Mt. Etna Paper Mache Volcano!

Damian and I had some time over a couple days and finally got to do something we’ve had on the agenda for a while now.  We made a paper mache volcano!

The geological construction!

Unfortunatly my starting pictures have disapeared.  We took a 591 mL bottle and taped it to a base.  Our base was one of those large plastic bin lids.  I chose this because it had a lip and would catch any excess “lava” that may spill over.  Then we took masking tape and started at the lip of the bottle and taped down to the edges of the base to create a pyramid.

After that step we mixed up some paper mache paste from flour, water, and we added in some white glue for extra sticky power. You can apparently buy paper mache paste but I don’t see why you would.  It’s pretty easy to make.  Then we proceeded to put strips of newspaper over the masking tape to create our structure.  Start with a couple lateral strips to create more of a stable structure with the masking tape.  After you have that first layer down then add strips going from top to bottom (or bottom to top).  Eventually we got this:IMG_20151205_094437

It took about a day and a half to dry.  Then the painting began!  I took one half and Damian took the other half.  Note the blue water fall coming off Damian’s side.  We did this right after Mt. Etna erupted so we added in the sign.

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Loading the ‘cano!

I created a funnel using paper and tape.  You cut a circle, then a line straight from the outside to the middle and a little circle in the middle.  Then form a cone, tape it and pow, makeshift funnel (also useful if you forget a funnel and need to put oil in your car)  I put about 1/4 cup of baking soda into the bottle, then about 1/4 bottle of food colouring, I also added a bunch of dish soap (dawn) for extra bubble effect.  Once this was set up I poured in white vinegar and stood back with my camera.

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The Eruption!

Here is some photos of the eruption along with the video.  Damian and I really had fun doing this.  We used it as a learning experience about the different types of volcanoes, eruptions, etc.

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The best part is that the paint never came off and we can use it again!

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