|Image by Jacki Cammidge and Blue Fox Farm|
To create these, gather the following materials:
- The largest size (powder-free) surgical gloves you can find
- A fast-setting cement (Quikrete© Vinyl Concrete Patch works well)
- Play sand or an empty pot for use in forming the hands
- A razor blade
- Small pieces of cardboard
- Rubber band(s)
- Mix the cement as the package directs, obtaining a putty-like consistency.
- Fill and then empty your gloves with water; be certain all water is drained. The goal is to dampen the inside of the gloves.
- Fill your gloves with the prepared concrete product.
- Make a pin-prick at the end of each finger of the glove and consistently and carefully push any air out of the gloves as you fill with the concrete.
- Close the wrist end of the gloves with a rubber band
- Form the filled, gloved fingers in a bed of wet play sand, or use a planter or dish to hold your ‘hand’ in the desired position.
- Before the cement begins to set, slip a piece of cardboard between the fingers (the gloves will be easier to remove with space separating the fingers).
- Place your cement hands in the shade to dry (at least 48 hours).
- Once the hands are dry enough to handle and can be easily removed from the gloves, cut the gloves with a razor blade and then carefully pull them loose from the cement.
- Brush the outside of your cement hands with a wire brush to give them a rustic and aged look. Once you have achieved the desired appearance, immerse your sculptures into a bucket of clean water for 3 or more days to fully cure the cement.