Daily Sculptors Group Page

This is the new official page for the unofficial “Daily Sculptors Group.” Join the challenge to sculpt something every single day — and stay focused on improving your craft among friends.

The challenge is to do the work every single day. It isn’t about creating something that is perfectly finished or gallery-ready. If you show us your daily work it may encourage others to submit theirs, and together we might be able to vanquish Resistance and Procrastination, at least for one more day.

If you want to join us, use the comment section of this page as a journal. Share some of the challenges and insights that you gain from your work, and show off what you made today. Upload photos of your work, so we can see what you’ve been up to. If your images are too big, you can resize them quickly using this free online picture resizer.

Enjoy!

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  1. Tina
    Tina at |

    Hi Jonni,
    Just finished my Salute to Winter. Hope nobody is offended. I tried using your idea for making it weathered but it didn’t turn out like yours. I used copper leaf, sprayed it with vinegar, coated it with salt & left it for a couple hours. It does look weathered but not as green looking as yours. What did I do or not do right?

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  2. Rex Winn
    Rex Winn at |

    Jonni, If I am stepping on any copyright laws, you can delete this; however, I was watching a bit of Antiques Roadshow tonight and saw this paper mache sculpture. Anyone old enough will recognize it at Groucho immediately. When I heard it was made from paper mache, I grabbed my camera in time to get a shot before it left the television! I think you can see the price on the photo, but it is between $8,000 and $12,000! There are some great artists on this site.

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  3. Jackie Smith
    Jackie Smith at |

    Hi Jonni! Finally got some time to start another paper mache project. I really enjoy trying new things and new projects. This is my 4th item to make with paper mache and learn more with each one. Thanks to you for this website and all of your instructions, information and tips.
    I am having more fun with this one. My Facebook Friends are helping me to give “her” a name. After I finish one of these projects, I can’t wait to start another one!! My next one….I want to be a life size Greek or Roman Goddess. Not quite decided.

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    1. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      Oh, man, she is so cute. Great job.

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      1. Jackie Smith
        Jackie Smith at |

        Thank you Rex.

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    2. Nathalie
      Nathalie at |

      Wauw ! Wonderful ! How did you do the details in the toes and knees?

      Keep up the wonderful work !

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      1. Jackie Smith
        Jackie Smith at |

        Thanks Jessica and Nathalie!
        Nathalie I used Jonni’s air dry clay for the toes. Just made a ball, flattened it and around each nail, the same clay..roll like a worm and put it around each nail. The knees…I just put more wadded paper for the knees to build them up a little bit. Some of the details, I couldn’t get to look like I wanted them to with the clay, so I used paint for some of the details. Ya know Elephants have a LOT of wrinkles and folds and I guess I just didn’t want to take the time necessary to put in all of those with the clay. So, I used the paint instead.
        Jessica, The eyes, I also used the Jonni’s air dry clay to make the eyeballs, the lids and folds around the eyes. Also the same clay to build up the cheek bones and tongue and some on the top and underneath the ears. That air dry clay really helped to give the ears stability and strength.

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    3. Jessica Gray
      Jessica Gray at |

      Beautiful elephant! I particularly love the eyes!

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    4. Tammy
      Tammy at |

      Jackie your obviously a natural. I love her and you also did a great paint job…can’t wait to see the goddess. Yep you are now officially a paper mache addict glad to have you in the group :)

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      1. Jackie Smith
        Jackie Smith at |

        Thank you Tammy!
        Oh … I have picked out a name for her. The most votes from my Facebook friends was Ellie which I liked too. So she is now “Ellie”.

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  4. Mike
    Mike at |

    I HAVE A QUESTION. A while back I saw a paper mache figure that had clothing made from real leaves. I didn’t get a chance to bookmark the site so I don’t know how they treated the leaves to make them work for the project. They still had their color, not browned or yellowed with age or drying. Has any one seen or heard anything about this?

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  5. Tititoes
    Tititoes at |

    I just finished Humpty Dumpty bank yesterday. The money goes in at his crown and can be removed underneath the wall. His eyes are clear plastic cabachons painted on backside. I have some beading to do for a few anxious recipients so I’ll be taking a break from the paper mache clay, but not for long. I Thank you all and appreciate everyone who has shared their work for giving me the courage to share with you all.

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    1. Christine Majul
      Christine Majul at |

      Tititoes, that is a wonderfully made bank. Whoever gets to use it to save will get a work of art, plus a lot of space in which to save.

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    2. Nathalie
      Nathalie at |

      Tititoes you did a great job with all these wonderful sculptures !! How long did you need to get all this work done? Very very nice works ! It’s fantastic that sculptures are showed and shared on this forum ! It’s really a bomb of inspiration and admiration !

