After remembering those little statues that you'd make as a child, pouring plaster of paris into a premade silicon cast before painting, I decided to try and mould my face. Foil made a good representation of my contours, but I had to try to find a way to create some resistance to the weight once I'd poured the plaster in so that the foil wouldn't just collapse. Anyway, it didn't work... the cheeks were pulled down by gravity, but I like the foil creases and the line of the closed eye which is actually just a coincidental foil crease, rather than actually being the line of my eyelid. The hole is where I tried unsuccessfully to repair a tear in the foil caused by my nostril, but I quite like the effect that it makes. The finished piece is reminiscent of Beethoven's deathmask.
Plaster of Paris is an amazing medium, which is lucky since I have 2kgs of the stuff left to use.
Plaster of Paris