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Make a false cast

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    Get a roll of toilet paper. This method of doing a false cast requires a lot of toilet paper, so you'll probably want to start with a full roll to make sure you have enough. If you try to do a "leg cast" this way, you will use up a lot of it.

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    Tear off a strip of five or six sheets.Just like with a paper mache project, you'll need to form the "plaster" in smaller strips and sections, so start by tearing off a strip of toilet paper about five or six sheets long.[5]
    • So that the process does not take that long, you can actually double each strip of toilet paper. So tear off another strip of the same length and completely overlap it.[6] Not only will this add thickness to the "plaster of paris", but it will also help reinforce the strips when you get them wet.
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    Get the strips wet. You need to get the strips a little damp, but definitely not soak them just yet because they will be too brittle to wrap around your arm. If you have a spray bottle, just mist the strips with water instead of soaking them.

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    Wrap the damp strips around your forearm or shin.Whichever spot you chose for your "cast", start by wrapping the damp toilet paper around the top edge of where the corresponding cast would stop.[7]For an ankle cast, that's around your shin; for a wrist cast, it's around your forearm.
    • You should start at the top of the cast because it's much easier to get around the bend of your ankle or around your thumb after you already have a base to work with.
    • Don't worry about wrapping the toilet paper all the way to the end of your limb, just wrap it over yourself to start with.
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    Add more water to the toilet paper. Once you've wrapped the strip around your shin or forearm, add more water. You should use a spray bottle, or even snap water from your fingers onto the toilet paper, because holding it under running water will dissolve the toilet paper.

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    Squeeze out any excess water.With more water on the toilet paper, it is more malleable and extra layers more easily adhere to it; however, the layers won't stick if it's too wet, so start by wrapping your hand around your forearm or shin and squeezing any excess water out of the toilet paper.[8]
    • Apply direct pressure because if you pull on the toilet paper instead of pushing against it, it will likely tear.
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    Add another piece of toilet paper of the same length.When the first piece is in place, you should add a second double strip of the same size. Glue one end of the double strip to the current part of the "plaster cast". The moisture in the first part makes the second double strip stick to it enough that you can wrap it. Then add more water and squeeze it out again.[9]
    • You should repeat this step until the part on your arm is the thickness you are happy with, which will likely be three or four uses.
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    Add a damp double strip of the same size around your wrist or ankle.When the top of the cast is done, you can now hang over to your wrist or ankle, depending on where you placed the "cast". Use the same length of double strips as before, moisten it, and carefully apply it over the flexible joint.[10]
    • For your ankle, you need to keep your ankle at a 90-degree angle from here or you run the risk of ripping the toilet paper.
    • On and around your wrist, from your wrist, you need to wrap the toilet paper around your palm (so that it runs over the L-shape between your thumb and forefinger), over the back of your hand, and then finally back over your palm (but this time on the outside of your thumb).[11] This gives your hand realistic looking coverage while still leaving your thumb and fingers free, like an actual wrist cast.
    • You repeat this step until you are satisfied with the lower part of the cast, which will likely require a total of three or four layers, or however many you used for the upper part.
    • Make sure to keep moistening the strips and then squeezing them out between each addition.[12]
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    Add colored pulp all around the "plaster".If you want to create the illusion of a colored cast, you can pick the color of pulp you want and wrap a layer or two of the pulp around the "plaster of paris" when you are satisfied with it.
    • Be extra careful when adding the pulp to the damp toilet paper, as the pulp is even more fragile.
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    Wait until the "plaster" is dry.Once you are satisfied with the toilet paper and pulp, you simply have to wait for the paper to dry. The toilet paper will harden as it dries, which gives the "plaster of paris" a more realistic look.[13]
    • If you're in a hurry, you can also use a hair dryer to help the drying process get going.
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    Don't forget to keep the limb straight.The toilet paper can still tear pretty easily, so remember to keep your wrist or ankle in one position while you have the "cast" on because movement can break it.
    • Using a pair of crutches on a "cast foot" is a great way to both sell the prank and keep yourself from bending your ankle.