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Impending paper-mache disaster! any advice?


Date: Thu Nov 01 2001 - 17:04:35 PST

2 weeks ago one of the 1st grade teachers asked me if I would
do paper-mache pumpkins with her students. I have not done
any kind of paper-mache in maybe forever, (first year teacher)
but I said sure... she assured me that it would be a snap, showed
me a Martha Stewart magazine with some wonderful pumpkins
made of tissue paper, and said she thought crepe paper would
work just fine. So... I bought balloons, and crepe paper, made
Ross paste, tried it out first myself, and the crepe paper
just disintegrated in the process. First disaster averted, I bought
and cut strips of tissue... long story shorter... the first graders
found the whole process difficult, and complained bitterly the
first period we did this. The balloons hanging up are covered
with perhaps 2 out of 4 of the necessary layers, and some
look like mummies' heads unraveling... some didn't even get
one layer on. 2 weeks later, (no school last week for the
first grades), the balloons have all shrunken so that there is
a good layer of air between the balloon and the tissue-mache.
Should I quit while I'm not ahead and do something else
tomorrow? or should we attempt to save these somehow?
Sadder and definitely not wiser,