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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  1. Nikki
    Nikki at |

    Jonni,
    I wanted to share with you a picture of my 10yr old sons 4-H Piggy Bank Project that won 1st place in 4-H and at our county fair. We would like to say “Thank You” for sharing your your inspiration and paper mache clay recipe. It is awesome stuff. Your work is AMAZING! This was our first time using paper mache. I would have never guessed it would turn out so well.
    Thank You Again,
    Nikki

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  2. Lindsay Lynch
    Lindsay Lynch at |

    I made a 7 ft. totem pole with a group of martial art students. It’s called the “The Shaolin Totem Pole” It won 1st place at a recycled art show! It’s about the % elements of Kung Fu : leopard, tiger, snake, and crane. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  3. Linda
    Linda at |

    These are the finished pieces, if I can figure out how to send the projects’ progression (multiple photos) I will. The snowman ended up being a bit over 4 feet tall and the dog about 3 1/2 feet tall. I’ve learned so much from your tutorials.

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  4. Linda
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    Here’s my second attempt at posting some of my recent projects using paper mache and your paper mache clay.

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  5. Linda
    Linda at |

    Finally getting around to sharing some of my projects (trying to post pictures) that were inspired by your website and using your various recipes and techniques…thank you!

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  6. Bailey Waldner
    Bailey Waldner at |

    Was a little nervous uploading a picture of the “Demon” I made my mom for Halloween a few years ago but now that I have seen some of the other “baddies” people have made I thought I would share too. I made the body using a duct tape double of a well muscled friend (lol). The head was made from a plastic skull that my mom had in her Halloween collection. The nose and facial definition was made out of dryer lint and glue (I made this guy long before I discovered your website). The horns are rolled up newspaper that had triangle cuts taken out of it to have it bend nice. One of the arms fell off last year due to the paper mache getting wet, it snowed on Halloween, while he was on display outside but I’m sure I can fix him or make a new and stronger body for him. This was my first attempt at paper mache but I think it went pretty well

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    1. Bailey Waldner
      Bailey Waldner at |

      I also need to do some low-lighting to define all the facial features on him but I didn’t have time because I was going back to university from summer break. He was just spray painted in the back ally with one shade of red due to lack of time to finish him for Halloween.

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  7. Linda Bullimore
    Linda Bullimore at |

    Hi
    Please could you tell me what “Joint compound” is and confirm that the corn starch is what we have in the UK as cornflour – I am really inspired by your work and want to give it a go …. in my childhood papier mache was strips of newspaper and flour paste glue!

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  8. carole childers
    carole childers at |

    Here is my latest. The octopus was inspired by the previous fish tank that everyone said needed an octopus. I call it Friends for Lunch?

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  9. Keri Lowe
    Keri Lowe at |

    The little birds are made around scrunched newspaper. The feet are just coloured wire so they grip onto the head without glue. I’m hooked (much to my husbands dismay!)

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  10. Keri Lowe
    Keri Lowe at |

    Hi All. Thought I’d share my first paper mache endeavour. I’ve since discovered Jonni’s paper clay recipe and have just started using it for detail in my latest project… a mounted Giraffe head. The zebra is just paper and glue made around an armature of 4 pint milk cartons (well washed!)

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    1. Rex
      Rex at |

      Awesome! Stay hooked.

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  11. Jan
    Jan at |

    Hi Jonni,
    I have seen your utube video of a dog mask. So cute. I am interested in making some masks of my English Seter breed. Could you tell me what book I might find this information. Thought you mentioned it was in one of your books?
    Thanks,
    Jan

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  12. Jennifer
    Jennifer at |

    HI there,
    my name is Jennifer. I was inspired by your art and decided to give it a try. Im making my very own hippo sculpture roughly the same size as your rhino. He is in the last few stages and it just hit me…. Im not sure I can give him any justice when I paint him. Looking at some of your projects they look so realistic, and I was hoping you could give me some pointers or tips you may have used on your hippo mask.

