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Plaster sculpture lesson

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Bunki Kramer (
Tue, 19 Nov 1996 23:15:43 -0800

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>Hi Bunki-- Once you posted a neat sculpture idea using balls of plaster
>into which the kids carved filligree designs. I had a harddrive problem
>awhile back and lost many of the things I had saved in my email
>account--Alas, your idea is gone! I want to use that very soon with some
>students, could you send me that info again? My deepest appreciation!!!
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HI, Bonnie....You bet. Working with 5-6 students at a time, we cover a
table with newspaper and kids stand around table while I mix 1/3 water, 1/3
vermiculite and 1/3 plaster in a big bucket ( I use a med. sized coffee
can...not a big one... for measuring each). As the plaster just starts to
thicken, I pour out thicken plaster onto paper in 5-6 piles. Students pick
them up and each starts rolling them into a ball while it hardens. They get
to feel the clamminess and then the warmth as it sets up (that's the neat
part). We wrap each ball with newspaper and put into their dark cubbies
until the next day. The balls stay damp and are perfect to start carving
the next day with small kitchen paring knives you can get 3 for $1 or
regular dinner knives kids can bring from home. The thin paring knives are
super for filigree work. We work outside under a tree as it's messy work.
After they are finished (about 2 days),
they immerse quickly into a bucket of water to get the dust off. You can
sandpaper for smoothness if you want. We do. After dipping in water, let
dry and I put them high up on top of the cabinets for 2-3 weeks and the
heat at that level dries them to a hard white color. Now you can paint them
with tempera, if you wish. Hope this helps. Any questions, let me
know...and let me know how they turn out! Cya.........

Bunki Kramer

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