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  1. Susan K Whiteeagle
    Susan K Whiteeagle at |

    Here r the pics. The spot on elephant EaR is bird poo. I will try and get pic of steps of statue of liberty all together

  2. Susan K Whiteeagle
    Susan K Whiteeagle at |

    I made the elephant from ur pattern. And to whether proof it I dipped material in cement and wrapped the paper mache then I paint that white elastic stuff u put on camper and trailer roofs then painted it and it has been out at the pond for bout a year and so far he shows no signs of weathering. I also did a statue of liberty that is about 10 feet tall and it also shows no signs of weathering. I luv ur site. I never dreamed in a million years I could ever do this. I am not great but so happy ur site hasopened up this in me. Thank u so much for all u have taught me

  3. suzanne
    suzanne at |

    my mother in law would love this!!!

  4. Sascha
    Sascha at |


    My daughter’s class (5th grade) is doing the play Siddhartha and we are starting to build the elephant tomorrow. I have been reading through the comments trying to make sure we have everything ready to go before we begin (glad I did because I noticed you said you would make the legs farther apart). No one will be riding or sitting on him so we aren’t too concerned with that. Just wondering if you have any last minute sage advice before we begin. I am about to look at your recipe for the paper mache clay, though I think the kids would enjoy putting the strips, which do you think is faster/better?

    Thank you so much. You are a brilliant artist and if ours turns out anything like yours I will be so happy!!

  5. Lori
    Lori at |

    Oh my goodness! I’m in love with this elephant. Searching now to see what he looks like finished!

  6. Sherree
    Sherree at |

    My daugther’s middle school theater teacher has asked me if I could make the school a life size elephant for an upcoming Aladdin play. After seeing your video….I said yes!! My husband and I have just completed the frame, making the elephant almost twice the size of yours (5 1/2 feet tall). The student who is playing Aladdin is approx. 85 lbs. and will riding on the elephants back through the auditorium to the stage area. So…my question to you is, since producing your video in 2009 do you have any suggestions as to how we can make this elephant stronger?? I’d hate for the student to sit up there and have the elephant’s sides cave in??? Would you recommend using the paper mache’ paste and if so, how many layers of the regular paper mache would you recommend?? Thank you so much!!! You are so creative and I have so enjoyed cruising through you website!

  7. Niamh
    Niamh at |

    thats looks amazing! I have to make a dress out of recycled materials representing deep sea for a school assessment. I have designed my dress and it looks great, but I’m not sure how to make 3D waves come out of the side. Any ideas?
    Thank you.

  8. Kimberlie Gamino
    Kimberlie Gamino at |

    May I purchase the elephant? We run summer camps for children with heart disease and our theme this year is: Camp Taylor on Safari~ A journey of the heart and soul. Thanks so much!!! Awesome & Amazing work :)

  9. Devan Safford
    Devan Safford at |


    We are building a parade float (Noah’s Ark) and though paper mache would be a good form for portraying the animals. We are concerned about the possibility of rain and wondered if rain would ruin the sculptures and if there are any solutions for protecting them against the rain.

  10. Vanessa
    Vanessa at |

    This is fantastic…i’m so inspired by your blog, you have so much talent, I can’t wait to see how this turns out.

  11. Robin
    Robin at |

    I love the elephant but I need to make a smaller version – any recommendations?

  12. Penny Anderson
    Penny Anderson at |

    I want to build an alligator out of paper mache. I have been searching the web looking for ideas for making the frame. I guess I just need to jump in and get started. I am thinking large 16 oz plastic bups for the legs, they need to graduate up. Perhaps chicken wire for the body but it is so mean to work with, scratches you and such, any other suggestions?

  13. Calamity Anne
    Calamity Anne at |

    I’m in awe of your creativity!!!

  14. Xan
    Xan at |

    Oh, that’s coming along so nicely! It looks like you have managed to turn the head and give some wave to the trunk and tail. Cool! I can see the thick skin wrinkles building up in various areas. I can’t wait to see its next stages!


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