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Re: Plaster mask project

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Lauretta A. Hendricks-Backus (
Wed, 08 Apr 1998 06:31:22 -0500

>Has anyone used the plaster-impregnated strips...... and can advise me about
>the media?? I want to do a simple mask project with 6th graders. It has
>a long-standing art tradition in my school to do this with 6th, so I hate to
>disappoint. I've heard you can put vaseline on their faces,,, or plastic
>(with holes cut for nose)... How long does this need to dry on their faces,
>and how many layers are needed? I don't think I want to mache' over it,,,,
>just paint. I have 90 students and 2 20- pound boxes of strips. Does this
>sound like enough material???


Ugh! I did this just last month. I suggest you do a trial one on your own
with a volunteer so you can work out any kinks. We vaseline faces(heavily)
and bandannaed hair back and only covering eyes mouths and noses of those
who could handle it. Even then I had one kid freak out who could not stand
the claustrophobia of it. You have to lay still for at least 20 min before
they get hard enough to remove with out distorting the shape. Really try a
prototype first it will illiminate any surprises.

retta hb