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  6. Tititoes
    Tititoes at |

    The fifth item is the donkey bank. I’m in love with donkey. He’s always smiling and he never talks back! The armature is salt container, cardboard, wire, newspaper and lots of masking tape. Jonni my boyfriend says I’m obsessed with paper mache clay. I think he’s jealous of Donkey. What do you think?

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    1. Christine Majul
      Christine Majul at |

      Dear Tititoes, I think boyfriend should be glad you have a lot of talent. Do not give up your paper mache, but do make time for him. Your use of materials that are used in ordinary ways make your sculptures very special. I love all your sculptures.

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  7. Tititoes
    Tititoes at |

    the fourth item i made is the bunny bank. I used a Big Gulp cup turned upside down for the main body and added cardboard, traditional paper mache strips/paste around a large ballon, let dry and cut into sections to form the rabbits back side, tummy and chest, legs and feet are newspaper and duck tape, head is traditional paper mache around small ballon, ears are cardboard secured with wooden pegs. All covered in paper mache clay. I gave this one to my grand daughter for her birthday.

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  8. Tititoes
    Tititoes at |

    The third item is the elephant bank. Forgot to mention I used film containers or small paint tubs (from art supply) for the bottom of all banks. I used the upper portion only; flanged upper edge, hot glued to under body, covered in clay.

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  9. Tititoes
    Tititoes at |

    The second item I made was the wall shelf. I used an old shoe box lid and covered that with plaster cloth for strength. Applied traditional paper mache strips/paste. I then applied watered down gesso to give it a really smooth look, applied the decorative detail using paper mache clay, sanded detail, then another layer of gesso to give the detail an embossed look, then paint. Lots of fun! Thank you jonni! I love this site!A

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    1. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      Tititoes, having made a dozen banks myself, I love and appreciate what you have done and shared with us here. I love your banks. I don’t put an “escape hatch” for money, so if someone wants to get the money out of one of my banks, they will have to break it out. So I would be interested, also, in the release device.

      I really love this shelf. I have been saving cardboard boxes, paper, etc., in the garage. Something is going to have to give soon. I have been thinking about what to do for shelves on my workroom wall, and I think this would be the answer. How do you attach the shelf to the wall.

      Thanks.

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  10. Tititoes
    Tititoes at |

    In January my daughter and I decided to make paper mache banks for the grandbabies using various traditional paper mache paste. It was a disaster which led me to Jonni’s awesome site and her fabulous paper mache clay and gesso. Jonni and the many other talented artists that have submitted their fantastic creations have been a huge inspiration for me. I have since then created 6 items using recipes and techniques I discovered on this site in the following order: Piggy bank, wall shelf, elephant bank, bunny bank, donkey bank and humpty dumpty bank. For the piggy bank I used a mayo container, yogurt container, newspaper, cardboard, masking tape and pipe cleaners for the armature and covered that with plaster cloth then finished it with paper mache clay. Thank to you all!

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    1. Eileen
      Eileen at |

      Nice work on all of your banks and the shelf. I have a question, you mentioned that on your Humpty you could remove the money from the bottom of the wall, how did you do it so the money can be removed? I have made several banks as well and tried a few methods, not very satisfactorily. Do you have a suggestion?

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  11. Nathalie
    Nathalie at |

    Good afternoon everyone !

    What a great weather it is in Belgium ! With this weather the paper mache sculptures are drying very fast !

    At first : thank you Marilyn and Eileen for your enthusiasm :D And thank you for the tip Eileen ! I will keep that in mind for my next sculpture ! It’s actually logical that paper mache’ing the whole sculpture is better for the end result than paper mache’in all parts seperately on the base . Because it is my first thing to make in paper mache , I forgive myself that ! But the next time I wil firstly make my sculpture with all parts and then paper mache it !

    Todays update :

    I gave the unicorn a pair of ears and a neck, ( I really was amazed by how strong paper mache is !! Already after one layer only !!!) I don’t know whether I would add the eyes, or leave the unicorn like this and paint it in a color. I do want the neck to be thicker and because it was mentionned to be hanging on the wall, in one way or another I still have to attach the neck to a wooden palet or maybe cardboard would work too? I don’t know actually. Anyone with tips or tricks, please share them with me ! It would help me a lot ! In the mean time I started paper mache’ing some wached out tins. Does somebody have suggestions ? I like the fact that a year is mentionned on the bottom of the tin. I don’t know why ^^

    Have a great day further to you all !

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    1. Soul
      Soul at |

      Shaping up real nicely Nathalie! I was thinking it would also make a perfect stick horse/unicorn (stokpaardje). For shaping up I usually study close up pictures on google to see if I want to ad something to an animals face or body like eyebrows muscles and such.

      If you want to mount it to a wall plaque you may want to think of the angle the neck should be before you continue shaping the neck more, since then it will have to be in a different direction to make the head stand out nicely.

