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Marlene Hill Donnelly <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 2 Oct 2006 09:59:42 -0500
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Hi Kathy,
You can use either  armature wire from art stores, or Bonsai wire
(also aluminum).  I use primarily Bonsai wire because it is available
in large rolls in many more gauges.   I get it at the Bonsai festival
at the Chicago Botanic Garden, but you can of course find it online.
If I could only  have one gauge for model making I'd probably go with
2 mm, and use aluminum foil tape (from the hardware) for fastening
Have fun,

>Oh, yes!! And you can get that in pretty large rolls - Marlene, can
>you recommend a good size / type to use??
>Kathy G
>"We are one brief generation in the long march of time; the future is
>not ours to erase."  - David Suzuki, scientist/author/environmentalist
>On Sep 29, 2006, at 2:52 PM, Marlene Hill Donnelly wrote:
>>Hi Mary,
>>I taught a program here a while back where the kids made little dino
>>reconstructions using aluminum armature wire for a very simplified
>>skeleton and fleshed it out with a self-hardening kid's sculpture
>>material that could be painted later.  I made the skeletons for the
>>younger kids, older ones made their own and came up with some
>>remarkable pieces.  It was a bit wild but fun and generally
>>>Dear Sciart,
>>>My department is planning a Fossil Fest for February 10, 2007.  I'm
>>>going to be organizing an illustration section and wonder if any of
>>>you have any experience planning hands-on art activities for the
>>>general public?  I got a few good ideas when I was chatting with
>>>people in Wisconsin at our annual meeting, but am curious what ideas
>>>might be out there?
>>>Thank you!
>>>Mary Parrish
>>>Department of Paleobiology
>>>National Museum of Natural History
>>>Smithsonian Institution
>>Marlene Hill Donnelly
>>Scientific Illustrator, Department of Geology
>>Field Museum
>>phone (312) 665-7638
>>office hours Mon., Thurs. and Fri.

Marlene Hill Donnelly
Scientific Illustrator, Department of Geology
Field Museum
phone (312) 665-7638
office hours Mon., Thurs. and Fri.