    Thank you,
    a hesitant painter

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  13. Stunning Paper Mache Art | Blog.Woodcrafter.com

    [...] Jonni Good at Ultimate Paper Mache specializes in masks and animals. Here’s an owl mask of Joni’s. [...]

  14. Rex
    Rex at |

    Here is a photo of a unicorn I just completed for my vet’s daughter, who is 7 (He saved my dog). I had painted it silver and white, but she was wonderful in telling me she wanted it pink (which is what I THOUGHT!) and gold. She thought for a second and said, “And I would like pink flowers in her mane.” Well, it was finished except for the painting, so I made a string of flowers that sits in the mane. (I cut “flowers” out of a cereal box, added wire to string it all together, covered it with tape.) I wasn’t sure how to attach the mane, but when adding the matte finish and laying the flowers on the mane, it was glue enough! When I got home the first time from showing it to her, I notice the horn was bent and one leg was “soft.” I added more clay. Any suggestions how to make the horn thinner and stronger? I had a nice twist design in the horn before. And I think the bottom is too big (a problem I have). (Jonni, this is my third horse, so maybe I only have 2 more to go!) The anatomy was difficult for me. Thanks everyone. (I’m traveling for a couple of weeks, but I hope to get online.)

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  15. Louise
    Louise at |

    Thanks Jonni for being so generous in sharing your art and information. This is my first go at using paper mache clay. I used your latest recipe and found that in New Zealand Gib ProMix All Purpose works fine for the Joint Compound. My son wanted a mike stand so though that would be a good starting project. I love the fact you can roll out the clay and wrap an even layer over. My next project is a Viking and Viking Ship Automata… might as well jump in with both feet!

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  16. Hayley Aldon
    Hayley Aldon at |

    I love your stuff i have watched most of your youtube videos and it has inspired me to make my own masks.

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  17. Mandy
    Mandy at |

    I was searching for Papier Mache Tree’s to display crafted jewelry and found this page.
    Your work is absolutely incredible I have never seen anything like it….Who knew :D

    Great stuff looking forward to seeing more.

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  18. mike jacobson
    mike jacobson at |

    I dont know if it was mentioned here in the past, I couldnt find a post about it, but the idea of adding internal lights to some of my work has interested me. I just cant get past the “heat + paper = fire hazard” thing. Any artists here messed with this at all? LEDs or any other kind of lighting a affixed inside your artwork?

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    1. mike jacobson
      mike jacobson at |

      In addition to my above post, which materials would you use to allow filtered light through? would wax paper work? or perhaps portions made of thin tissue mache?

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    2. Kat
      Kat at |

      Hi Mike,
      Have you considered parchment paper? It’s translucent. It is used for baking cookies etc. and lining baking dishes so it is design for heat.

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      1. mike jacobson
        mike jacobson at |

        thanks Kat. Im not much of a baker so Ive never used it. Ive got some test pieces drying made of TP, Ill get some parchment today and see how it works, the heat resistant quality would definitely be a bonus

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  19. mike jacobson
    mike jacobson at |

    I was wondering, today as it pours rain for the third day in a row, have any of you ever tried making an armature as you normally do, but instead of using clay, using vinyl concrete(not sure if vinyl would be the right kind, buts its very smooth)?
    Ive tried using pretty much every kind of varnish and magic to make my sculptures weather proof, but eventually they always start to delaminate. Would a layer of sculpted concrete do the job? would it even matter if the paper under it rotted away then?

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  20. bob
    bob at |

    Hi Jonni and everyone. I love this site and all the great art. Jonni this site and your clays have got my creative juices flowing. I made these letters for work. they are about 16″ tall. First I made a cardboard letter then spread on the clay. Then sanded and sanded and sanded some more.
    That stuff is hard. I could have worked a ton more on them but I had to end it sometime.
    Great stuff, keep up that great work Jonni!!!
    thanks Bob

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    1. mike jacobson
      mike jacobson at |

      very nice, and I love the finish as well as the colors. They look professionally done.

