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Lesson Plans

Re: Egyptian Books

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Thu, 21 Jan 1999 19:10:34 EST

Hi--I have done book covers with all ages that use heavy duty aluminum foil.
The students cover a piece of cardboard completely with white glue, painting
it on pretty heavily. They then place a slightly larger piece of heavy duty
aluminum foil which has been gently "crinkled" then opened up again over the
glue. They fold it over the edges of the cardboard. After this they draw
their ideas pressing onto the foil gently with a blunt pencil. (If they are
doing Egypt, appropriate designs could be used that they are studying in
class.) They need to be "light handed" in drawing as they don't want to put
holes in the foil. The project now needs to set for a day or two. The
students then cover the foil with india ink or black acrylic paint. This
needs to dry (I often use hairdryers to speed this process up) The students
then "burnish" or rub steel wool over the foil. All of the black ink stays in
the crevices of the designs and the rest of the foil returns to a slightly
shiny surface. What they are doing is "antiquing" the book cover. Holes can
be punched into the sides and the pages can be attached using leather or cord.
These book covers end up looking like tooled silver. All the best---DeDe