Plaster Die Maker

Cast plaster dies for hydraulic ram presses that form pottery wares.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $44,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Plaster Die Makers do?

Casts plaster dies for hydraulic ram press that forms pottery ware: Places wire mesh over die face of master model and presses or taps mesh with wooden mallet to contour of model. Wires nonmetallic conduit to wire mesh. Removes wire mesh assembly and sponges soap solution on model surface to separate die halves after casting. Lowers steel die rings over outside rim of each half of model and places wire mesh assembly over model face. Wires assembly to die rings. Mixes hydrostone with water and pours mixture into each half of model to top of die ring. Separates die from model and attaches airhose to die to remove water from dies. Sponges remaining moisture from dies. Places finished dies in storage rack.


Should I be a Plaster Die Maker?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Plastic Die Maker Apprentice, Ram-Die Maker

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