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Maker: Sculpting and Screen Printing

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Sculpting and Screen Printing

Week of 1/12/15

Neither the sculpting nor the "screen printing" were done in conventional ways at the Maker Workshop. Typically clay and ink are the mediums associated with these two activities but we did our best to ward off normalcy of any kind. On Tuesday, we sculpted. Using tin foil and multi-colored panels as a base, we had Minecraft characters come to life, a potential blossoming fashionista, and a mini octopus snuggle up to her mother. Here are some examples below:

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Thursday's workshop revolved around acetone. What is commonly used to remove nail polish, this organic compound is so much more. Scientist's use it to clean their glassware (and we used it to erase permanent marker from a window), it can dissolve styrofoam into a thin slimy plastic, and -- best of all -- can transfer images from paper to cloth! I was particularly excited about the latter instance because I previously read that acetone could only work with images that were photocopied. Apparently the toner worked better than ink from a printer. However, we got to experimenting and discovered that not only would photocopies and printed copies work, but if we drew our own designs on paper and rubbed acetone on the back that worked as well!

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The Mad Scientists S. and J.

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Bye bye styrofoam!

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Toothless made several appearances on our workshop's finished piece.

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The artist formerly known as S.