I don't have a dust problem with this activity because the plaster medium is
still wet when the students carve it. The mixture has to cure over night to be
solid enough to come out of the molds, but then it goes into plastic bags to
stay moist until it is carved. The material that is carved off can actually be
squished back together and modeled a bit, although it is not real effective for
adding back on to the carved sculptures. Actual drying time of the sculpture -
to it's hardest state- takes at least a couple of days, depending on humidity.
>How do you handle the dust problem? Are they all wearing little masks or is
>some way around this?
Visual Art Studies
University of Texas at Austin