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Both these dishes were commissioned for an exhibit at Winterthur Museum & Country Estate in Delaware and designed to fit these specific Wilton Armetale plates purchased by Winterthur. At left is a faux roast leg of lamb created on a tightly-packed newspaper core covered with thick layers of sculpted Activa's Celluclay Instant Papier Maché. At right is faux stewed duck. Real poultry pieces and bones were molded in Castin' Craft Mold Builder latex, cast in plaster, then sealed and colored with non-toxic acrylic paints.
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At right is a roasted fish and potatoes dish created for the Camden County Historical Society's historic Pomona Hall mansion. A fresh fish of appropriate size was purchased and molded in twelve layers of Castin' Craft Mold Builder latex rubber over a four-day period, then cast in plaster. The potatoes were sculpted from styrofoam and covered with Crayola's Model Magic. At right is a smoked fish platter. Multiple real smoked fish were purchased, molded in latex and final cast in plaster. Ceramcoat Gleams acrylic paints were used to replicate the iridescent colors of a cooked fish. The string beans are sculpted from Crayola Model Magic.
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Eighteenth-century savory meat pies consisted of stew ingredients baked in an often-decorated dough "coffin." The coffin of this faux version (left) was made from styrofoam rounds covered in sculpted Crayola Model Magic. The liquid-looking rich gravy effect of the stew was achieved with Plaid Enterprise's Gallery Glass translucent paint. Oysters are relevant to many historic sites (right) and these faux versions were made from sanitized and sealed real oyster shells. The succulent oysters themselves were sculpted from Crayola Model Magic.
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The Camden County Historical Society's historic Pomona Hall was home to a wealthy 18th-century family as well as a northern plantation site worked by African American slaves. At left, an elaborate holiday dining room display includes a roasted pig's head constructed from a tightly compacted newspaper core covered in Amaco Wireform contouring mesh, then sculpted with Activa's Celluclay Instant Papier Maché. At right, typical remnant foods that might have been taken by slaves attempting escape. The smokehouse bacon has a carved styrofoam core covered in Crayola Model Magic.
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These strings of Victorian-era sausages (left) were created for Winterthur Museum & Country Estate's annual "Yuletide at Winterthur" exhibit. The faux sausage have a core of rubber foam stiffened with hanger wire and wrapped and hardened with layers of Activa's Rigid Wrap plaster cloth. At right, British colonists brought "Cornish pasties" -- or individual meat pies designed to be easily carried -- to North America with them. This faux pie has a carved styrofoam core covered with Crayola's Model Magic.

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