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Subj: RE: cast ad

Date: 96-09-12 22:23:57 EDT

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To: ArmCast@email.com

I saw your ad in the plaster of Paradise web page and thought I'd send some info on what I know.

I am a married straight white male, age 33 living in Southeastern Pennsylvania. I have always been interested in casts as long as I can remember. For years, I thought my interest in casts was unusual but I always thought that there must be others. On the hunch that there might be others, I ran an ad a few years ago in Nugget magazine to find others who are interested in casts. In a year, I got about 15 responses with various degrees of interest. Since coming on line last year I have met many others. I have yet to meet any women who share these interests to the same level as I do.

As a child, the interest was mainly curiosity as I wondered what is was like to wear a cast. I always wanted to try it but never had such luck. When I was about 13 I realized that my interest was of a sexual nature and I became attracted mostly to women/girls in casts. I still remember a girl in my 8th grade class who broke her ankle and was in a plaster walking cast, the kind with the heel built in to it. I spent a lot of time following her around enjoying her unsteady gait, getting aroused, and wondering what it was like.

While my main interest was (and still is) women in casts, the desire to be in a cast myself has never left. As a child and teenager I would often fabricate casts and slings from household materials when no one was home. When I finally got out on my own at age 18, I started making my own casts on a more regular basis.

The first casts that I made were long arm casts made of masking tape and ace bandages. First, I would wrap my arm in toilet paper or paper towels as padding. Then, I wound the masking tape over my arm enough times to form a relatively firm cast. Lastly, I would wrap the entire cast in an ace bandage or two to cover the masking tape. This gives the look of a bivalved cast or plaster splint that is wrapped in an ace bandage. While it isn't as strong or as hard as a real cast, it feels pretty good and a casual observer can not really tell it from the real thing.

This kind of cast can be removed by CAREFULLY slicing with a razor utility knife. You don't want to slash your wrist by mistake. That would be bad. If the padding is sufficient, it will prevent the knife from contacting the skin but you still need to be careful. Also if I am careful, I can re-use this type of cast.

At first I was afraid to go out in public, thinking that everyone would know that it wasn't a real cast. Over time, I became more confident and began going out shopping, to restaurants, bars, and just about everywhere while wearing these casts. It amazing how many women will ask what happened and its a pretty good conversation starter. Over time I began to get turned on by these types of conversations. Most of the time I would wear these casts in a different part of the city from where I live or in a different city altogether. My business involves a lot of travel so I am always in a different city for a few days or weeks. Usually, I would wear the masking tape casts only for one night then take them off, but sometimes I would wear them over the weekend.

Seven or eight years ago, I started making plaster casts. The first time, I actually made my own plaster bandages by using powdered plaster of paris from a hardware store and gauze bandage. The results actually weren't too bad as I made a long arm cast, but it did take a long time to dry and developed some cracks.

Soon after, I discovered the Rigid Wrap product at some arts and crafts stores. This, as you may know, is essentially the same as medical quality plaster bandage. I haven't seen Rigid Wrap in any stores lately though. Recently I have been buying the plaster bandage at medical supply houses. I had to call around to find the right place because most places don't carry it. At first I was nervous about buying it there, but no one has ever questioned it or asked me why I was buying it. If they ever do ask, I'll just tell them that I make plaster art sculptures. And really, it's none of their business anyway.

Making plaster casts is a lot more fun than the masking tape casts. I highly recommend it. I have made and worn long arm casts, long leg casts, short leg walking casts. I even spent four days in a full arm shoulder spica once. Also, I spent a weekend in one long arm cast and one short arm cast (exceptionally difficult but extremely enjoyable). I would really like to try two full long arm casts, but I think I would need some help. I also think that one long leg cast and one short leg walking cast would be cool. The longest I have ever spent in a self-applied cast is seven days in a long leg cast (on crutches).