      You could try to make a plaque out of cardboard and make a hole in it so you can fix the end of the neck to the back of the board to give it more strength and then fill up the board to the size you want it to be…

      The tin cans could maybe made into flowervases or something for single flowers? You could shape flowerleafs on them at the top. Just thinking a loud… I’m sure you’ll figure out a nice use for them!

      It’s so rewarding to recycle items into something new and useful. Have fun!

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      1. Nathalie
        Nathalie at |

        Thank you for your reply Soul !!! I will try it with the holes in a cardboard :D soon I will upload my progress . Thank you for your enthusiam !

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    2. Christine
      Christine at |

      The unicorn is great! Have you considered making a thick framing of cardboard and attaching it to the cardboard with a good strong layer of paper mache??? would be good if you could connect the neck somehow to the piece you want to mount it too as well as part of the under framing…not sure what you used inside the neck of the unicorn, but if you could wire or connect them it may strengthen it even more.
      I am continuing working on a small bunny and a larger bunny. I am very happy with the mix of the Air Dry Clay as it has allowed a great deal of fine detail I have never been able to achieve with paper mache projects in the past. I am curious about being able to use it in the coming months when I get back to my sand table and work botanical pieces again for the summer into fall… I am having a great time experimenting with it on a few small painted and gilded projects though in the mean time. I will try to download an image from my phone to computer as I finish, but didn’t have good luck on my earlier attempt to share an image (too large I think).
      Thanks everyone and Jonni for the inspiration and collaborative sharing of ideas! It is incredibly helpful as I am always seeking new ways to create and integrate into my own style and pieces.
      Christine S. Alt
      Silver Hill Sand Casting
      http://www.silverhillsandcasting.com
      or fb page for Art and projects at Christine S. Alt ~ Silver Hill Sandcasting
      * I have pictures that loaded to the fb page of the bunny in progress all the way through to completion of gilding in an aged copper look… If anyone does fb, please check it out or friend me on my personal page too!

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      1. Nathalie
        Nathalie at |

        Thank you for your tips christine ! And just like Jonni I love your unique leaves art ! It’s very nice that you can combine 2 passions of yours in that manner !
        Keep up the wonderful work !

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  12. Jane Walsh
    Jane Walsh at |

    Here is my most recent paper mache finished project. It is a Dovahkiin helmet from the video game Skyrim. My first project was back in Halloween when I made Dragon Priest mask and staff from Skyrim for my son’s costume. My husband was thrilled with how this turned out. He sanded the helmet and painted it. I used wood stain on the horns with a bit of flat black primer mixed in to highlight the groves.

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    1. Soul
      Soul at |

      Wow Jane, amazing, I definitely wouldn’t have guessed that to be paper mache! Love the details you put into it showing the history of the helmet.

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    2. Chris
      Chris at |

      What a great helmet. Very very good job

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    3. Tammy
      Tammy at |

      Jane….That’s paper mache?? I second Jonni’s comment very nice!

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      1. Jane Walsh
        Jane Walsh at |

        Well, it isn’t the traditional paper mache’. It is made from Jonnie’s paper mache’ clay. Which made this so much stronger than traditional paper mache’.

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    4. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      Wow, Jane! That is really good. I third Jonni’s comment! Great job.

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  13. Dodie Clark
    Dodie Clark at |

    This is not a paper mache item but I have been wanting to do some painting so I choose concrete stepping stones. My co-worker wanted a KY Wildcat stone.

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    1. Marilyn
      Marilyn at |

      Dodie, your Wildcat stone is painted beautifully. I love blue :-)

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      1. Dodie Clark
        Dodie Clark at |

        My friend is from Ky and she really loved it.

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    2. Eileen
      Eileen at |

      Nice! I love the wildcat-very ferocious! This was on cement? How thick? What did you paint it with? Will it be waterproof? That seems to be the never ending quest on this site! Sorry for all the questions.

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      1. Dodie Clark
        Dodie Clark at |

        The concrete stepping stone is 12″s round and 2 in thick. I use acrylic paint and Krylon Colormaster indoor and outdoor sealer.

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  14. Nathalie
    Nathalie at |

    Hello everyone,

    not so long ago, I got inspired by the things you could make with paper mache and I started my first project about 2 weeks ago.
    Because I am still a college going student I only have time for the paper mache making in my breaks between studying (exams are coming up) but maybe that’s not so bad. In this manner every layer of paper mache has a chance to completely dry!

    I’ve got inspired by a unicorn paper mache project I found on the internet and by Jonni’s many youtube video’s and I started ,as mentioned before, about 2 weeks ago with my first project. I made a unicorn as I thought it would be clever to start with a project from which I have an example found on internet.

    So now we are 2 weeks further and this is my result.

