In this article, you will learn how to make a hanging mobile with just a bit of powdered plaster and a mold. You can customize it with as many ideas as you can think of: use fun shaped molds, brightly colored paints and you can even decorate it with the funniest craft materials you can think of: glitter, feathers, pearls, etc.
– Gypsum powder/concrete for molding or crafts and water
– Thin rope
– Pastry bag or similar (you can make a homemade one)
– Optional: paints, varnish or lacquer and brushes
Step 1. Prepare the gypsum
First of all, it will be necessary to create the plaster dough that we will use for our craft. Look in the instructions for the amounts of water and plaster powder that is needed so that the result is ideal for your craft.
Keep in mind that if you use too little water, the end result will easily erode and break. On the other hand, if you use too much water, you will have a very porous and fragile result.
Step 2. Put the dough in the mold
To pour the dough into the mold, use the pastry bag. It will be much easier for you to pour the right amounts and that your pieces are better. It is advisable to slightly moisten the mold before pouring the plaster mass. Use molds with different shapes to achieve unique and personalized results.
Before letting the dough dry, place the thin rope over the mold, making it pass over all the plaster figures. Sink it a little in the dough so that it remains well soaked and held when it dries.
Step 3. Let dry and customize
Let the dough rest for at least 30 minutes before unmolding. You can start working with it now, but to ensure that the result is well cured, you can let it rest for between 2 and 24 hours.
And now you can customize it. You can use acrylic paints, because they adhere well to its porous surface. Even if the result is dry, plaster is a soft material, which means that it is easy to sand and carve to mold to taste for reliefs or details.
And you would have your hanging mobile ready to decorate your home or garden. Remember that plaster is a porous material, so if you keep it outdoors or in a humid space, we recommend giving it a coat of varnish or lacquer that seals the material so that it does not absorb moisture and thus last longer in perfect condition.