I love these ideas, Judy - the shabtis are sounding good right now. Do you remember any tips about using faience?
From: Judy Decker [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 09, 2003 9:22 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Egyptian paste Jan
My sixth graders made little Ushabtis (small mummy
shaped forms) - guardian figures to serve them in
their daily life (like their Ushabti was supposed to
wash the dishes - or do their homework - all in fun -
My Ushabit was supposed to grade papers).
They made small ceramic sargaphagus for the Ushabtis -
but you could make cardboard boxes (maybe paper mache
them....or even better - gold foil tooling boxes (you
cover a cardboard boxes with the tooling foil ---easy
Another idea would be scarab jewley. Maybe combine
with tooling foil. Tooling foil gold collars with
scarabs glued as center of interest.
Small little animals from Ancient Egypt - tie in with
science - Remember Wilbur the hippo? (I remember
seeing a site with animals from Egypt) - Also tie in
meaning/symbolism of the animals. Maybe make some kind
of pendant - then wallpaper triangle beads - include
some tooled foil danglies. (You need a bead tree to
fire Egyptian paste beads) You could add some pny bead
- or other kind of store bought beads. String up on
that black satin cord.
If you are interested in either of these ideas - let
me know and I'll brainstorm more for you -- AND
provide links. (Smile - you know where to find me if
you want more Jdecker@woh.rr.com) I think you get the
idea that small is best with Egyptian paste. It is
kind of hard to work with - a bit stiff - but very
doable with kids. I seem to remember something about
drying it too-- maybe slowly? - for best firing color.
--- "Hillmer, Jan" <hillmjan@Berkeleyprep.org> wrote:
> My 5th grade students are studying Egypt right now,
> and I have some Egyptian paste, which, I believe, is
> a faience (?)
> Any ideas or suggestions for the use of this?