    I still have to put the eyes on it, make it more realistic, make it smoother, add a neck and paint it but anyway I loved the way that other people showed their results here, so I did the same.

    If you have any tips, comments, questions or other things you would like to share, please do ! It’s my first project so I can use all information I can get !

    Thank you Jonni for this wonderful website with tips and a sculports page like this one !

    Have a great day to you all !

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    1. Marilyn
      Marilyn at |

      Nathalie, you now have the paper mache bug. We all have it :-) You will be imagining all sorts of things to make. I’m looking forward to seeing more photos of your Unicorn as he progresses :-)

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      1. Eileen
        Eileen at |

        Yes Nathalie, welcome to the obsession! We all have the bug- it is catching. The one thing I would offer is to try to complete your armature before applying your strips, clay, whatever. I have also found that the better the armature, the better the final results will be. So, spend some time perfecting the armature and the rest will follow. Good luck and keep us posted with your progress. Also, good luck on finals.

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  15. Soul
    Soul at |

    Todays progress. Coloring in with brown paper bags and breadcrust print from wholemeal flour.

    Looking forward to see all your daily pics too. Doesn’t have to be finished to show it here. So much to learn from your progress pictures, I’m particullarly interested to see the making of that giraffe ;)

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    1. Marilyn
      Marilyn at |

      Soul, your deer is looking great :-)

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    2. Nathalie
      Nathalie at |

      wauw ! good job ! How did you do the eyes?

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      1. Soul
        Soul at |

        Thanks all.

        Nathalie the eyes are old glass decoration marbles. I happened to have just two left of this color. They seemed to be just the right size so perfect for the job. It gives that ‘red’ eye effect when photographing with flash light.

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        1. Michele
          Michele at |

          Very good job Soul, can’t get over how fast you’re doing! My giraffe is quite slow… here is how she is coming along, keep on going!

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          1. Soul
            Soul at |

            Wow Michele, amazing, what a construction and what a beauty.
            That must be quite something to work on on that height. I can imagine that working on a ladder and the amount of detail you put into it take up quite some time. I have’nt done any clay on the deer at all. Just worked with paper strips and using crumbled up paper and bottles and such for shape which speeds up the process quite a lot but definitely doesn’t have the same quality look as yours. In that sense I’m kinda ‘sloppy’. I like the character of the recycling still being somewhat visible.
            Your giraffe is amazing. Maybe repost your picture in a seperate post so it shows up on the top of the page instead of a subpost. The picture will show bigger then and I’m sure that people don’t want to miss out on this!

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            1. Soul
              Soul at |

              By the way, if you’d walk through the album you’d see I started on the deer in October 2012 so actually it’s not as fast as it seems ;)

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    3. Christine Majul
      Christine Majul at |

      Soul, the deer is coming along swimmingly, I can’t wait to see the finished deer. You did a phenomenal job.

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    4. Natalie
      Natalie at |

      What a beautiful deer! I would like to attempt to make something like this sometime.

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  16. Victor
    Victor at |

    Final attempt !

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    1. Soul
      Soul at |

      It looks very delicate indeed. I tried to find something on google like it but you probably already did too. Not a single trace of anything even looking close to it…

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    2. Girl
      Girl at |

      I looked on google images which took me to ebay. It wasn’t there but I found this name Sergio Bustamante. It could be his, hope this helps.

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      1. Victor
        Victor at |

        Thank you for that. I had previously searched endlessly to try and find an identical item and did come across Sergio Bustamante’s fish artwork finding it to be very detailed. As a result of finding his artwork of fish very detailed I did contact him some time ago. During my searches I did not find the image under his name that you have posted. However, because I found the sculptures of fish that he had very detailed I contacted him and sent him my image/photograph to try and find out if he had any information on the fish in question. He did not reply even though I wrote to him through both his website and facebook page. Even though these sculptures are almost identical the sculpture I have has the name Osa signed/marking on it. There appears to be a number of differences between these two sculptures and I hope that Sergio Bustamante will help me with the information I need. I’m really very grateful for your help and I will now contact Sergio yet again in the hope that he can answer my questions and put my curiosity to rest. Thank you and I will post the end result Sergio permitting !

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      2. Victor
        Victor at |

        Dear Girl, I have found copies of how Sergio Bustamante signs his artwork and have attached an image/photogragh with this post. The sculpture that we are researching is definitely and clearly signed : Osa. The sculpture we are trying to get information on does look similar to that you posted, but the sculpture we are researching is different in many ways especially the fine detail in the way it has been painted and finished. Sergio Bustamante has not replied as yet. He is probably far to busy. Sad really because I think that he may have copied the fish you posted from another antique piece that is proving somewhat illusive to get good detailed information on.

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  17. Victor
    Victor at |

    Final attempt at uploading my image of a very rare/unique paper mache blow fish that stands at 30 inches tall by 24 inches wide, with a depth of 24 inches. Looks and feels exactly like porcelain. Does anyone know of its origin, history or even the artist ? Thank you.

