February 10, 2012
Some of you have emailed to ask about the mannequins we are using in the shop, and where to get them. (Aren’t they cute?) Actually, my hubby made them. I told him I’d take a dozen and he said they’re too much work for that many. But here’s the info in case you ever want to try your hand at one.
WH took the mannequin form that I bought for $10 at a shop going out of business this past summer and used it as a mold. (You can see that mannequin here.) He used a quick-set plaster gauze that you can find at an art or medical supply store or on Amazon. Then a thick primer and drywall compound mix for the overcoat, to smooth it all down. And lastly, a clear latex medium for applying the prints (from old knitting pattern books, or you can find some online for downloading). Lots of work involved. I guess that’s why the ones you find on Etsy are so pricey. After watching the process, I can understand why people charge so much for them. Here’s a cool one with a Paris flavor. And I’ve always thought the ones from this shop were amazing.
Now I just need to figure out a way to convince my husband that 7 or 8 more would be a piece of cake, now that he has the process down…