- Small, empty potato chip canister
- Plaster gauze
- Varnish (Gloss medium or Modge Podge)
- Heavy duty tape
Protect your work area with a plastic tarp or garbage bag. Take the empty chips canister and set it down, open end down.
Take a large ball of tinfoil and tape it to the top of the canister. Press it down to make a dome shape.
Cut the plaster gauze with scissors into small strips, about 1 inch thick.
Using a small bowl of water, dip the plaster strips into the water and drape onto the canister. Cover the surface with two or three layers of strips.
Build up the different areas of the face by applying lumps of the gauze, gradually sculpting the shapes you want, such as a brow, or nose, or the curve of the head.
Let it dry, then paint on face details with acrylic paint. I like to use an image (from the internet) of the particular president I am making, as a reference.
When the paint is dry, apply a layer of varnish to make a shiny coating and to seal the paint. Now your presidential bust is ready for display.