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  18. Tammy
    Tammy at |

    Ok everyone I want to share something I have been working on lately. It isn’t paper mache but I learned all my sculpting skills from working with paper mache and mostly everything I have learned has come from here on Jonni’s site. Introducing ….”Q-Tip” the pose-able art doll.
    Here is a quick overview of the materials:
    The head and feet are made with fimo oven baked clay, the eyes are hand painted glass beads and the body is made with a wire armature ( just like some paper mache) than the armature is wrapped with poly fill ( kind of like the newspaper bulking out of paper mache) and its all covered with fun fur. The wings are made with felt and than attached with needle and thread. You can pose the doll in different ways because of its flexible wire armature

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    1. Soul
      Soul at |

      That is so cute Tammy! I started working on a needle felted elephant with wire body some time back to maybe one day make animation movies with it but never got to finish it yet. I bet this bird would make an amazing animation figure!

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    2. Christine Majul
      Christine Majul at |

      I can see where you got the concepts from this site and paper mache. This sculpture is a nice way to incorporate many principles and it is so cute.

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    3. Marilyn
      Marilyn at |

      Tammy, I just love that face. Q-tip is pretty cute :-)

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    4. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      That is really cool!

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  19. Michele
    Michele at |

    Just to complement

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    1. Christine Majul
      Christine Majul at |

      Michelle, this is absolutely WOW! that would be worth its weight in gold.

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      1. Tammy
        Tammy at |

        Michelle very nice! You all seem to be getting this metal look down. I am almost ready to try it out :) I especially like the base part it looks very neat.

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      2. Larry
        Larry at |

        Great sculpt and paint effects!

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    2. Marilyn
      Marilyn at |

      Michele, I love him. You guys are doing great work with the metal looks :-)

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      1. Soul
        Soul at |

        I agree with Tammy and Marilyn, those metal looks look really great. I only got as far as painting the Budai gold but didn’t do any of the so nice wearing down yet.

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    3. Nikki Lawing
      Nikki Lawing at |

      Your pegasus is really beautiful! Great job! :)

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      1. Michele
        Michele at |

        Thank you all for your nice comment, back to my giraffe now!

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    4. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      I’m working on a Pegasus now, and yours is simply amazing. I love it. Too late for me to steal some of your ideas! Great job.

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  20. Michele
    Michele at |

    Hi everybody,

    I just finished my pegasus and I wanted to share it with you. Thanks to Jonni for your advise on the wings, I started it in 2003 with an armature my father did for me to make a horse. I stop after a few weeks because I didn’t have much time and I didn’t like the way it was turning out. I started again to work on it just before christmas and found Jonni’s website and all your amazing ideas and sharing. That gave me the push to finish my horse that in my mind had turned into pegasus. I’m quite proud of it. Here is a photo.

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  21. Larry
    Larry at |

    Hi Jonni,
    Finished painting my Walrus and after much deliberation on what to use for the whiskers, I decided to use toothpicks which I think worked rather nicely. I wanted to give the walrus a weathered copper effect as if it had been out in the elements for a while. I was actually inspired by some of the metal animal sculptures at the Central Park Zoo in NYC. I am going to mount it on a wood plaque and give it that the same weathered copper effect. I will post another pic when it’s fully completed and mounted.

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    1. Soul
      Soul at |

      Wow Larry, that looks great! Love that copper pattina effect!

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    2. Marilyn
      Marilyn at |

      Larry the weathered copper look is amazing :-)

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      1. Larry
        Larry at |

        Thanks Marilyn! Here’s a better pic…

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        1. Tammy
          Tammy at |

          Marilyn He looks absolutely fabulous!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to see him finished :)

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        2. Tammy
          Tammy at |

          Larry what a great choice for whiskers it looks great. I really love the patina look, it really looks like he is made of copper.

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        3. Rex Winn
          Rex Winn at |

          Great job. Love the whiskers.

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    3. Michele
      Michele at |

      The copper patina is amazing, very well done!

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    4. Tammy
      Tammy at |

      Marilyn He looks absolutely fabulous!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to see him finished :)

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  22. Marilyn
    Marilyn at |

    Sorry for the side ways photos

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    1. Eileen
      Eileen at |

      Marilyn, This is a wonderful Macaw! The detail is great and I love the stance-just like a real parrot. How did you get him to stand up so nicely? This should be a lot of fun to paint too. Nice!

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    2. Christine Majul
      Christine Majul at |

      I would love to see what colors you decide to use. Right now the form and texture of your parrot is great and really realistic.

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  23. Marilyn
    Marilyn at |

    This is a macaw parrot, I’m making for my Mom for Mother’s Day. I feel under the gun with this time line .

