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Re: Egyptian Books

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Dianna (dmammone)
Wed, 20 Jan 1999 21:36:38 -0500

How about polymer clays? Some brand names are Sculpey, Fimo and Premo.
Sculpey is the softest clay to work with but also the most brittle. Premo
is stiffer and needs to be conditioned like all of them do, but it is nice
and stiff and sturdy when oven baked. I use an old toaster oven or take a
whole classes work home on a big cookie sheet and bake in my regular oven.
They have wonderful metallic clays, the gold premo is awesome, looks like
real gold. You could make scarab beetles or such (using a press mold would
be easiest) and apply that or any other designs you would like to the
surface of the books front cover. If you are making 8 by 11 books you
probably won';t be able to afford it, but if you make smaller books, maybe
accordion pleat or such, you could do it.
If your school can set up a wholesale account,(or if you are a professional
artist yourself) you would qualify for wholesale price which is 505 less. I
buy Premo for 10.00 per pound. If you can't afford to make the whole covers
in clay maybe you could use cereal box cardboard spray painted a background
color with polymer additions. There are faux turquoise recipes to use with
the clay so maybe you could embellish it with beads...
I know I'm carrying on but I love this medium and I see how well it can work
in classroom situations. Sorry to rattle on....
-----Original Message-----
From: Melissa Chaney <meemo>
To: artsednet <>
Date: Wednesday, January 20, 1999 8:43 PM
Subject: Egyptian Books

>The social studies teachers in my building (6th grade center) are
>creating Egyptian books with their students. In the books they will
>create pages of hyroglyphics, reports about mummys and other information
>they get in class. The teachers came to me for an idea of how to create
>book covers for these books. The books will be the typical 8 1/2" by
>11". I guess I'm brain dead. They wanted something other than just
>decorating construction paper but something that isn't too messy for a
>social studies room. I just can't think of anything. Any ideas?