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Life-Sized Mummy Case
Transform a cardboard box into a mummy case, complete with painted decorations and a mummy face mask and hands cast from life.

Lila Kadaj, Maybury Elementary, Detroit

Note: This is Lesson 8, 9 and 10 of a 19-lesson unit on making a mummy case. See Preparation and Resources for other lessons in the unit.


rigid wrap; can precut into thin strips of various lengths
Vaseline or similar product
tempera paints

Mummies KadajHave on hand:

small bowls for wetting plaster gauze
covered work surface
paint shirts (especially for the mask and hand models)

Lesson 8: Face Mask Demonstration
Teacher demonstrates how to use rigid wrap plaster gauze to make a cast of a studentīs face. Itīs important to have pre-cut strips and water ready. The student will want to wear a paint shirt, and tie back long hair. Apply a generous amount of Vaseline onto studentīs face (except eyes and nostrils), stopping at the jaw and hair lines. Itīs critical that the entire face is covered with Vaseline including the eyebrows. Start with strips on the forehead, work down the side of the face to the jaw line, stopping a the chin. Apply one layer, doing the lips and nose last. Donīt cover the eyes or nostrils! After the mold is removed, Vaseline can be washed off with soap and water.
(Note: Petroleum-free Vaseline is available at health food stores, for those sensitive to petroleum). Students finish session by precutting strips of rigid wrap for the next session.

Lesson 9: Students Make Face Masks
Review the steps for making the mask, and select a volunteer from each group to have his or her face cast. Check to be sure that the entire face, especially the eyebrows, are well-covered with Vaseline. Each group should label their masks.

Lesson 10: Hand Casts
Review the steps for making face masks. Have pre-cut strips and Vaseline ready. A volunteer from each group will have his or her hands covered with plaster gauze. One hand should be done at a time, by laying the hand flat, palm down, on the table. Only the top of the hand will be covered. Fingers can be wrapped individually, or strips can be laid across the fingers.


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