Fiery Red Polysterene Disc



  • 1 Litre Powertex Bronze (0057)
  • 125ml Bister (Dark brown patina) (BIS125)
  • Polystyrene disc 350 X 30 – 15 density (POL026)
  • Masai Head (POP005)
  • 75 grams Power Cotton (POC075)
  • Pieces of torn corrugated board
  • 5 African Heads (POP009)
  • Aluminium foil
  • Masking Tape
  • Paint brushes
  • Sponge
  • Various acrylic paints and Power colours, Powercolour red (C006), Powercolour yellow (C007), Powercolour orange (C003)
  • Latex gloves
  • Apron



  1. Always cover your work surface with plastic and tape down corners, before using Powertex.
  2. Arrange all the pieces that you are going to use on your poly board to make certain that you are happy with the arrangement. Draw line where you will scratch out pieces of polystyrene. Remove everything and start wrapping your Masai Head with aluminium foil 40cm X 30cm. Lay the foil out and turn over the one side about 10cm and use the turned over section to start wrapping from just below the shoulders. Squeeze gently forming a cone. Tape the cone from the top, attaching masking to the shoulders as well (not too high up) working down to the point of the cone. Set aside.
  3. Prepare the poly board by scratching out the sides with a sharp object to remove pieces. Remove all the little pieces of polystyrene in the crevices and cover the entire poly board with Powertex Bronze including the scratched areas, leave to dry or use a hairdryer to speed up the drying process
  4. Pour some Powertex into a plastic container and arrange the heads and cardboard once again and stick down with the Powertex by painting a layer onto the back of the African heads and cardboard pieces. Stick down. Now paint the heads and the cardboard pieces on the poly board. Roll the long piece of corrugated board into a tube sticking it together with Powertex, leave to dry for a while and then paint a line of Powertex on the board where the tube will be attached. Leave to dry.
  5. Dip the waste cotton into the Powertex Bronze and work it through all the fibres. It must must not be dripping with Powertex. Wring out any excess Powertex. Wrap around the Masai figure from just below the shoulders, covering masking tape and continue to the point of the cone draping the extra piece onto your poly board.
  6. Using a paint brush drop Bister into the scratched out areas. Also paint a layer of Bister by running diagonally across the cotton waste and corrugated board.
  7. Decide what colours you would like to use and start by squeezing some paints onto your plastic covering, blending your colours on the poly board. Keep adding colour until you are happy with the results. I always use a sponge to put colour onto the poly board and a broad brush to blend with. Dab on more Bister for darker areas.