the mummy case:
Supplies: Paints- A spray primer, plus spray paint(s)
that will form the base for the rest of your decorations. Younger
workers should use poster paints when doing the details for
it is easier to clean up. Older workers may want to use acrylics
or oil for finer results. Optional Supplies: a clear, inexpensive
Halloween mask, Model Magic modeling compound
and hot glue gun.
is finally time to get really creative with this project and
let your artistic talents flow. Before starting this phase you
may want to go to the library and get some book on mummies and
mummy cases, or check our page on mummy
case markings to see how you might like to decorate your
case. Over the years the Egyptians decorated their mummy cases
in many different ways, so you have a wide selection of possibilities
to choose from. The mummy case in our example was inspired by
the King Tut's case, but incorporates design features from other
cases as well.
Optional Three-Dimensional Features.
Many mummy cases were carved with three dimensional
features on the lid. This often included the person's face and
his crossed arms. In the case of King Tut it also included a
rod and crook, which he held in his hands, and a snake and vulture
head piece which he wore on his head. You may want to add some
three-dimensional features before you start painting. In our
example, we hot-glued an inexpensive clear plastic Halloween
mask that cost about a dollar to the lid as a face.
You might want to try adding features such as
the crossed hands, or the snake and vulture head piece by molding
them with a clay-like compound. We would recommend something
like Model Magic made by Crayola. This material can be
worked like clay, but when it air dries it is tough, but very
light. The fact that it is light means it will be less likely
to become unglued after you attach it to the lid. Mold your
shapes on a flat surface, and wait for it to dry completely.
Then use the hot glue gun to attach it to the case.
STEP 1: You need to use a can of spray primer
to cover your case inside and out. This usually comes in white
or gray. We selected gray for our example case, but you may
find it hard to cover the gray if you decide to apply another
coat of paint on top that is a light color. You might want to
try using two cans of primer: gray for the interior of the coffin
and white for the exterior. Do not skip the primer. If you do
you will have a difficult time with later coats of paint. Make
sure you spray the case in a ventilated place and follow all
safety instructions on the can.
STEP 2: After you have your coffin primed you
will want to spray on a base coat of paint. This is the primary
color of your mummy case exterior. In our example we used gold
STEP 3: At this point you will want to paint the
details onto your case using paint brushes and paints. For younger
kids poster paints are satisfactory and are easy to clean up.
However they quickly run when they get wet. In addition they
do not seem to work as well as acrylic or oil paints.
When you are satisfied with your mummy case the
project is complete. Drop us a line and tell us if you found
these pages to be helpful.
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