Homemade Plaster of Paris is commonly used for the purpose of making kids’ crafts. With the recipe given below, know how to make Plaster of Paris.

How To Make Plaster Of Paris

Plaster of Paris, also known as just ‘plaster’, is a building material that is based on calcium sulfate hemihydrate. The material can be used in the same way as ‘mortar and ‘cement’. However, unlike the latter two, it is quite soft and can be easily manipulated with the help of metal tools or even sandpaper. This is one of the main reasons why Plaster of Paris is mainly used for the purpose of finishing, rather than load bearing. It is also one of the materials used for making homemade crafts. Since it can be made at home pretty easily, its popularity is also quite high. If you want to try making Plaster of Paris at home, just check out the recipes given in the lines below. 

Homemade Plaster of Paris
 
How to Make Plaster of Paris (with Glue)
 
Items Needed
  • 2 parts Diluted White Glue
  • 1 part Warm Water 
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Spatula or Wooden Spoon 
Instructions
  • First of all, you would be required to gather all the supplies and spread a newspaper on the work surface.
  • Now, pour the glue in the large mixing bowl and beat it well.
  • Make a paste, by adding one part warm water to two parts of white glue.
  • Mix the ingredients well. Continue stirring them, until there no visible lumps remain.
  • If you do not get a soupy mixture, you can add more water to the bowl and mix well.
  • The final product should be watery, but with a slight white glue consistency. 
How to Make Plaster of Paris (with Flour)
 
Items Needed
  • 2 cups Warm Water
  • 3 cups All-purpose Flour
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Spatula or Wooden Spoon 
Instructions
  • First of all, you would be required to gather all the supplies and spread a newspaper on the work surface.
  • Get the large mixing bowl and put the all-purpose flour in it. Whisk the flour with the help of the spatula or wooden spoon, to make it airy.
  • Make a flour paste, by adding two cups of warm water to the flour. Mix the ingredients well. Continue stirring them, until there are no visible lumps. The mixture has to be smooth and firm.
  • The consistency of the paste should be thick and smooth, but easy to stir. In case you feel that the consistency is not right, add more flour or water, as desired. 
Tips 
  • Even before you start making the Plaster of Paris, it is advisable to prepare the surface of your cast, so that you are able to use the plaster as soon as you make it. This is because the plaster tends to set in fast.
  • In case the Plaster of Paris that has cooled in the mixing bowl, forget about using it. Do not even try to store in for future use. This is because after cooling down, the plaster does not remain malleable enough to be use for making anything.
  • You can make use of homemade Plaster of Paris for making things like masks, sidewalk chalk, and molded shapes





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