I messed myself today. More precisely, I casted my shoulder with plaster strip. By myself. I was going to get Randy to help, but it seemed so simple that I figured I might as well try it on my own first, and it worked. All I needed was a good solid reference for the shape of my shoulder so I could more quickly and precisely craft Armor Prototype v2, so I just had to chuck some strips over my shoulder and onto my chest, and that wasn't difficult to accomplish one-handed. It's not an uber-smooth, precise cast, but it's more than adequate for my purposes. Now I'm really happy that I ordered a nice water-soluble mold release on impulse when I bought the plaster strip. It worked danged well and all the mess washed right off in the shower. I just want to wait for the cast to set really well (and put some more strips on the inside to reinforce it a bit) before I start work on the armor.
Claw Prototype v2 is done...and I'm very happy with it. I discovered the wonders of Gem-Tac, a glue that's basically friendly caulk. Amethyst Angel uses it to draw raised designs on her crafts because it's thick and flows well and stays where you put it, so I thought it would be a good choice for neatly filling in the very thin gaps between the claw pattern plates, which could have caused trouble with the plaster mold. It worked wonderfully. I just squeezed it into the gap and wiped the extra off while it was still wet, and now my piece doesn't have any major undercuts. w00t. I'll post a picture at some point.