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Jonni’s Sculptures

The images below show you some of my recent paper mache and paper mache clay sculptures. Please contact me if you have any questions about these sculptures.

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  • Wanted to share #3…Clovis F. Clerdinand SR.
    I enlarged your basset hound diagram to make his basics. I used polymer clay to make the bodacious nose, the face and feet/paws. Baked at 250 for 20 minutes after each element of clay was added; no glue was necessary as the polymer clay adhered to my dry paper clay without problem.
    I am loving the gesso recipe! Works great filling ruff areas.

  • This was my first-ever paper mache…before I bought your books. Used sheet rock mud. Didn’t know how to do the eyes, so he, Bennie (my cat), is wearing glasses.

  • Wanted to share my first small dog paper mache; this is my granddogger and is a present for my daughter’s 38th.

    • You did a great job on the sculpture, Suzan. The dog reminds me of an Australian shepherd that I had years ago. Very nicely done – your daughter is going to love it.

  • You have inspired me! Just wanted to share my first small dog paper mache creation…this is fashioned after my granddogger and is for my daughters’ birthday.

  • Hi Jonni,

    Ive just been reading your blog and all about your paper clay. I want to make some puppet heads and this sounds like the perfect medium – strong and light. Can you give me any tips on a suitable base to work on – I need a basic head shape to build up. i like the look of your ‘Red riding hood’character, It would be great to know how you went abut making that model.

    • Hi Amanda,

      The Red Riding Hood mask was made like the other masks in my mask book, and like the portrait masks shown here and here. But for a puppet, I think I’d go with the technique I used for the dolls. I don’t think I have a tutorial on the site showing that process, but here’s the basic method:

      I filled a child’s sock with rice, and tied off the bottom so it wouldn’t spill out. Then I tied some plastic wrap over the sock to keep it clean, and covered it with one or two layers of plaster cloth. In a few minutes, when the plaster cloth was hard, I untied the string and let the rice pour out, leaving a hollow head. Then I finished the features with the air dry clay recipe. If you need larger features, you would do that by adding modeling clay to the plastic wrap before moving on with the rest of the procedure, but you’d have to make sure you could get the clay out after the plaster cloth is hard.

      Hope this gives you some ideas.

  • Hi there!,
    I would like to know if you remember the year you created the calico Angel Cat sculpture?? And if you still have it in your possession, an estimate of the size of it and your intentions for making it. Kind of like an Artist Statement.
    Thank you, Desiree.

  • Hi I love useing your airclay and I tried your Geeso and I love how it works I’m making a fairy sitting on a much room and I love how it’s looking ty for sharing your Geeso 😉 .cindy. My fairy us 4 feet 10 inches

  • I taught art grades 1-12 any you are amazing. What an easy and comfortable way you teach. Never send an entire 3rd grade from a school with one and two headed 3 – 4 foot” long. The bus driver will be very angry. Yes I did that. Thank you for shattering. I took (bookkeeping boxes with take off lids, added feet to the bottom of the box. Neck and head to the top (which can be taken off when you make your a nominal base. Just like you died the elephant. You should try it. These things make beautiful gifts. My students call the paste whale slime. Teachers should work with more 3D lesson plans.Thank you. Does your company have a phone number.

  • Help! I Have A Project In Aral Pan.
    It Was A Paper Mache Sculptures.
    I Dont Know How To make It Like A Oil Lamp 🙁
    Please Help Me.

    • Hi Kath. You can crumple paper or aluminum foil into the shape of your lamp, and hold it together with masking tape. Then cover the form with paper mache. I can’t remember if oil lamps have handles, but if they do you can use a bit of wire inside the handle to give it some strength, then cover the wire with crumpled aluminum foil, and then do the paper mache. If the lamp has to be hollow, wait until the paper mache is dry and then cut it in half, remove the paper or foil form, and stick it back together with more paper mache. Let it all dry, and paint.

      Have fun with it!

  • Dear Jonni

    Just wanted to say thank you so much. I love reading your articles and watching your videos.

    I have made some paper mache lamp shades using the raw glue recipes, I am loving them!

    Thank you so much. 🙂

    Best,
    Ching

  • I can’t stop making these animals, as soon as I finish one I start another, each one takes about a week for the drying period; Thanks Joni, I love, Love doing these !!!

  • I can’t stop making these animals thanks to you, each one takes about one week depending on the drying time, as soon as I finish one I start another; now I have no more room in my den, I’ll have to move !!!

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