Plaster Hands

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Materials: Plaster gauze or other molding product, paint, other decorative materials, glue or glue gun, scissors, water, and Vasoline.

It is best to work in pairs.  To begin, cut the plaster gauze into strips.   Next, apply Vasoline to the top of the hand as a barrier between the gauze material and skin or one can where a disposable glove.  Now begin the layering of the gauze strips on top of the hand.

To begin layering, dip one gauze strip into water and place it onto the hand.  Gently, smooth out the holes in the gauze strip until they disappear and only plaster appears.  Continue this process until the entire hand and fingers are covered in plaster.  Continue until the desired thickness is achieved.   Keep the plaster on the hand for a few minutes to allow it to begin to dry and harden.  Then, slowly remove the plaster hand and set out to dry completely.

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Once the plaster hand is completely dried, it can be painted and decorated. 

Some examples of ways in which the project can be used and adapted:
*For discussing the positive and negative uses for our hands for those who are victims of violence, abuse, and anti-bullying.
*As a unifying community project.
*Couples and family project.

Ages: Pre-teens to adults.