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Casting??? Would this work?? Brainstorming.


Date: Mon Aug 19 2002 - 20:11:46 PDT

Okay, as I still try to come up with ideas for other Greek projects and different KINDS of projects, I started brainstorming about all the things that have been suggested--reliefs, carytids, Barbie and Ken, figures, muslin in glue, etc. etc.

I'm thinking out loud, but what if I used a Barbie or similar sort of doll to make a mold..... I could use dental alginate, but it's pretty expensive and I'd rather save it for other projects--especially since I'd have to make a new mold for each student...

But anyhow, what if I made a mold of the front of a doll, then used plaster in the mold? Only doing half so that the back would be flat and could then even conceivably be attached to something so that it would look like a relief sculpture.

After the plaster came out of the mold, kids could use white sheets dipped in white glue to form robes...spray paint the whole finished thing white....capable kids COULD do some carving on it, too....

So as I visualize this, I'm just wondering what to use to make the mold.... Could I use sculpey and bake it? What sort of mold release would be needed to get the plaster out of the mold so that it could be used repeatedly? Would wet sand give enough detail as a mold? (I kind of doubt it...)

Any ideas? (While I'm reluctant to get back into this, I've got to admit that I enjoy this type of brainstorming!!)