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Sunday, January 17, 2016

BRAIN CORAL art project

Coral comes in so many interesting shapes and variations. Brain coral is one of them. It grows into a round ball shape with a maze-like pattern.

In the illustration above we are using a balloon, paper mache and jute twine to create the dome  shape of a brain coral.

What you need:
Look up an image of a brain coral  (see a photo at Arkive, here)


  •  A small to medium sized balloon suitable to cover with paper mache
  • Newspaper or tissue paper torn into pieces
  • Paper mache glue Paints & brushes & a glass of water to rinse
  • Straight sewing pins
  • Piece of flat cardboard
  • A ball of twine
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • A designated wet work area


What to do:

  • Make up a batch of paper mache glue  -- 1 cup flour       and 1 cup water, and a few tablespoons of salt mixed     until smooth
  • Blow up your balloon to the size required and tie off the end
  • Cut a slit in the flat cardboard and slide the balloon  to the middle of the cardboard so that the paper mache doesn't make a mess on the table and it will help to hold the balloon steady
  • Cover your balloon  with 2-3 layers of newspaper or tissue paper that have soaked briefly in the paper mache glue
  • Allow to dry completely
  • Repeat the previous 2 steps, adding another 2-3 layers
  • Using your twine make a base for the brain bommie to sit on by wrapping it round and round the bottom of the shape (see illustration)
  • Observing the pattern of the brain coral you looked up earlier, you can begin to tack     the twine to the dome shape. This may prove a little difficult so you may choose to use sewing pins to pin your twine to the dried paper mache  [some students may need assistance]
  • When you are satisfied your squiggles are where you want them you can either paint   liberally with craft glue or tack down with a glue gun (heavier twine will require stronger glue) 
  • Allow to dry and remove from the cardboard station

Although brain coral are usually muted colours you may choose to paint your brain coral
Arrange your brain coral bommie into a Coral Reef project here


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