File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 487

Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2008 09:33:32 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] clay from paper mache

It's a supposition that vaseline isn't good as a release agent for papier mache and plasticine. I have been using petroleum jelly/vaseline for 9 years and my papier mache heads are in perfect shape. I even painted papier mache slightly impregnated with vaseline and did not have any problems. I used vaseline to plasticine and to plaster negatives, too. The vaseline will impregnate only the first layer of the papier mache here and there, that you can hardly see it.
Vaseline should be spread in a very thin layer, then=A0whipped off with paper towell. All my plasticine heads came out of the negative mold or out of the papier mache pieces very easily and without being damaged.=A0At all times=A0I pulled them out with a table fork in one piece; the edges had to be re-done to get rid of the deep fork indentations, but that was not a big deal for me and won't be for anyone else. 

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