I am planning a short workshop for the kids in my daughter's class (9yo) and I was wondering which material will be easiest and most fun for children? I thought of making wax candles molds or simple plaster molds. Any other idea is most welcome.
hi its mick pearson again i think you should stick to plaster casting for small children as its much safer than hot wax even supervised at a small age you can by ready made moulds from supercast on the web for children or by alginate rubber wich is qwite cheap and good fun you can use flat contaners with frames on them to make childrens hands and feet and put there names on the casts that the children can make by themselfs safe to use alginate is a type of seeweed rubber and it sets in two minuetes once it has set the child can pull there hand or foot out carfully and you can now use the mould that the child made for pouring in the plaster plaster of paris or stronger plaster is up to you its cheaper if you by 25kg bags you would only need one bag i get mine from marragon plaster look him up on the web i made my grand childrens hands with a kit of alginate that supplied the fame and you can you the frame manytimes happy casting mick pearson
Jade, wax candle molds will need to be used later and involves hot wax. Rather you could yet use wax and have the kids make candles directly. A formula of bees wax, with a little paraffin and resin would give you a nice modelling wax , which when kneaded will soften with body heat. Moreover you could add colors too.
The concepts of mold making (negative forms) can also be demonstrated by pressing the wax over lightly greased objects. Then you could pour plaster into them.
Another idea would be to use flour from which cookies are made. Let the kids make just about anything they fancy, then bake it and eat it too.Sounds like fun.
hi its mick pearson once more i ment to say following my answer to your qwestion the children would allso have fun painting there finished castings to take home for a small fee for a keep sake for there parents and the proseeds could go towords books for the children hope you like it
Thanks. You gave me plenty of ideas. I think I'll start with plaster. First step will be reliefs made by pressed in objects which they will be able to paint later. This will give them some idea about angles and the nature of the material they work with. If it goes well I'll try making 2 parts molds with them.
Does this plan sound doable? Time is not an issue since school will let me have as many hours as I need.