If you haven't applied a plaster cast it's not really so hard and there are a number of medical books that you may have seen that describe the right way to do it. Actually, there are a lot of ways to proceed.

You can use real stockinet but it is kind of expensive and may be hard to find. I use old clean sweat socks with the toes cut out or, for long leg casts, I cut out the leg from a pair of long underwear. Really, you don't need stockinet if you have good padding, especially for short term use. I do like the look when the stockinet is folded over the end of the cast and plastered in. This is easy to do with the socks or long underwear.

Webril rolled cotton padding is the best padding but it is ridiculously expensive. I use polycotton quilt batting which is used for the stuffing in quilts and blankets. It comes in a big rolled up sheet. I cut it into long strips 3 or 4 inches wide and roll it up. Applying the padding is important. You must apply enough padding around the bony parts like wrists, ankles, and knees, or the cast will be uncomfortable. Other parts, like the thigh and upper arm, are soft and really don't need any padding at all. Padding should be snug and smooth but not cut off your circulation. If the padding is applied snug, smooth, and neat, the plaster will be easy to apply over the top and you'll end up with a nice cast.

Applying the plaster rolls is the best part. I have never tried fiberglass, and would like to some day, but I really like the look and feel of plaster better. The bathroom is the best place to apply plaster. This is a messy process so its good to cover the floor and everything else with a sheet, plastic, or newspapers. It's easy to wipe the plaster off tile walls and floors but its quite difficult to get out of carpet. I have done this in many hotels all over the country. For arm casts, I usually pre-cut the plaster roll into manageable strips of different lengths that I can handle with my one free hand. I dip the strips one at a time into the water and apply them. For leg casts, I dunk the whole roll in the water and wrap it on with both hands. Applying the plaster is an art that improves with practice. It is best to start at one and to keep moving while constantly rubbing and smoothing the plaster as you go.

The cast will get rigid within a few minutes, but it generally takes 12 to 24 hours for the cast to completely dry. For this reason, it is best if you have at least a weekend to enjoy it. I will go out and have some fun while the cast is still wet, but you need to be careful or you can weaken or damage the cast. Once I was in a full arm cast and I was at this strip club in Indianapolis where the girls dance on the bar. I had my casted arm resting up on the bar and this very cute dancer was teasing me pretending to step on my cast with her high heeled shoe. Well she slipped a little and actually stepped on the cast with her heel which severely indented the still-wet cast. I know she thought that she really hurt me and my "broken" arm and she really didn't understand why I wasn't upset about it. (I think she thought I was going to sue her) Anyway, I told her that I was going back to the doctor and that the insurance would take care of it, then went home and repaired the damage. When I went back to the club the next night, she was VERY nice to me.

A lot of people worry about how to remove a cast, but actually it is quite easy as long as you are patient. I use a hand saw to cut the cast off. I guess a real cast saw would be the best but I don't know where to get one and they are probably too expensive anyway. I think a power saw would be dangerous. I have heard of people using a Dremel tool and I think this might me okay, but the hand saw really seems to work well. I have used a hacksaw, but a carpenter's back saw or Exacto hobby saw is best because the teeth extend below the level of the saw handle. If I am careful, I can use the hand saw to perfectly bivalve the cast so it can be used again. It is amazing how easily a sharp saw blade can cut through the cast. The padding and stockinet will prevent the saw from cutting the skin although you still need to be careful. Once I have cut through the plaster, I use bandage scissors to cut the padding and stockinet. Note that the hand saw cuts best on a cast that is completely dry. If the plaster is still wet, the saw teeth will get clogged up. I have had good luck removing a still wet cast using a hawkbilled linoleum knife. I gently score a line with the knife then repeatedly drag the knife over this line until I am all the way through the plaster. I have heard someone suggest removing a cast by soaking it in water, but it doesn't work. The plaster stays hard in the water, though I guess it will deteriorate over a LONG time.

Anyway, I'd really like to hear of your experiences and interests.

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