Scrimshaw is a famous technique used by the Inuit. The Inuit
engraved pictures that told stories in ivory and then rubbed the carving with lampblack.
Have the students make a scrimshaw picture.
- Prepare plaster of Paris and pour it into an empty
meat Styrofoam container.
- Wait approximately five minutes for the plaster of
Paris to be almost hard. Then scratch a scene using paper
clips or a dull pencil.
- When the picture is finished, allow the plaster of
become completely hard. Next rub a small amount of black shoe polish across the finished
- Wait about 24 hours before removing the plaster from
the meat tray.
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