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Re: flour and water paste ???

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KSchiavo00_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Oct 14 2001 - 19:19:28 PDT


I used flour and water for our screamers and homecoming float forms. I
suggest she get some fans to move the air. With the chilly, damp weather we
have ( I'm in Michigan), it will take FOREVER. I had three fans going 24
hours on one "tiger" for homecoming just so it would dry. My students made
screamers last year during winter - and those forms dried overnight as they
hung from the ceiling. I do have 3 blow dryers to help with those really wet
areas (usually joints) that just don't want to dry.
       My suggestion to her is to mix the water and flour to a consistancy of
pancake batter for thin to medium pancakes. I always do a demo for the kids
and pass it around so they could see the consistancy. I start with a large
margarine size tub and fill half w/water. While one hand is in water
(warm/tempid) the other id dry and sprinkling flour over my wet hand as I
stir and mix to minimize lumps. I have students stop adding flour as they
reach the "batter" stage.
       I then demonstrate how to "squeegee" the batter off the paper strip
with two fingers over the container (to hold down the mess and maximize the
mixture). This assures that there isn't a ton of mixture being plopped on
the form. Just when they think they are finished, I have the students rub
down the area for 3-5 minutes to set the flower. Mixture on form becomes
pastey and this helps secure the "nooks and crannies", By this time the kids
hands are getting crusty which is a signal that they could begin to clean up.
 I hope this helps her.
Kathy in Kalamazoo

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