I got this amazing big box of Plast'rcraft by Pacon this summer, and decided to test drive it with a student I give private art lessons (she had just finished 4th grade). I'm not a 3-D person...but LOVED this project & product!
We started by creating an armature using plastic water bottles & masking tape. My student created a rhino/bear creature....and I made the fish.
The directions are simple! However, I should have thought things through a bit. Precutting the Plast'rcraft into smaller strips would have been best for a project such as this. Cause once you get messy....it is harder to backtrack.
The product went on well...and clung to our armature. If you like the texture of the gauze, then you can leave it. If you want a smoother surface...just dip your finger in water and rub. The plaster fills in the spaces nicely for a smoother finish.
I think having a solid armature is important. The masking tape we used came from Dollar General, and wasn't the greatest. I ended up using the Plast'rcraft to "hold" things together. Next time I'll make sure my tape is a better quality.
We still need to paint them, but they turned out great! I was amazed at how strong they came once the product dried. I know...should have guest plaster based products would do such a thing!?!?! ha ha A project like this in a classroom would work, but would have to be broken up into 3 different class times more than likely. Day 1, sketch & create armature. Day 2, cover armature in Plast'rcraft. Day 3, paint sculpture. Managing supplies is also essential. It is going to get messy...so be prepared!
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