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      1. bob
        bob at |

        thanks!! probably 30 some hours to make…most of it sanding.

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    2. Trudy
      Trudy at |

      I just posted wooden rabbits for sale. then I saw these letters, I want to attempt them! They are wonderful!

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  21. mike jacobson
    mike jacobson at |

    Anyone on here ever try mixing color with PVA glue for pigment? If so, how well does it work, and how much paint do you need to add (ratio) to get good color?

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  22. mike jacobson
    mike jacobson at |

    Cardboard similar to what Jonni does (assuming youre talking about the dragon?) Ill post a pic of it before I started putting muscle on. It’s only the head, but you’ll get the idea.

    Thanks btw for the positive comment.

    youre welcome to look at my FB page and see some of my projects if Jonni doesnt mind me putting it on here. Ive taken pictures of most of my recent stuff in stages. But I warn you, Im a sloppy artist :P https://www.facebook.com/LifeSizeMache

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  23. lisa crowther
    lisa crowther at |

    This is my giraffe safari decor. my best project yet. Lisa

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  24. lisa crowther
    lisa crowther at |

    This is my giraffe head sculpture I just finished.

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  25. carole childers
    carole childers at |

    I had been worrying about how you would get this big guy out in the world. Let us know how it goes.

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  26. mike jacobson
    mike jacobson at |

    Good morning. Id thought Id put these two on, my male and female Giraffes that I finished some time ago after they sat unpainted for over two years. (I have a severe phobia of painting my projects)

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    1. Michelle
      Michelle at |

      Gorgeous!!!! I am new to this and wondering what you used to make the model….before covering in the paper mache?

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      1. mike jacobson
        mike jacobson at |

        Sorry for taking so long to answer you Michelle, didnt see it till this morning for some reason.
        On my large pieces I just use good ol PVC, a heat gun and some plumbers tape (to attach it to its base). I hot glue on a simple cardboard silhouette and stuff a bunch of newspaper to the silhouette (dont use cheap masking tape, youll regret it) Ill post a pic so youll have an idea.

        Mike

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    2. BwanaFoster
      BwanaFoster at |

      Mike,
      These are great work-and I love the painting-you have a great individual style-so you should lose the phobia! Well done!

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      1. mike jacobson
        mike jacobson at |

        Thank you, Im getting better as I experiment, but have a long way to go. Im holding out for an air brush for Fathers day :D

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  27. mike jacobson
    mike jacobson at |

    Hi Jonni-
    I emailed you some time ago about armature ideas for a large project I wanted to do. I thought I’d post a picture of it now that its almost done. The PVC worked well, although I definitely need to rethink how its attached to the pedestal next time, it moves more than Id like. It stands just over 7 feet. Im not sure of its weight, but its not too bad.

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    1. JamieStarr
      JamieStarr at |

      Wow, this is an AMAZING warrior! He stands 7 feet tall? It is a wonderful and exciting piece that just stands out in any room. Bravo, for taking on such a large scale piece and challenging yourself with such a marvelous creation. I never challenge myself like this because I’m too limited on space. I really like your design for this piece and the various textures, color tones and effects on the warrior. Thank you for sharing this with everyone here because it shows your talents, gifts and helps everyone with the encouragement to create. Keep making more, looking forward to seeing more of your AWESOME work!!! Again, BRAVO

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      1. mike jacobson
        mike jacobson at |

        Thanks JamieStarr, you’re too kind. I only felt compeled to put something on because of all the fantastic ideas and pieces I’ve been seeing on this site. It’s kind of turned into my bible for Paper mache.

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        1. JamieStarr
          JamieStarr at |

          I get very excited to see everyone share and become inspired! I was kinda lazy and skeptical about taking on paper mache because I hated using strips and glue. Thanks to Jonni I have a new way of creating things and the sky is the limit! I need to buy her book. This is a wonderful forum to share and learn new things and far better than some of the stuff I could have learned in college. Please keep on sharing and dreaming up new ideas..

