Crossposted from http://groups.yahoo.com/group/plaste...mummification/
Date: Fri, 21 May 2004 13:57:16 -0000
From: "Kiki" <email@example.com
Subject: Re: Plaster Mummification Question!
Thank you so very much for all the information you shared here, this brought up some important points I hadn't thought about before, spe4cially about leaving a metal piece in to help with the saw in removing the cast!! My partner was thinking of doing other things and not deal with the saw because of the risks in using is, so this eases us to consider that option again. Very helpful, so thank you very much! We plan to do this scene this weekend, I will post afterwards to tell everyone how it went!
My partner and I have long ago decided to do a full mummification scene with plaster. The goal for us is to render me completely immobile and have it last as long as possible, with a maximum of 2 days in the plaster. Judging from bondage we have done in the past, I cannot last too long due to discomfort, especially in the arms.
Sounds like you're in for a fun time.
Two days is a pretty long time to remain in a full body cast though.Especially if you've previously experienced discomfort during muchshorter scenes.
One option I've always thought would be fun; would be to work your waytoward the full cast, one piece (limb) at a time. If you've had aproblem with discomfort in your arms in the past, why not leave themuntil last?You can still have a nice long scene, with the advantage that you my beable to accommodate your partner in some way before you're fully casted.
Just one thought.
Do you start plastering from laying down position? What parts do you plaster first the torso or the limbs?
There's probably many schools of thought on technique. The last time Iassisted in a body casting, the castee must have "locked" his limbswhile he was standing up. Even though the cast was not complete, norwas it very tight; he began to complain of dizziness. I had him wigglehis toes and fingers, as well as trying to flex his knees a bit. But itmust have been to late for that. A few minutes later he momentarilypassed out.He recovered very quickly once he was laying down. But the uncured castwas sacrificed as we helped him down.
I can't be sure exactly what caused this reaction. But I did experiencesomething I believe was similar a very long time ago when I had spent avery long time standing at "attention".
Casting while laying down would probably present more of a technicalchallenge and you would definitely need some kind of table eitherdesigned specifically for, or otherwise well suited for the task.However if your intent is to go for a long scene, I would investigatethat further.
Whether standing or laying down, you're going to want to payparticularly close attention to all joints. What might feel just finefor the first hour or so, might not feel so good after 12. Most castingmaterials also shrink slightly while they're curing. You won't needmuch padding everywhere. But your wrists, elbows, ankles and knees willthank you later. Besides, physical discomfort tends to be distractingfrom the lovely "drifting" that comes during a casting.
What body position is most comfortable, best to be with legs and arms straight out or bent? If bent is better, how much of an angle?Sideways next to the body or farther apart? Arms out towards to front or parallel to the side of the body?
Since I have only bottomed for one full casting, my experience issomewhat limited. But I have been mummified in other materials many,many times. By far the most comfortable position I have found is layingdown, with my legs and arms slightly away from my body.
You'll have to experiment to see which position is best for you. Havingyour arms slightly bent at the elbow might also be an option. If you'regoing to go for the long one, think comfort!
Also, if you could tell me what sorts of unexpected problems you ran into when doing the plaster or taking it out, I would really appreciate so we may avoid some common things we can't quite grasp due to the lack of experience.
I'd get a good pair of medical shears. The ones I have cut througheither plaster or fiberglass casting with ease.
If you're going to go with a gag, I would suggest one that can beremoved without having to damage the rest of the cast. Sometimes if onedozes off, waking up bound like that can cause a momentary panic. Noneed to ruin the scene if all the bottom needs is a few breaths of airand a little reassurance.
When I'm gagged for the night, we use the "3 grunt" signal if somethingis awry. Since there's no point in even trying to talk around the gagswe use, 3 loud grunts in a row signal that I need something. My partnerwill usually ask me once if something is wrong, if I still needsomething a repeat the signal. This doesn't end the scene, he justremoves my gag so I can tell him what's wrong.
We have enough plaster and fiberglass to do probably 2 full body casts, but do you use only one type at a time or is it better to use both? (I ask because I know fiberglass is stronger, is it better to use that on places that need more strength? if so where?)I'm not experienced enough with those materials to really say. I do know that some people like to fully cast with first fiberglass, then with plaster because they like the way the plaster looks.I did find that with the plaster cast I was in, I was able to break outof it on my own at any time. It was more of an implied bondage than thereal thing.
In regards to getting the plaster out, are there any specific techniques to use?
You can leave some areas thiner than others to ease in cutting them later. If you're using a rotary cutter, you'll need to have enoughspace between the cast and your body to get something to cut against in there. (Usually a long, flat piece of metal)
I am thinking of posting a couple of pictures here once the scene is done to show you guys how it turned out.
Love to see them!
One other addition you may want to consider is earplugs. I've often found they add a lot of intensity to any head-wrap I do.