Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Coil Masks

- Clay
- Kiln
- Plastic Face Molds
- Acrylic Paint
- Paintbrushes
- Dish Soap / Vaseline

This lesson is very similar to my Ceramic Hearts done with the elementary students. Instead of making beads and coils onto a flat surface, we just made coils pressed into a face mold. We used dish soap as a lubricant first to coat the inside of the mask, ensuring that the clay does not stick to the mask and/or dry and crack. The trick for this lesson is to use thick coils, because when you start pressing and shmooshing the coils together, if they are too thin you end up with "holes."

The students' designs are.... interesting (some I admit are a little scary, haha), but the students really enjoyed making these!





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  1. very, very cool!! I love the coiled effect on the face. THanks for sharing!

  2. Very nice and original! Depending of the mask you see more or less the coiled effect.

  3. Like it. Please come see my many clay projects!

  4. Montessori, your clay projects are GREAT! Definitely bookmarked a majority of them, haha