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    1. Soul
      Soul at |

      It looks great! I’m sure you’ll do fine! It’s more important that you can fill it with happy vibes while working on it!
      Else you could always give her a small egg that will ‘magically’ hatch in a surprise bird if she keeps it warm long enough ;)
      Looking forward to see it in full color!

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    2. Michele
      Michele at |

      Wow Really nice marylin, you’ve done a great job with the feathers and detail. Vers inspiring!

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    3. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      Really, really nice. I can’t wait to see it painted.

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      1. Jackie Smith
        Jackie Smith at |

        Really Cute! Please post photo when it is painted. I bet it will be a knock out!

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  24. Tina
    Tina at |

    Hi Everyone!
    Just finished my version of Humpty Dumpty. Having trouble getting my comment & picture posted…trying again.

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    1. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      He is so happy. Great job.

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      1. Tina
        Tina at |

        Thanks Rex…it made me happy when making him.

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  25. Tina
    Tina at |

    Humpty Dumpty finally finished!

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    1. Marilyn
      Marilyn at |

      Tina He makes me smile. Great job :-)

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      1. Soul
        Soul at |

        Yay, an adorable twin brother for Jonni’s one :D You are fast! How big are they?

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        1. Tina
          Tina at |

          Glad I could make you smile Marilyn. He makes me smile too. He is about 12″ tall & doesn’t take very long to make.

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          1. Tina
            Tina at |

            Just wanted to share the Hippy Girl I finished Hope everyone is finally enjoying the sunshine.

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  26. Soul
    Soul at |

    Shoe filler for top and bottom jaw.
    Cut in angle toiletroll tubes for eyecaskets.
    Two empty construction tape rolls for the skull.
    Half a small soda bottle shaped into ears.
    Old newspaper for a skin transplant and all of a sudden there is a HEAD!!! :D
    Next up is working on the shoulder and neck part.

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    1. Michele
      Michele at |

      Soul, you’re doing a amazing job, thanks for sharing it. I’m doing a giraffe with the same kind of material as I like to recycle things as well. It’s great to see your work really inspiring!

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    2. Soul
      Soul at |

      Was such nice weather out that I had to give it another try now she is slightly more stable.

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      1. Soul
        Soul at |

        Thanks everyone.
        Didn’t do much today but what I did made a BIG difference :D
        I used two old decoration glass marbles for the eyes and that sure makes me long for the day the newspaper print will be gone. Still a long way to go though.

        Yesterday I closed up the belly part from below and the inside of the legs by putting her upside down on the table so now I can fully concentrate on what’s visible when she’s standing up.

        I like how the eyes light up when making a picture.

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    3. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      Great job, Soul. Thanks for the update. She is looking great.

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      1. Soul
        Soul at |

        Thanks all. It’s a joy to work outside, it’s amazing how fast a bit of a breeze dries the paper mache. Shortly after in the evening it started to rain and hasn’t stopped.

        Looking forward to see the progress of your giraffe Michele!

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    4. Marilyn
      Marilyn at |

      Soul your deer is looking good :-)

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      1. Soul
        Soul at |

        Buffing up the muscled parts with cut in half bottles. Right side has a first layer on, left side is still open.

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  27. Karen
    Karen at |

    I am so inspired by your site! I’m not sure if my last message posted, but I need some advice on a project that I am starting today using a styrofoam wig form as the form to mold my freestanding art piece. how would I cut the seam to remove the art piece from the underlying styrofoam form I’m using, and would I use petroleum (or??) to keep the gauze strips or paper strips from sticking to my form?

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    1. Eileen
      Eileen at |

      Karen, you could cover the wig form with Saran Wrap so the paste doesn’t stick to the form. I have done it on styrofoam before and it does work. I fear the stryofoam may be too porous to use the petroleum. To cut it off, you could carefully use scissors or an exacto knife, then use more strips to repair it. The exacto knife may damage the wig form though, so be careful. Good luck and be sure to post as you go along. We love pictures!

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    2. Christine Majul
      Christine Majul at |

      Karen, when I make mache bowls out of regular glass or plastic bowls I put cling wrap around the bowl and one layer of painters tape, just the regular kind (not necessary). when I have two layers I take out the mache bowl and the cling wrap. I mache the inside of the bowl and a layer outside. It works and makes it easy. You may find this might work for you.

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    3. Soul
      Soul at |

      Hi Karen, Joni might probably have better advice but I made an atire for my paper mache elephant that is removable, on the body itself, simply by putting kitchenwrapper (the plastic) between it. That might work on your wig form as well.

