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Lesson Plans


Papermaking/casting

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Sharon Barrett Kennedy (sharonbk)
Wed, 15 Dec 1999 19:35:27 -0500


Hi, all--

I'll be teaching a papercraft craft during the month of January for a small
group of students grades 5-12. I want to include papermaking and
papercasting, but I've never even tried this myself.

I'm stocking up on library books and I ordered a book from amazon.com the
other day, but I'd like to consult the true experts--you guys.

Is there some special stuff you have to buy to get paper to release when
you're casting? I read about spraying or spreading something inside of the
molds.

When making paper, do you have to add some sort of chemical to the mush?
I've seen references to that in some of the books I've seen, but I'd like to
keep all this as safe and simple as possible--with lots of time for
experimentation.

Is it best to go about all of this with homemade materials (dishpans, screen
frames, etc.) or is a kit worth the investment?

What do I really need to know to make this course a success? (And I'm sure
I'll have even more questions once I'm up to my elbows in the stuff!)

Thanks for your help--
Sharon

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