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Re: [teacherartexchange] clay and plaster question


Date: Sat Oct 25 2008 - 19:20:18 PDT


A number of years ago, I did this-it was plaster casting.

This is how I did it:
I piled the clay into a drawer from an old bureau and leveled it off.

I kept it moist with plastic and wet towels - it could be reused.

I had the kids build rectanglular frames from cheap strapping they
butted and glued and nailed with brads at the corners. They hammered
a row of nails on the inside several inches long (sticking out) and
put screw eyes 2/3 way up.

I used pieces of burlap maybe 3" square but not measured.

When ready the kids pushed the frame into the clay. In the aperture
they pushed items-plastic toys rocks twigs, textured items,

The items were removed leaving an impression in the clay. Then the
paster was poured into the frame and burlap peices put on top to give
the casting more strength. (Of course the nails sticking in the sides
also give armature support.)

Let the plaster set and then with some good strength, yank the casting
out. It will be in its own frame and you can add wire to hang it.

The plaster can later be painted if you want.

It was a cool project-I did it with a high school group in the 80's.

But now I teach K-8.

Good luck,
Barbara from Boston

Quoting Sue Stevens <>:

> Hi all,
> I have a large quantity of excess clay and would like to do something
> with my seniors (they have already done clay projects where the clay
> was fired)....I also have a large quantity of plaster which I was
> thinking could be used. Has anyone made plaster 'tiles' using clay as
> the 'mold'? I would like the end product to be a wall hanging of some
> form, maybe using the clay to create the mold, with objects pushed into
> it, then plaster poured into/onto fruit, or twigs, or
> other things to make an impression.
> Suggestions? Anyone got pictures of finished products? Anyone done a
> lesson similar?? Best way to hang?? (there has to be something better
> than a paper clip in the plaster)....Any other ideas for excess clay
> and plaster??
> sue ---
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