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Roman Mosaics and temple frames: HELP!!


Date: Wed Mar 12 2003 - 08:08:00 PST

Hi Judy!
Boy these are as breathtaking as I remember! Good for you and your class!
I only wish I'd had copied these images then.
We have finished the Mosaics and they are fabulous.
My problem, as I mentioned once before, is the frames.
They look boring.
We have no kiln so we used craft sticks layered one upon the other for the
shape. That worked nicely for the steps, etc. Obviously it didn't do
anything for the tops of the columns.
We covered the craft stick frames in plaster strips but that left a poxed
effect (holes on the surface) so we covered that with modeling paste.
My first time to use modeling paste and I didn't realize how gross it is.
The kids tried to apply it with carving tools and mold it to the surface but
it was uneven and had granules in it. So it made for more of a stucco
effect than anything else. Couldn't sand it either like I'd hoped.
I investigated the rock spray but felt it would not be acceptable because the
art show judges are very wary of anything man-made looking. So I thought
they could achieve this effect with the paint that you paint on and wipe off
for patina effects, etc., paints in buff colors used for antique painting.
I have dabbled in these a bit but they don't do very well with such a rough
My question:
Should I, in your opinion, use a claycrete type of moldable pulp for paper
mache to add some of the rolled column tops-I can't remember what these are
called-and other details like your kids did? Leaves and pineapples (can you
remember any other touches that they added)?
Or should I add Omyacolor Plastiroc Air Dry Clay (I have two 2 oz sticks for
each student but I have never used it-do you think it would stick to the
frames or would it have to be glued?) To add some detail to the pieces?
Finally some mod podge for shine? That might help the Matt-stucco look and
make it look more like fired clay.
Also should we paint the items in real colors like your kids did-green
leaves-yellow pineapple, etc.
Thank you so much for your wonderful lessons, I know ours won't look like
yours but I will post them soon when we are done.
You have really added a great deal to my student's art education!
Thank you,
P.S. I know the moral of this situation is to do a sample first!!!!!!! Oh