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Re: [teacherartexchange] sculpture materials


From: susan swanson (artgirl60_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Jul 22 2007 - 12:19:09 PDT

I found a great deal on plaster gauze through Sacs Distributors on
ebay auctions. I paid 3.99 for 25.lbs +15.99 for shipping. I bought
50lbs for around $38.00. I have enough gauze for the rest of my

On 7/9/07, Jerry Vilenski <> wrote:
> You didn't mention how large you wanted your
> sculptures to be--is this a group effort (large
> single) or individual sculptures?
> I don't think anyone has mentioned using plaster gauze
> for sculpture. This material gives a product that is
> strong and relatively lightweight, yet paints up
> nicely. My suggestion would be to construct an
> armature from aluminum wire for small sculptures, wood
> scraps and wire for larger. You can "bulk up" wire
> armatures with aluminum foil or paper towels wrapped
> around the wire before coating in plaster gauze.
> Gauze comes in rolls or sheets. You simply cut the
> gauze with scissors into manageable pieces, then dip
> the piece in water then drape the gauze onto the
> armature. Smooth out the plaster to cover the gauze
> texture and wait around 15 minutes to harden the
> plaster. Because of the quick set up features of
> plaster, you can build multiple layers on a sculpture
> in a relatively quick time, which makes the work
> extremely strong. Finish the work in acrylic paint
> for a long lasting finish. Wire armatures can be made
> into virtually any shape, realistic or abstract, and
> the gauze simply follows the shape, whatever it is.
> Hope this helps, Jerry
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