Mixing Plaster and stories
John Kasper (jkasper@NETTEN.NET)
Wed, 23 Oct 1996 23:07:30 -0500
>We're going to try to let some Cub Scouts make plaster of paris casts
>of animal tracks on their next campout, but the ratio of plaster to water
>that's on the package of plaster that we've got seems like it will produce
>a mix more suited for patching holes in the wall than pouring into a
>cardboard ring to make a cast of an animal track. Can anyone give me an idea
>of what ratio of plaster of water works bests? Any other useful ideas
>would be appreciated as well. Thanks!
I usually put together ziplock bags of plaster of paris that the Scouts can
take with them. Properly mixed P of P won't make it to where the tracks are
with out setting up on you. Also construction paper strips and paper clip
make a good round mold form.
WE DIDN'T have time to bring an actual track into the Scout mmeting to
demonstrate how this works. I got an old cookie tin and filled it with soft
dirt and them sprinkled woth water until the desired consistancy was
reached. I thought I would be able to sculpt a good track but my lack of
artistic ability showed through. I took a plastic fork from a local burger
joint (Wendy's) and heated it and bent the outer tines out and folded the
trhoat of the fork into a heel. This newformed 'foot' made excellent prints
that cast very well. After quite a time of trying to identify the print the
Scouts gave up, and I told them it was a 'four-toed-wendy'. Close relative
of the Snipe.
John Kasper | >>>--------> | firstname.lastname@example.org
Eagle of 1973 Scoutmaster T-415
Chickasaw Council - Memphis, TN USA
Camp Tallaha Aquatics Instructor
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