I received a sample of Cool 2 Cast Fiber Plaster and some push molds and I have to say I love this product. It makes my head spin with ideas.
It’s super easy to use! Just mix with water, pour into the molds (I like to tap them on a flat surface like a table a couple of times to settle the mix, we used to do that with plaster of paris when it was watered down back in school) and let it set up for about an hour.
The possibilities are really limitless. I have plans to use some brightly colored tissue paper and mod podge to do stained glass backgrounds and then stamp over those.
What I had on hand though, were some markers, a big set of Prismacolor Watercolor pencils and some matte finish Krylon. So I decided to do some art.
The first is a necklace I call ‘Gar’. It’s based on an old Celtic design.
The second is destined to be a pair of earrings with the working title of ‘Day and Night in Hill Country’. I live in Texas and of course this time of year bluebonnets are everywhere. My day job takes me on long trips so I see lots of fields and meadows. I love old broken down fences and flowers, it’s a combination I never get tired of looking at. These obviously aren’t finished but I have glued the Ultrasuede backing on, that’s the choppy looking stuff around the edges. That’s how I attach my beadweaving and by the time it’s finished those rough edges won’t show. I thought you might like to see a piece in progress though. You can also see that the casted pieces are thick and I like that. An added bonus is anything made with Cool 2 Cast is feather light so you can go big and austentatious and not have to be afraid that you’ll feel like you’re wearing bowling balls in your ears, always a plus.
Pick up some Cool 2 Cast and see what you can do! You can paint, stamp, glue…..I even carved around on these. The extremely white lines and dots are where I actually carved into the Cool 2 Cast with one of my little files.
Also, if you should pull your pieces of of the mold and find a slight blemish (which is actually really rare, I was *very* impressed with the lack of lumps and/or bubbles) it’s easy to use a fine file or fine sandpaper to smooth the surface. Heck, use a fingernail file or buffer, we all have those!
I’m having so much fun with my Cool 2 Cast, I know you will too.