So I go through these times where I get absolutely obsessed with my phone. Last year I was constantly texting Rob since we lived a 2 day drive apart. And then there are times when I find games that I become crazy about and they really suck you in with these messages that pop up on your phone like “Congratulations! All of your toaster pastries have finished toasting! Come and get ’em before they cool off!” And then you’re all, “oh, gosh! I can’t let them cool. I must quit the work that I am doing that pays the bills to collect them, put some new ones in the virtual toasters and I might as well try to level up while I’m in here”.
Is there really a game about toaster pastries that I have gotten obsessed about? Nope. Are you free to turn it into a game? Share the profits, bro, and it’s all yours. Haha!
At any rate it was in one of these moments that I realized how perfectly the new phones have become to fit right into our hand. You can literally do a whole heck of a lot with a smart phone held in only one hand. I remember back when I had my first Blackberry with a little keyboard right on the bottom of it :) There was no touch screen and it was a two handed type of a situation you had going on there most of the time!
But on one of these days thinking just how amazing it is how well these little devices were designed for our hands that I decided I wanted to hold mine on my desk with something shaped just like my hand. I mean, I’ve tried store-bought stands and I never too to them, but a concrete replica of my hand? Well that sounds quirky and amazing and perfect. And so I ordered some alginate, because I freaking love that stuff, and I sat around the house with my hand in goop not once, but twice so I could make this project as perfect as possible for you!
For this project you will need:
- Alja-Safe Alginate (available on Amazon for a good price)
- Can, tub or other vessel
- Fine concrete (I used stepping stone mix and I accidentally ordered white instead of gray – dang!)
First of all you’ll need to find a way to hold your phone that is loose enough that you can easily place your phone into the hand if it could not move at all. Because once the position is cast in concrete there is no wiggle room. It either fits or it doesn’t. Now this is how I would normally hold my phone but that wouldn’t translate well to concrete. I had to kind of play around with a way that I could easily slip the phone in and out of my hand without it being so loose that the phone wouldn’t stay of its own accord. It takes some practice but you’ll figure a position out! Oh, and say hi to JouJou’s booty. :)
You’ll need a can or a tub or a vessel of some sort to use to make your mold with the alginate. I found these at the hardware store and while my hand fits in there well there is way, way too much extra room around it once it’s in there. That means I wasted a TON of alginate using it as the form to make my molds in. You’ll want something where you have at least an inch around your hand as you pose it so that the mold you create is thick enough to work well. If, for instance, your fingers are touching the bottom of your tub you won’t have any definition around those fingers because the mold can’t form around them. But I was ornery and I was impatient so I used my way too big tub, anyway!
Fill your tub about half full with alginate measuring it out by the cup as you go. The ration is 1 part of alginate to 1 part of water so add the same number of cups to your tub.
Using something sturdy, like a paint stuck, mix that business up scraping the bottom and sides many times as you go. You have a few minutes to get this mixed up before it starts to set but go ahead and try to work quickly to be safe.
You want your tub 2/3 to 3/4 full of wet alginate. Add more as you need to to fill up your tub.
Oh, and does that stuff look familiar? If you ever had braces this is that junk they crammed into your mouth to make an exact replica of your teeth. Besides the appointments where you knew they were going to tighten the living daylights out of things you knew, just knew, when they took you to the room off to the side and pulled those plastic things to shove into your mouth out it was going to be an awful visit. I can still remember the horror! Ack!
Jam your hand into the wet goop. Kind of move your hand around, flexing and wiggling your fingers to ensure that you get the alginate crammed in between each finger and everywhere you possible can. Pose your hand and keep it as steady in the goop as you possibly can. This part is equally gross and awesome at the same time. :)
t will take around 7-10 minutes for this stuff to the alginate up so feel free to catch up on a few minutes of your favorite show or get ready to stare at the wall or something. I started watching a show called Filthy Cities and I was equally grossed out and intrigued at the same time. I’m now learning how people used to pee basically do their business INSIDE of the halls palace (because it was not just their home but also a public place) for King Louis and Marie Antoinette so it always stank in their home like raw sewage. SO interesting. So gross!
Once you touch the top of the mold and it’s nice and firm and the goop doesn’t come away from your fingers you can remove your hand. Start by gently wiggling your fingers to loosen them up and work up to straight up pulling your hand out of that business. Once removed you can see the little folds and wrinkles in your skin inside of the mold. Pretty cool, eh?
Mix up concrete according to package recommendations and then add just a little bit of water to thin it out a little. You want it to easily pour into the mold and fill up the interior easily so you get a complete mold. Pour in just a little at a time and then tap the tub on the bottom a few times and then all around on it’s sides to help the concrete fill in every nook and cranny in your mold.
Filling in a few inches at a time and tapping all around will give you a much, much better chance of having a complete hand when all of this is said and done. My first attempt the concrete I mixed up was really thick and the tips of my fingers didn’t fill in. Whoops!
Once full place on an even surface and allow to sit overnight.
The next day push around the sides of your tub to loosen that business and plonk it out on your work surface.
Using a knife very, very carefully trim away the excess alginate. If you were wondering, no, you cannot use this mold more than once!
The alginate will be firm but easily removable. Take your time and be patient and prepare to get your work surface really wet as everything is still quite moist!
As you work to cut away and free your hand the alginate toss the chunks away. Eventually this stuff will dry out and just be smaller, harder chunks of weird stuff and I have found no purpose for them other than straight up garbage.
When working in between the tight spots things like wooden skewers and tiny flat bladed screwdrivers work super well.
Every once in a while you might find a weird spot on the surface of your hand, like the one there in the middle of that finger. That’s where an air bubble was trapped against your skin. While the concrete is still wet you can easily use your knife and flick it off. The area beneath will be smooth and not have the detail os the little lines in your fingers but it won’t look like you have a weird growth there, either!
If you’re impatient like me you probably won’t be able to wait for it to try to make sure it holds your phone well. Yay! It works!
I really love that my new phone holder looks good from a lot of angles. Seriously? How fun is that?
Now I kind of do dislike how my hand ends really abruptly into this straight line, so if I did it again I’d probably use a taller tub and try to end shortly after the wrist at an angle, instead. But honestly I love it anyway because it is so quirky and fun! And it is a perfect replica of my hand, jacked up pinky and all :)