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RE: [teacherartexchange] Plaster Sculputre - - Wet or dry


Date: Mon May 23 2005 - 17:26:40 PDT

Carolyn, I have my students pour the mixed plaster into small lunch room
milk cartons and then tear that off and carve. I have the students store
them everyday in a baggie, so they don't dry all the way out. Yes, it
does cause rusty tools if they don't dry them, but the students cut
themselves less this way and find it easier to carve.
Middle School Art Instructor
Mitchell, SD <>


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Sent: Monday, May 23, 2005 4:45 PM
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Subject: [teacherartexchange] Plaster Sculputre - - Wet or dry

Since my school system will be in full swing until mid June, I am making
plans to keep those little hands and minds busy! I poured plaster
blocks today in milk cartons for my eighth graders. WE will be taking
the plaster blocks outside during the last week to create subtractive
QUESTION - - - Is it best to make plaster sculpture with dry plaster
blocks that have been allowed to dry our or damp blocks that have been
recently poured and stored in plastic? I guess the damp plaster would
make less mess but I fear that our sculpture tools will rust from the
damp plaster. I could use your expertise! Thanks.
Carolyn in VA. Beach
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