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Re: [teacherartexchange] need help with fountain artwork


From: Ken Schwab (bicyclken_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Feb 06 2009 - 08:28:42 PST

If you cast the hands with plaster gauze It will be a mold. Paint it with white glue and water to form a crust and hardness, then spray with crystal clear or similar product to have a slick shell that will repel water.

Next put Vaseline in the mold and then use paper (newspaper strips and white glue to line the inside of the mold and apply at least 3 layers. Let dry and apply more, like 2 more.

When this has dried, remove the newsprint and you will have a cast of the mold. The mold could be made in two halves and then put together. I used to do this when we had sculpture as a component of the A.P. portfolio. It went pretty well and if sprayed with a fixative or some sealer can be outside.

Maybe this will work you can try a small one to see.

Ken Schwab
San Jose, CA

--- On Fri, 2/6/09, Rebecca Burch <> wrote:

> From: Rebecca Burch <>
> Subject: [teacherartexchange] need help with fountain artwork
> To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <>
> Date: Friday, February 6, 2009, 8:08 AM
> I am participating in an art exhibit based on the Stations
> of the
> Cross. My station is "Jesus is Judged by Pontius
> Pilate," and I want
> to do a fountain, with cast hands being "washed'
> by a constant stream
> of water.
> What would be the best way to cast actual human hands and
> add water to
> the piece? I want detail -- skin wrinkles, etc... I am
> thinking of
> plaster casts that are sealed somehow, but is there another
> medium
> that might be a better choice? I would probably rig a
> fountain kit to
> go into the piece so the water constantly pours over the
> hands, and
> build a shrine around the hands to hide the mechanical
> stuff.
> Suggestions?
> Thanks,
> Becky
> Charleston WV
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