Marlyn-thanks for the information. I tried something similar last year.
Students made masks from clay which we used as molds, but I also wanted
them to learn about plaster casting, so we made some extra masks, then
cast them in plaster of Paris(before firing), then used the plaster
casts as molds for the paper. I think the bisqueware castings came out
better, but at least they had the experience with plaster. We then took
all the papercast faces and made extra pulp with which to attach them to
each other in a relief sculpture about 4'x4'. We also experimented with
dryer lint, flower petals, foil pieces, etc.
Linda > ---------- > From: Ron Pachter[SMTP:rpachter] > Sent: Thursday, March 19, 1998 11:01 PM > To: artsednet.edu > Subject: papercasting > > Two projects in one. We make our own paper casting "molds" from slabs > of > red clay (my favorite because I like the porous nature of it) but any > cone > 06-04 clay works well. Amaco has a good project sheet on this casting > method using their commercial molds, but I like to make my own--more > flexibility and much less expensive. > > First we slab out the clay, then press or carve designs into it to > make > molds. I have some commercial molds like are sold in craft stores to > show > them as well as other examples. The commercial ones are quite > expensive and > limiting to creative processes. I have made some wonderful ones just > by > pressing flat toys, refrigerator magnets, pieces of wood, etc. into > the > clay. You can also carve a relief into the clay. Allow to dry and > fire to > bisque. > > Spray the mold well with a no-stick spray and wipe excess out. Blend > any > paper making mixture (i prefer cotton linter or a linter-paper mix) > into a > paper pulp and pile gobs of the wet pulp into the mold. > > Press excess water out with a sponge, and finish getting as much water > out > as possible with a towel. It is critical to good, smooth castings that > the > pulp is pressed well into the mold and that as much of the excess > water is > removed as possible. Allow to dry naturally, or you can hasten it in > an > oven or a kiln that has been pre-heated to warm and shut off. Pieces > should > pop right out--encourage stuck edges with a dull knife if needed. > They can > be painted or left natural. If you find your paint bleeds, add a tbs. > of > liquid starch to your blender water when pulping. > > Several pieces are then assembled together into a paper relief. > Backgrounds > can be drawn, painted, watercolor washed, etc. Effects are limitless > and > kids love it. One student did a beautiful piece that was fish done > entirely > from paper egg carton pulp and she paper cast single sheets that she > collaged for a background and put the fish on top. And then GAVE it > to me. > > Larger slabs can be reliefed into a whole composition for more > advanced > students and this can be done for almost any age. > > Hope this is good for some of you--both clay ideas and papermaking > came up > this past week or so and this is one of my favorite projects. Wanted > to try > to pay some of you back for your kindnesses and superior info. > > Regards. Marlyn > In not so sunny Florida where it will stop raining some day I'm sure. >