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  28. SquarePeg
    SquarePeg at |

    I am having trouble finding the ‘blue shop towel’ rolls that you have mentioned and shown. I have looked and can only find a product called ‘chux’ which is textured. I am wanting to give it a try as I have a fairly large piece that needs some reinforcement and hope that it will stabilise it also. I am in South Australia. Is the paper reasonably thick? I did come across some blue bubbly paper rolls but these were extremely expensive and it doesn’t look like what you have used in your tutorials.
    Got any ideas?
    Cheers
    SquarePeg

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    1. Chris
      Chris at |

      Hi Square Peg, I am from Victoria, the chux are material based and really not the same as I think what Jonni uses. I have a product called Roar paper towel, that I bought through a cleaning supply company, when I was running a cleaning business. It is expensive but does stretch and holds its shape when used. I have not found anything else in Australia, that is similar, but inexpensive. I have used just ordinary paper towels, needs a few layers but gives good results. I have searched and not found anything that seems similar to what Jonni uses in Australia, so if you do find anything, please let us know.

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      1. SquarePeg
        SquarePeg at |

        Thanks for your help!

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    2. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      I don’t know if this will be of any help whatsoever, but this is what the shop towel looks like. It is polymer. Here in the U.S., it is smaller than a paper towel roll but the same height. Good luck.

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      1. SquarePeg
        SquarePeg at |

        Thanks for your help! I will keep looking!

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  29. Matt Solomon
    Matt Solomon at |

    Hi,
    I am a Matt from the UK, a newcomer to the site and inspired by what I see. I thought I’d share something with everyone here, including a technique they may find useful.
    I recently built a Comic Book Trunk for my 14 year old son. I wanted a way for him to store/organise all his comics that he has started to collect. The box was built mostly from 6mm MDF, except the base which was 12mm.
    I wanted the whole box to be covered in miniature comic covers with some 3D logos. I didn’t want to use any spray lacquer-as it’s expensive, messy and I wanted to build it all inside the house.
    The box was first painted with a generous coat of un-diluted PVA. The PVA I use is Evo-Stik Super Evo-Bond from the builder merchants-it costs about £16-£20 for 5 litres. This first coat is just to soak in and seal the MDF-as it has a tendency to swell up when wet. When it’s dry the comic covers can be applied. I printed off hundreds of little covers on my inkjet printer-and allowed at least an hour to ensure the pages were fully dry before cutting them out.
    To stick them on, firstly I applied a light coat of PVA to the MDF-working a small area at a time (as it dries quickly). Then I gently applied the comic cover to the MDF, smoothing it down well with my fingers. Repeated several hundred times! Once all stickers were applied, I then gently brushed a coat of the PVA over everything. I say gently as if you “scrub” with the brush-it can make the printer ink start to run/blend. The first coat was done very carefully – and as thin a coat as possible. Once the first coat is dry, the printer ink is sealed in so further coats were put on a lot thicker. This was to give the “varnished” effect and hopefully offers protection. PVA is often watered down-so this could be an option to others-but if it’s over printer ink images-DO NOT WATER IT DOWN! This is because the water will can cause the ink to run/spread. Using neat PVA, this isn’t as likely as it’s thicker and dries quickly.
    The superhero logos were far more time consuming. I did Batman, Superman and The Punisher. I wanted to create a 3D logo made of smaller versions of the same logo. These smaller versions would be colour-tinted differently so that they gave the correct colour scheme for the overall piece.
    The smaller logos were all done and tinted in Adobe Photoshop. The actual 3D logo was constructed from corrugated plastic board and 4 layers of that insulation foil for underneath floors. I had the foil laying around from out DIY and only used it as its fairly thick, yet easy to cut out with scissors. Using multi-layered cardboard would work-but I only had a few sheets of the plastic board available.
    Firstly I covered the logo with the small versions-paying attention the edges and intricate details first. Once all the edges/holes are covered, then I went round and did the flat areas. I tried to keep the logos whole where possible-and only cut if I had to. Once all covered-time for a thin coat of the un-diluted PVA. When it was dry, a further 3 very thick coats where applied to give a deep gloss finish.
    These were then stuck to the trunk using a 2-part resin glue-extremely strong stuff!
    So here’s the finished result-hope you like the images and hopefully the “PVA Varnish” idea may be useful to others.

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    1. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      This is awesome. I just used a leftover piece of MDF board as a small counter in the laundry room. I know it doesn’t like water, and this would have been the perfect solution. Thanks. I’ll keep this in mind. Interesting and informative. And I love the trunk.

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  30. Kelly
    Kelly at |

    Hi Jonni,
    I just heard your tutorial about mold. How fast would you expect to see mold? I have been using the paper mache clay for about a year and a half and have not had any problem with mold…or I don’t think I have any problem with mold. At the end of April, I will be participating in a large show. I want to make absolutely sure all my pieces are mold free. I do understand that if I am careless just one time, mold may appear. Thank you so much for sharing your valuable knowledge.

