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Hi Shanon.
can you please tell me what "caving in on itself" mean here?

Initially I made that piece as a hanging suit of armor that would quiver in an air current. But it was caving in on itself, and I ended up injecting it with urethane foam, which turned it into a totally different piece.

Many thanks.

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I apologize...for some reason I didn't receive notification of your question.

Caving in on itself means that something doesn't have a lot of internal structure, so it collapses and falls or shrinks onto it's own structure.  Imagine pasting wet newspaper around a balloon.  You pop the balloon, but the newspaper has not hardened yet.  The result is that the newspaper caves in when you pop the balloon.

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Shannon Cole

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I can answer questions related to learning the English and Spanish language.

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I have taught ESL and Spanish since 1998 at the university and middle school levels. I am a native of the U.S., and have taught in both the U.S. and Mexico.

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Georgia TESOL in Action (1999)

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