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RE: plastercraft hands


From: King, Jean (JKING5_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Nov 20 2004 - 06:17:46 PST

Good morning!


We did faces one year and hands the next, using the plaster impregnated gauze.


The temperature of the water is not a factor in the set up time, as far as I know. When plaster and water meet it is just a chemical reaction, temperature not withstanding. It is simply a matter of comfort. I don't know about you, but I prefer a nice warm moist feeling to the shock of the bracingly cold.


I used Nivea lotion instead of Vaseline as the release. Vaseline is difficult to get off and greasy if it gets on anything (or one) else. Nivea works and it doesn't make so much mess. I bought it at the drugstore. It came in a large royal blue plastic bottle located with all the other hand and body lotions. I bought a several large bottles and found that I really only needed about one and a half.


Hope this helps.

Jean King

        -----Original Message-----
        From: dn []
        Sent: Sat 11/20/2004 7:34 AM
        To: ArtsEdNet Talk
        Subject: plastercraft hands

        I am thinking about using Plastercraft to make molds of my 8th grade
        student's hands, and I have a few questions about timing and process.
        We meet for 45 minute periods; if we use hot or warm water will this allow
        enough time for the plaster to set?
        Also, should students use some sort of a release before applying the
        plaster. I imagine that their skin may dry out a lot from the contact with
        plaster, but has anyone run into students having more severe skin reactions
        to the materials?