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RE: plaster sculpture


From: Duffey, Patrick G. (DuffeyP_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Sep 01 2004 - 15:58:57 PDT

I thought I heard that vermiculite has high quantities of asbestos
fibers and should not be used?


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Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 8:19 AM
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Subject: Re: plaster sculpture


In a message dated 8/29/2004 11:23:39 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

mix it with vermicullite to make a great carving medium. can be carved
with plastic butter knives if needed and depending on the amount of
verm. added. a good challenge and example of subtractive sculpture

I have done this and also added coffee grinds from my morning coffee
pot. It gives the plaster a stone look and also has little brown flecks
that imitate stone imperfections. I then sprayed the sculptures with
acrylic spray. Fooled many a parent at the exhibit as they thought the
kids carved and polished stone. ---