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RE: Plaster gauze on faces (Carolyn)


Date: Wed Sep 04 2002 - 20:48:07 PDT

<<Second, years ago I used to do plaster cloth masks directly on the face of my students. Now that I am back teaching art at the high school level and while looking at art supply catalogs I noticed that plaster is no longer recommended for direct skin contact. Has health issues developed?>>

While I've never had a problem using vaseline and plaster gauze directly on a student's face, I've become more cautious. When I did this project at a summer camp this past summer, I used plastic wrap on the kids before applying the plaster gauze. While we lost a LITTLE bit of detail, it worked fine this way and I felt it was a safer alternative.

Here's a link to the masks that 5th - 8th graders did at the camp:

As you'll note in the pictures, some kids also did their hands and arms. I let them use vaseline and plaster gauze directly there, but I won't use it anymore on faces since the plastic wrap worked so well.