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          1. Rex
            Rex at |

            Mike, Your god is amazing. I can’t think of doing anything bigger than 18″! It is inspiring to see what you’ve done. Some day I want to do an angel, but I’ll have to work on the human form. You’ve shown it can be done, with attitude.

            Jamie, after I bought Jonni’s book, I spent a year doing the “lessons” in it. I was very slow, but it will inspire you and teach you.

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  28. Tanya
    Tanya at |

    Hi Jonni, Your paper mache is truly inspiring! I would like to make a paper mache lion mask for my son’s school play, but I don’t have a face form to build from. We also don’t have anywhere even remotely close to buy one. Can you suggest an alternative, or how to make one? I thought about using a plastic ‘lone rider’ type mask on a balloon, but I am not sure if sculpy would attach to it, and I wouldn’t be able to use tinfoil to create shape because I think it would pop the balloon. Any suggestions would be very helpful! Thanks in advance!!

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    1. JamieStarr
      JamieStarr at |

      Well, HELLO!
      I start with a good reference point image. I find a frontal, side view and top/bottom. I sketch them out and then start planning out the bulk concept. If it’s for a sculpture I tend to use foil paper, masking tape and wire to create a skeleton frame. I used foil paper to create the bulk for King Kong and then wrapped that on his wire frame. The masking tape just attached the foil paper and secured it. Foil creates bulk that you can manipulate and form with your hands. It also makes things light weight. If you are making a mask I would suggest Jonni’s tutorials. The balloon idea sounds great. You can also use the foil paper idea and the add some Crayola Magic stuff to create the details. I used Crayola Magic to create the lips and face details on Kong’s face. The teeth were made from Aves Apoxy sculpt putty because you need a harder element so the teeth won’t break…

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      1. mike jacobson
        mike jacobson at |

        That is awesome. what type of armature did you use, and do you have any idea what it weighs finished? I always have a hard time with colors for places like the “gums” inside the mouth, and it looks like you nailed it. They even look wet. Kudos!

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        1. JamieStarr
          JamieStarr at |

          Geez,
          thanks for writing. I like to use Aves Apoxy sculpt for teeth since it is something that will self harden and you can insert into the clay. The tongue can be made of paper pulp clay or Jonni’s new soft clay. I tend to paint the mouth on my monsters in the following manner:
          I start by painting the inside of the mouth in the darkest color I need…dark purplish red with brown and black mixed in. I get the ENTIRE mouth painted along with the teeth and tongue in this color. I let that dry and then I dry brush my slightly lighter shades in on top of one another. The tongue and gums are only lighter shades from one another. I tend to paint the teeth in an off white color because monsters have no toothpaste. I like to show a variety of tartar, yellowing and decay in my monster teeth. I will use this on my latest monster that I am making at the moment. The following image is a Cyclopes lamp I made out of a boring lamp I had.

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        2. JamieStarr
          JamieStarr at |

          The teeth are made out of paper and covered in Crayola Model magic for kids. They are all 3D teeth, individually sculpted and attached. I painted them in yucky colors and layered the shades on top of each other. The tongue is also crafted individually with taste bumps buds and more fleshy colors. I like to finish all my monster mouths with a glossy wet coat of Galkyd Slow Dry oil. This available online and it is used on oil paintings to seal the paint and give it that crazy wet gloss. I like to thin it down with mineral spirits because it is VERY slow drying. Galkyd generally goes on like thick maple syrup so, you have to thin it down. This will give you that wet and nasty saliva look which you can also use on open wound effects nd the glossy monster eyes.

