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RE: plastercraft hands


From: Jean King (jdking_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Nov 20 2004 - 06:56:26 PST

Good morning!

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

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: Saturday, November 20, 2004 7:35 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
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
plaster, but has anyone run into students having more severe skin
to the materials?