Plaster Projects

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The Plaster Coins lesson can be found here.

This is the Play dough recipe I used

 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons baby oil or cooking oil
  • Food coloring-optional-works best when mixed into the water
  • 6-8 drops of essential oils-optional

Directions:

Place all of the ingredients in a medium sized saucepan. Cook slowly over medium-high heat stirring constantly until the play dough thickens and forms a ball. Remove from heat and when cool enough, knead until smooth. For longer lasting dough, store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Other plaster projects:

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For these I put small amounts of plaster into a spoon, allowed them to dry and painted them in different ways. A bee, an abstract, a watermelon and a beetle.

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Plaster pressed flowers: I used modeling clay and pressed flowers and seeds into the clay. I created a dam around the image with strips of wood. I poured in plaster to fill the dam. I added a paper clip for hanging. I allowed the plaster to harden overnight. I unmolded and painted. This was based on the art of Rachel Dein

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Leaves: I used a banana leaf. I mixed enough plaster to fill the back of the leaf. I made the plaster a little bit thicker-like oatmeal so that it would hold the shape easier. I spread the plaster on the leaf with a spoon and smoothed it with a plastic knife. I used rolled up newspaper placed under the leaf to give it some support while the plaster dried.

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I used a plastic frozen meal container (lightly sprayed with cooking spray). Poured the plaster in, placed a paper clip in the soft plaster towards the top of the container so that it could be hung up later. Un molded when firm then painted the scene and sealed it with spray sealant.

On the counter in their molds…top is the banana leaf, middle is the spoons and soda bottle tea light, bottom is the pressed floral image.

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