The serene flowers in their gold containers above were taught a delightful workshop in Charleston SC (see Charleston Works It .. Park Two, Archives). Unfortunately, I was out of the room at that time. So I had to teach myself in a project that couldn’t be messier! The containers are made from plaster-impregnated cloth.
Cut the plaster cloth into small pieces, strips work especially well. Don’t make the strips too long or they will be harder to spread out after they are lightly moistened. There is already a lot of white plaster detritus that spills from the rather cheese cloth like fabric. This is definitely an apron and rubber glove project. You know its messy if I put on an apron!
Dip each strip quickly in water. Beginning on the bottom of the balloon, cross and cross the strips to create a surface, smoothing the plaster as you go. The more you overlap the strips in several directions, the stronger the shape will be when it is dried.
With the bottom covered, move the balloon right side up. You can see my first mistake. I used a non-permanent magic marker to give me a guide for the edge of the shape. Unfortunately it bled into the plaster! Set the finished plastered balloons aside. They should still have the balloon inside. Very gently press them down on the tabletop to create a slightly flat bottom.
Allow to dry overnight. Then with a pin, gently pop the balloon. Shake out any loose plaster like the ones on the left. Paint them whatever colors you choose. The inside is sprayed with Modern Master gold metallic paint by Design Master.
To paint the outside a metallic silver color without getting it inside, place the orbs on top of jars or bottles. I am using other spray paint cans to hold them up. The spray will reach all surfaces but not the inside. On the left is mistake number two. The container on the left is the first one I made. You can see I pushed down on the table a little too forcefully.