To create the hundreds of plaster casts for The Great Wall of Vagina, Jamie developed his own process that could be adapted to suit all the different models. There would be different labia sizes to consider, pubic hair, piercings and other differences that would require a variety of approaches. He researched the best skin-safe, medical grade materials.
The surface is detail is captured in a layer of alginate – similar to the material used by dentists to mould inside the mouth. This layer, once it has set into a flexible rubber, is then backed up by a layer of plaster bandage, like doctors used to set broken bones with. That two-part mould is then used as a template to make the plaster
Step by Step
The process is simple but not always easy depending on the model’s individual anatomy. It may need adapting to suit your own needs.
It can also be messy and the materials do not wash out of clothes or fabrics. Check the manufacturers instructions on any materials you try. NEVER put plaster directly onto the body. Plaster is used to make body casts not body moulds!!
Nivea is applied to the area to be cast as a mould release. Any hair should be well covered with it and smoothed down flat. As hair does make it difficult to make a good mould it is better to be shaved or closely trimmed. That is why you see so little evidence of pubic hair in our casts.
Mix the alginate with water and working quickly, mix into a stiff paste. This will set in just two minutes so don’t take too long about it. Smooth the mixture onto the vulva from the top down. Fill creases as you go. The labia can be positioned as you want them.
As the mixture runs down, smooth it back up over the layer you have applied, making sure not to disturb any hair. Just as it begins to gel pat a square of dry plaster bandage onto the surface.
Smooth on a layer of wet plaster bandage onto this dry layer. This will ensure the two part mould remains stuck together.
Remove the mould from the body in one piece and brush on a layer of plaster being sure to work it carefully and slowly into all the crevices. Add more layers until you achieve the desired thickness.
Leave to set for at least one hour. Carefully peel off the plaster bandage and then the alginate. Use small tools, tweezers or toothpicks to remove any residue from the creases. Take care not to damage the delicate lips. Breaks can be glued with PVA.
Whilst the piece is still damp remove any surface blemishes. If you wish to cut it down, mark out the area to be left using a template and a pencil. It is easier to cut whilst the piece is still damp. Prop the piece flat, brace firmly and saw slowly.
Your completed piece can now be left to dry out for a few days. It may then be painted or mounted on a base or in a frame. Enjoy!!