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Chalk Recipe

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Robert Nickelson (
Tue, 21 Apr 1998 11:07:31 MST

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I found this recipe on the internet -- I did a search -- I have never
used it -- but I did watch a kids show that demo this same recipe --
the sidewalk artist made tons of it and it worked for him -- I hope it
works for you.


This recipe is for one (1) piece of chalk. You will need to multiply
the amount and use different colors of tempra paint if you would like
different colors.

3/4 cup Warm Water

1 Toilet Tissue Cardboard Tube

1-1/2 cups Plaster of Paris

2-3 Tablespoons Powdered Tempra Water Based Paints

A roll of wax paper

A plastic container for mixing the ingredients together.

1. Close up one end of the toilet tissue tube with duct tape. Place
inside the tube a loosely rolled piece of wax paper to create a liner.
The liner will keep the chalk plaster from sticking to the cardboard

2. Pour water into the mixing container. Slowly sprinkle the plaster
of paris a little at a time into the water until the plaster no longer
dissolves. Stir the mixture. Now mix in 2 or 3 tablespoons of the
tempra paint. When it is is throughly mixed you can now pour it into
the cardboard tube.

3. Stand the tube up with the sealed end on a flat surface. Slowly
pour the colored plaster. With your fingers tap the sides of the tube
in different areas to release any air bubbles. Now let it dry for 1 or
2 days (depending on the humidity in your environment). When it is dry
slowly tear and pull off the cardboard mold.
Robert Nickelson
Payson Middle School
851 West 450 South
Payson, Utah 84651
(801) 465-6040