This project is quite a long one, it has many different stages but is really worth while. Firstly I made a large amount of paper pulp (mixing torn up bits of paper with water and blending it to a fine mush). I did demonstrate to the children how to do this but since you need a food blender this was strictly adults work.
The work stations were set up with the paper-making equipment (vat of water, deckle, couching cloths & bowl for the armature).
The children made a sheet of paper which they moulded over the bowl. Once dried the children could decide whether to trim the edges down. The bowls were painted bright colours and influenced by Mexican bowl designs (well most of them!) A varnish of PVA glue was added for protection and 2 holes drilled either side at the top of the bowl with a Dremmel.
At this stage the children set aside the bowls to concentrate on making polymer clay beads. They learnt about making ‘canes’ with 3 different clay colours which were sliced thinly to cover a small ball of clay (we used Fimo). Holes were poked through the beads with a toothpick, onced baked, they were threaded onto the bowls and fixed in place with crimps (jewellery findings). Any left over beads were made into bracelets using stretchy jewellery elastic.