Why use Plaster of Paris?
Artists have long used the product to create masks, sculptures, and other three dimensional projects. You can also create homemade crafts such as bubble paint and sidewalk chalk using Plaster of Paris. Thus, it’s a versatile product, which can be used in a variety of ways.
Plaster of Paris can be purchased at many venues. It can be purchased online, in art catalogs, and in art and craft supply stores. You can buy Plaster of Paris bandages where you only need to dip the bandages into the water to activate them for whatever craft that you plan to use them for, whether that is making a pi or a mask. Additionally, you can purchase Plaster of Paris in powder form that needs to be mixed with warm water to use for various art projects.
But for those who are frugal, you can make a type of Plaster of Paris – depending on how creative that you want to be and what type of projects that you want to make. Most experts would agree that it’s simpler to go buy a bag or plastic container of Plaster of Paris powder to later mix with water than create your own product. However, you can create your own plaster of Paris for simpler projects.
Making homemade Plaster of Paris is a great experience for children in preschool to the early elementary grades. Also, if you are making homemade projects and are on a tight budget, the white glue or flour preparations are a great option than buying Plaster of Paris powder in arts and crafts supply stores.
In order to make homemade Plaster of Paris, you probably have all of the supplies you need at home, and it’ll take only a moment to make the product for your craft. There are two homemade recipes that you can choose from to make Plaster of Paris.
First, you can make a paste that is diluted white glue and warm water. Basically, you use two parts white glue with one part warm water. Put the glue and water into a plastic bowl. Add more water, while stirring the mixture, until you get a soupy mixture. The final product should be watery yet still have a slight white glue consistency.
Second, you can create a flour paste to use as Plaster of Paris. Use two to three cups of white flour with one cup to two cups of warm water. Mix the flour and water in a plastic bowl until there are no lumps, and the consistency is a smooth paste that’s easy to stir.
It’s recommended that you use the above recipes with strips of newspaper or gauze strips to make:
- Paper mache
- Bubble paint
- Sidewalk chalk
A note of caution: You may need some extra time for the glue mixture to dry. And make sure that you soak the newspaper or gauze strips completely before transferring them onto the model that you’ll be using to make your project.
Your final product will be completely homemade by mixing your own Plaster of Paris. With enough time and thought to the consistency needed to make the Plaster of Paris, you’ll be successful and satisfied with your art or craft project.