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  31. Larry
    Larry at |

    Hi Jonni,
    I had stumbled upon your site a few months back while searching for a papier maché paste recipe and was blown away. I was so amazed and inspired by your work and talent! It’s so wonderful that you take the time to share your work (both successes and failures), your advice and your knowledge with all of us. In our digital age today, it’s so important to keep the physical arts alive and it’s great to see so many people taking an interest in this great medium.

    I’m currently working on a papier maché sculpture of a walrus that I would like to share on the daily sculptors group page.

    I just finished applying a few coats of gesso and can’t wait to start painting this and adding some more details.

    I wonder if you have any suggestions as to what material I can fashion whiskers out of? I considered a few options such as broom bristles or heavy nylon fishing cord but I’m not sure what would work best. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated!

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    1. Tammy
      Tammy at |

      Larry what an awesome walrus..I can’t wait to see it painted :) As for the whiskers you could use a nylon paint brushes bristles ( like the one you get for painting your house) or if you want to make it really realistic to go with the style you have now you can see if you can find some small clear cocktail straws. The walruses whiskers are actually hollow, I was once kissed by a sea loin and his whiskers were like little straws :)

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      1. Larry
        Larry at |

        Thanks for your suggestions Tammy! That’s a great idea! I can’t wait to paint it-not sure if I want to give it a realistic paint job or make it look like a weathered copper or brass sculpture with a nice green patina.

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  32. Christine
    Christine at |

    Trying a second image, but not sure if it will work

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  33. SquarePeg
    SquarePeg at |

    I mean’t so say that Paper Mache is a passion of mine! I am trying to develop my own technique and seem to be refining my processes! My house is currently full of projects that will be exhibited next year as part of an exhibition with other artists!
    I look forward to your comments on this piece!
    Have a Great Day! and happy creating everyone!
    Cheers
    SquarePeg

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  34. SquarePeg
    SquarePeg at |

    I think I have finally worked out how to reduce my photos for ‘show and tell’.
    I really enjoy reading and looking at other people’s work. It has become a very big passion of mine….. I consider it therapy!

    Here goes! I hope it works this time!

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    1. Tammy
      Tammy at |

      Wonderful!

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  35. Victor
    Victor at |

    Anyone got an idea of how much this costs. It stands at 30 inches tall, 24 inches wide by a depth of 24 inches. It’s either a blow or puffer fish. Anyone know of the history or the artist of this item. Is it worth £350 in British currency.

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  36. Victor
    Victor at |

    Please could you give me any information on this paper mache Blow or Puffer Fish. It is 30 inches tall, 24 inches wide with a depth of 24 inches. I want to buy it, but not sure if it’s worth £300. As you can see it is in good condition with no chips, cracks or stains. It does give the appearance of being porcelain or china. That is how brilliant it looks. Please could you tell me if there is any history to this item and who made it. It would also be useful if you could give a rough valuation from the photograph provided so that I can decide if it is worth buying. It’s an absolutely brilliant piece of artistic workmanship. Please could you treat as urgent as I need to buy this item or make an offer within the next few days. I thank you in advance for your time and assistance on this matter.

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  37. Soul
    Soul at |

    Looking forward to your creations Charmaine!

    I’m so excited about todays progress I just have to share :p

    My deer now is able to stand on her own and legs without support and head and legs are all fixed in position with angled wood pieces and such, I can start building up volume now now that the basic construction is stabilized YAY :D

    Was quite a challenge to get the head and neck right but there is always a solution to every new challenge and I think I’m close enough to the original to catch the beauty of her pose in it.

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    1. Soul
      Soul at |

      On moving her in the stability was totally gone. Everything was completely out of balance in the weirdest way. So today I didn’t get much done yet but rebalancing everything and fixing it in place more with a lot of tape and filling.

      I also started on the belly. I shaped it up with a layer of small and a few flat bottles on a layer of big bottles and I’m pretty happy with the rounded shape for a start to build upon.

      And 16 bottles less clears up quite some space too :D

      For those wondering how to resize their pictures. What always works for me is opening the picture on my computer and then taking a screenshot of it. When I save the screenshot the size is always right.

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      1. Rex Winn
        Rex Winn at |

        Soul,

        I love your ideas. The whiskers and all. We don’t have recycling where I am, and I have been “storing” my plastic water bottles for a day when I can recycle them. I love your idea of putting them in the deer. Now I know why I’ve kept them.

        Thanks, too, for the update on the deer. That is really exciting. Great ideas.

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    2. Soul
      Soul at |

      Worked on covering the belly part a bit today and on starting to shape the head. I used an old shoefiller and some toiletpaper tubes cut in angle to start shaping the eye caskets.

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  38. Charmaine
    Charmaine at |

    Wow! What an awesome site I stumbled upon. Thank you all for sharing your ideas and art… now to get cracking on my own creation. :)

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