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  29. JamieStarr
    JamieStarr at |

    Greetings!!! I hope youre doing well and are planning on new wonderous creations in the coming months. As requested, here is my King Kong paper mache sculpture I am Mr.Frogbutt on Youtube. Tell me what you think, the only thing that is not papermache is the creature in his hand which is made of wire and Aves Apoxey Sculpt. The female in his hand is also a figure that I found of a fairy. Thanks for your recipe because it has come in handy

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  30. Laura Rees
    Laura Rees at |

    Jonni,
    I think you are so wonderfully talented. I saw the elephant on Pinterest and find your lesson so valuable. Thank you for sharing your artwork and advice.

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  31. carole childers
    carole childers at |

    I teach an art class to severe and profoundly disabled adults and we have made some GREAT fish sculptures using paper mache. I will try to include a photo…

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  32. Donna Sisung
    Donna Sisung at |

    I am a new when it comes to paper mache and am working on a project which will ultimately be used as a door hanging. I’m wondering if I should paper mache the hanger or hook to the back of the piece, or adhere it after the project is done. Any advice?

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  33. Trudy Connor
    Trudy Connor at |

    I sell print books and with the advent of the kindle I have many of them not selling. I would love to use book pages in paper mache is this possible?

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  34. Teresa
    Teresa at |

    Hi Jonni,

    I need some info into how to make a tea cup and saucer to be used on a hat brim. I am a Red Hatter and I will be attending the Red Hat Society Convention in Atlanta, GA in April. I want to construct a unique hat to be worn to the Low Tea which will be casual and also the High Tea that will be more formal. Can you give me some instruction as to how to begin? Thank you so much for sharing your wonder art. Smiles :) Teresa

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  35. Birdie McClaine
    Birdie McClaine at |

    After some research I have decided that Jonni is the person I need for my next project.
    If you go to BoogieDawg.com you will see it leads you to my show website.
    BoogieDawg is not there yet and that’s why I need Jonni!
    BoogieDawg will be literally be riding around a real upright piano while playing.
    (piano on bicycle wheels)
    I’m thinking of using BoogieDawg for dog charity events so I need a mask of a dog
    that’s realistic.
    The black n white dog you did n your video is excellent!
    Birdie

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  36. Charlie Williams
    Charlie Williams at |

    Hello Jonni

    Can you please tell me why my gesso is cracked? I made (for the first time) with french chalk and rabbit skin glue. I think that possibly I made it to thick and not runny enough. By the way, Jonni I have ordered one of your books for Christmas (animals from clay)

    I am new to this.

    Thank you

    Regards

    Charlie

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  37. Barbara J Wittmann
    Barbara J Wittmann at |

    Hello,
    I have been doing a Christmas tree for a benefit that helps the disable. I need paper mache people (pilgrims), an eagle with its wings spread out. I am a designer myself of life like animals, I have sent you the Truck Mutt. I really do need your help to complete my project.
    [img]http://ultimatepapermache.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/226472_224641244218015_648138_n.jpg[/img]

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  38. Catherine
    Catherine at |

    [img]http://ultimatepapermache.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/sculptures048.JPG[/img]
    Hi everyone….This is charlie my first paper sculpture…

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    1. Betty
      Betty at |

      Your FIRST one??? WOW! Amazing girl!!! That is wonderful!!!… Are you sure there isn’t a real person in there??? lol

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  39. Ellen
    Ellen at |

    Hi Jonni,

    My roommate and I have been planning on making some sculptures, and we’ve been using your website and videos for help, so thanks so much for that! I love all the cool sculptures you’ve made!

    I have some questions though… For your Pothead, you used a wet clay form to layer the paper mache over and then you cut the paper mache off. I was thinking of using this same technique, but since I am not planning on shipping it anywhere, can I just leave the clay underneath? I don’t need to cut the paper mache off unless I want it hollow right? And if I leave it on the clay, would I need to put a wax layer in between the two?

    Also are the finished products waterproof? I really wanted to make a garden sculpture of a dragon and I wasn’t sure….Get back to me when you have the chance! Thanks, Ellen

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