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  1. Lucy
    Lucy at |

    Hi love this chick your work is so amazing could you make a duckling you don’t have to but it is your choice

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  2. Sue
    Sue at |

    I’m fairy new at paper mache art, as I’ve always worked with polymer clay and Creative Paperclay (which I adore!), so I have a couple questions:

    What is the purpose of the linseed oil, glycerin, and Karo syrup?
    Are they for smoothing the clay? Better workability? Making it last longer? A mold preventively? A bonding agent? Other reasons?

    Any info would be most helpful. Thanks!

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  3. MARIA DO CARMO DE CARVALHO GORI
    MARIA DO CARMO DE CARVALHO GORI at |

    SALVE ! GRAZIE INFINITA PER LA CONDIVISIONE !!!!!
    LEI é UNA ARTISTA BRAVISSIMA !!!
    COMPLIMENTI.
    UN ABRACCIO,
    MC.GORI

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  4. Xan
    Xan at |

    I’m loving watching this evolve! Anyone try the Karo syrup yet?

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  5. Linda McMullan
    Linda McMullan at |

    Thanks so much for that post – you’ve really got me fired up to return to my earlier days of recycled papier mache on wire armatures! I’m sending a photo of the pig I’m finishing off – this guy made me remember how much I love working with this medium.

    Paper Mache Pig

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  6. Ginny
    Ginny at |

    Yay! This chick is adorable, to say the least! I have been using the glycerin and love it. If you go to my flickr site http://www.flickr.com/photos/28486396@N07/
    you can see my very first piece with your recipe, still using the linseed. Since then, I have been working on other pieces. More to be posted! Thanks a bazillion!

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  7. Helen
    Helen at |

    This chick is wonderful! The photo of the fake and real chick is priceless.

    Florist tape is shiny but you could paint over it with a flat paint to reduce the shine. It does come in brown as well as white and green.

    Great job!

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    1. Xan
      Xan at |

      Just did a quick search and found binders’ cloth tape in lots of colors. Might be worth the extra for small details like this, and maybe you could even skip pm’ing and painting it, if you liked the effect alone.

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  8. Ann Thompson
    Ann Thompson at |

    Awww, Jonni!
    She’s just adorable! The chicks might not be fooled, but I think she is very realistic. (what do chicks know? heee) What type of chicks did you get? I see at least two varieties in your pic. Have fun with them, I always love the wee little sounds that chicks and chickens make! Makes me wish they would allow them here where I live within the “city” limits. Sounds like a very good experiment to try. Good luck playing mad scientist with the formulas.

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  9. Xan
    Xan at |

    Very cute! That didn’t take long, from inspiration to completion!

    What about using florists’ tape? I think it’s stretchy, and narrow, and fairly close-grained, unlike bandage tape (unless you’re thinking of a different bandage tape than I am), right?

    So, the glycerin performed the job that the linseed oil would as well, differently, or better, would you say?

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  10. Michelle
    Michelle at |

    Your baby chick is precious. I have yet to attempt my first paper maché clay project, but this little guy might have given me a kick start :). Thanks for sharing.
    Stay inspired!
    Michelle

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  11. neli
    neli at |

    ohhhhh!!!!!!!!
    Its so sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I really admire your work!

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