Hello, I need to construct a model of the brain and need some great ideas.. can anyone suggest creative materials? thanks

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The two best materials I can think to use would be either colored sculpting clay or a styrofoam ball.  The advantage of the sculpting clay is that you can use different colors of clay to highlight and differentiate different portions of the brain.  For example, you can use four different...

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The two best materials I can think to use would be either colored sculpting clay or a styrofoam ball.  The advantage of the sculpting clay is that you can use different colors of clay to highlight and differentiate different portions of the brain.  For example, you can use four different colors to show the four major lobes of the cerebral cortex (frontal, parietal, occipital, and temporal).  Different textures and features can be shaped into the soft clay.

The advantage of the styrofoam ball is that you can easily cut it in half to show an inner cross section of the brain, therefore showing and highlighting more areas of the brain like the thalamus and hypothalamus.  You can carve these different features right into the styrofoam using a sharp blade like an exacto knife.  You can also color the different sections of the brain using paint for added visual appeal.

Other materials you could use include paper mache, but this is rather messy and I'm not sure how creative it really is.  Now if you really wanted to get creative and interesting, you could use some kind of cooked pasta for the outer surface of your model to get the right look and texture for the brain tissue.  Perhaps some kind of spray glue or adhesive to keep the pasta shaped and in place.  The obvious drawback here is that using food does bring up potential spoilage issues over time!

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