up leaving you in a world of hurt ($$$). Dispose of leftover plaster in the garbage.