Body Casting Manual by Olivier Duhamel

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See Reader Rating


A complete body casting instruction manual explaining in details how to make a realistic, life size and very elegant plaster sculpture of someone’s torso (or any other body part)
A rewarding project. This handbook focuses on a simple yet wonderfully rewarding project. We have selected affordable and easy to source products and illustrated a method that is both proven and easy to implement, ensuring that you complete your sculpture to satisfaction at your first attempt. The resulting sculpture will be an amazingly faithful reproduction of someone’s body, a durable and elegant memento. The manual also explains some other methods and more advanced techniques to cast other body parts such as hands, baby’s hands and feet, face, pregnant belly, hair and how to use some other casting materials.

Why this lifecasting "how to" manual?
After receiving regular and numerous emails asking me for advise on how to best replicate someone's body part, I have realized that there is a demand for a simple, clear and affordable instruction manual. The ultimate body casting "how to".

Drawing on my experience I have written a set of concise and easy to follow life casting instructions and published it in an illustrated manual. These comprehensive and clearly laid out directions will ensure that you make a beautiful and durable casting the first time.

What does the manual cover?
The first part is a practical step by step casting project using a female torso as an example. The second part gives further instructions on casting other body parts. (Head and face, pregnant belly, hands and feet, bay's hand and feet) and on how to use some other more robust casting materials such as Forton MG. . Most importantly, the manual tells you exactly where to go to buy some of the special materials needed, this will save you much time and guessing.
Overview of the process
What Tools and materials to buy, how much to buy and where to buy it from.
Step by step directions.
Finishing, hanging.
Safety tips
Pictures and illustration
Other Projects (hands, face, pregnant belly etc...)
Using Forton MG
Measurements are expressed in both metric and US customary units.

How much will this all cost me?
All up, including the cost of the manual, you should not have to spend more than the cost of a meal for two, probably less. Our method has to be the cheapest way to make a plaster body cast. You will nevertheless be amazed by the amount of details this body casting technique will capture and replicate.

This is not difficult.
After years of practice body casters develop a know-how that allows them to express themselves in wonderful ways. But anybody, if given proper instructions, can achieve an amazing artwork at their first attempt. Much of the visual impact of the final sculpture is in selecting a seductive pose; let your artistic flair guide you but make sure to read our tips and hints. We will show you the easiest body casting techniques.

How long does it takes?
Once you have collected all necessary materials, you only need about one hour to make the mold, one hour to pour the plaster and one hour to finish the sculpture...
This is quick, easy, affordable and fun.

Is this safe?
The alginate used to make the mold is the same product that dentists use to take tooth prints. It is organic and perfectly skin safe. These products have been used for the purpose of body casting over many decades and are true and proven.

About Olivier Duhamel

See more books from this Author
A New Zealander since 1987, French born Olivier Duhamel lives on Waiheke Island near Auckland, New Zealand with his wife Marie-France and their 3 children. He is a sculptor specialising in the female human form and makes delicately crafted small bronze figurines. Olivier Duhamel' s creations do not convey any particular message, do not attempt any conceptual or symbolist exploration, nor do they search to be innovative at all cost. They are rather trying to simply capture the beauty and sensuality of his subject of study. His bronze works are sold in art galleries across New Zealand and also in Australia, China, Canada, France and Belgium.
Published December 25, 2011 73 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Arts & Photography.

Reader Rating for Body Casting Manual

An aggregated and normalized score based on 8 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review