Christmas Cast Catchalls form Christmas Carnivals is a casting weekend project, but the pretty jewelry holder for coins or other collectibles will make an enduring impression on whomever your child bestows it.
You'll need: an apple, a small acorn squash or an old baseball, wooden kabob sticks, plastic bucket for mixing, paint stirrer, plaster of Paris, acrylic paints and paintbrushes. Prepare the cast by frilling the sides of the carton.
Partially insert the kabob sticks into the center of the casting object, evenly spacing them around the circumference. Rub Vaseline on the portion of the apple or squash that's submerged in plaster (skip this if it's a baseball) and rest the skewers on the sides of the mold. Use the bucket and stirrer to mix the plaster. Slowly pour the mixture between the object and the carton walls until one third of the object is submerged. Tap the mold on a table to release air bubbles.
After an hour, haul the object from the plaster. Carefully remove the mold and let the casting cure. Prime the plaster with shellac or spray matte, let it dry and the casting is ready to paint. For best results, use a contrasting color to accent the hollowed portion, or sponge a darker hue on the top and sides once the base coat dries.
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