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. Tammy
    Tammy at |

    Ok so after banging my head and trying not to bang his head I decided to just go with putting another layer of paper mache clay around the opening in the back , I than sprayed the inside and rim with black paint and touched up the paint to mach as best I could. Now he can be hung on a hook on the wall.He’s finished and out of here :) Here is the final look.

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    1. Tammy
      Tammy at |

      One more thing. What do you do with a busy one year old while your doing all this???…….Let him help of coarse :)

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      1. Tammy
        Tammy at |

        one more try..

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  2. Nancy Coffelt
    Nancy Coffelt at |

    I have been a fine artist working in 2-d since the 80s. But the last several months have been enthralled with paper mache. The site is so inspiring! I have been creating sculptures and bins. I just sold this dog sculpture last week–very exciting! I am just finishing up a trio of 3/4 life-size, multicolored Suffolk sheep for a First Friday Art Walk.

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  3. Rex Winn
    Rex Winn at |

    Okay. Here’s dog 3 – a German Shepherd (in case you can’t tell!). For a niece who raised seeing eye dogs.

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    1. Nikki Lawing
      Nikki Lawing at |

      He’s so cute! Great job Rex :D

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      1. Rex Winn
        Rex Winn at |

        Thanks Jonni and Nikki. I appreciate the comments.

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    2. Tammy
      Tammy at |

      Rex just look at that face definitely a Shepard!!! Great job :)

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    3. Dodie Clark
      Dodie Clark at |

      It is much fun to make the dogs. I see you have it down pat for making them, Nice painting job.

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      1. Rex Winn
        Rex Winn at |

        Thanks, Dodie. What have you been up to? I am painting my next one and starting the next three. I started a monkey, and it is weird going back to a larger shape. We’ll see.

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        1. Dodie Clark
          Dodie Clark at |

          I have to work with bigger dogs because I have arthritis in my hand and the small ones are hard to get them right. I have now done 15 dogs

          I work 2 days a week now so I can have money to buy my supplies. and help feed 20 cats, 4 dogs and 3 horses.

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  4. Tammy
    Tammy at |

    I said I would let you know how the bear head is going so….I tried to fix the back of the grizzly bear so that I could mount it onto a plaque…..but when I went to add paper mache clay it just wouldn’t stick (ok I was probably rushing here..I just wanted to get the thing mounted :( ) I decided I was going to fill the back up with more paper , than place a piece of cardboard over the opening and just use drywall compound to cover it. I was thinking I would be able to screw into it once it was hard…umm ..lets just say that was a major fail..back to the drawing board

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    1. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      Tammy, I can only imagine how frustrated you must be. I don’t know if this will be of any help at all, but when I was doing Mohawk Chick piggy bank, I cut the nest off the bottom and added legs. The armature for the legs was a heavy wire. I drilled holes into the bottom of the chicken and threaded the wires into where I had cut off (like the back of your bear’s head). I then put paper mache clay between the wires, let it dry, and then added paper mache clay around the wires. It worked pretty well.

      Anyway, maybe it will give you another idea. Jonni has had more experience than I have, so I’d listen to her! (I’m not surprised the joint compound wouldn’t hold. It’s not very strong in that sense.) Good luck.

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  5. Rex Winn
    Rex Winn at |

    Here is my second attempt at doing miniature dogs. I have a sister who has trained seeing eye dogs for 20 years – and this is a lab for her. Any comments will be appreciated. (Tammy, you did such a wonderful job last time. Neck is thinner and nose looks much better on top. Thanks again.)

    I have learned a couple of things. Use good masking tape. It made a huge difference when I got rid of the old, cheap masking tape and started using the Scotch brand. The tape sticks so much better, especially on miniature pieces. The other thing is to make all four feet touch the ground not only during the creation but when applying the paper mache! I know, it’s obvious, but . . .

    Thanks, Jonni. Two more in the works. When I get to five I can get serious. ;>)

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    1. Tammy
      Tammy at |

      Rex this is awesome:) I still can’t get over how good your legs look! (I’m talking about the dog..lol) Every dog you make looks better and better I’m sure you are learning a lot in the process too. Please keep them coming I really like seeing them :) So far my favorite is the little begging one you made:)

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      1. Rex Winn
        Rex Winn at |

        Thanks Tammy and Jonni. I have a German Shepherd drying and a min pin in the works. I am learning a lot. Don’t drop them from five feet; their legs are fragile!

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      2. Joy LaPlante
        Joy LaPlante at |

        Hi Jonni, I finally completed my dinosaur completed she is 3.5 ft tall by 6 foot long. As you know it was made with PM and PM clay. Here is what I did after I was done sculpting. I covered her with waterproof outdoor wood glue then laid heavy paper towels all over her, then more waterproof wood glue over top of the paper towels. And I must say that the paper towels gave her skin wonderful bumps and realistic skin tone. I was hoping all of the things that I did to it would help water seal her so she can be outside since she is so big. Then I bought a can of rubber and sprayed two can’s all over her. Then I painted her with latex paint and then to add color I airbrushed and dry brushed her. I wanted to see if these things would work to waterproof her and when I took her to my mom and dad I told them she was an experiment to see if she can take the rain and sun. Unfortunately we will never know, my dad left her outside for two nights and the night it was suppose to rain he covered her with a tarp, then brought her in there house and put her in their sun room. When I asked him why he responded by saying she is too nice to be left outside. So unless he changes his mind we might not ever know if the triceratops dinosaur is waterproof. :) Thank you for letting me share my sculpture with you and thank you for your webpage I use it often and love seeing the awesome things others come up with.

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  6. Sabina Chorley
    Sabina Chorley at |

    This is a paper mache peace sign I just finished for my front door.

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    1. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      Wow! I love that. I am always amazed when I see this throwback to the 70s. You did a wonderful job with the colors.

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    2. Sabina Chorley
      Sabina Chorley at |

      Thank You, I put it on my front door.

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      1. Sabina Chorley
        Sabina Chorley at |

        I took it down

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        1. Rex Winn
          Rex Winn at |

          Sabina, I love it. You did an awesome job with the colors and design.

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    3. jason
      jason at |

      That’s really cool, but it’s not a Peace Sign. It’s a Mercedes emblem.
      The difference is, a peace sign has a line extending from the top to the bottom, with bars coming down on the left and right (touching the outer circle a total of four times). A Mercedes emblem has only three bars.

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  7. brooke
    brooke at |

    Another Christmas gift not so creepy, from Adventure Time. I have not figured out if you can post multiple pics so I will try to do 1 or 2 a week. One thing I did do, on accident, was change Jonni’s paper mache clay recipe a little and I like the smooth out come and workability of the new recipe.

    I ripe my TP into 4 strips and while in water use the blender to mix it into instant potato consistency. I squeeze out the water then add glue, joint compound, and baby oil then mix again ( its easier for the mixer) then add cornstarch instead of flour.

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  8. brooke
    brooke at |

    I am trying to upload pics from my computer instead of my phone in the hopes it will finally work! If it does then I can add other pics of projects in various forms of completion. This is a mache I did about 2 weeks ago as a Christmas gift for my cousin who is terrified of those wind up symbol monkeys. He has those glass beads you can find at the dollar store painted for eyes, an outfit made of felt, and Dan Reeders suggestion of polymer teeth (which has worked for me on a lot of projects. Very creepy I think!

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    1. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      Brooke, those are fun. I loved seeing them.

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  9. Tammy
    Tammy at |

    OK here is the finished Grizzly head. The person wanted a fierce looking bear so this is what I came up with. I still have to put it on a black plaque for mounting on the wall ( I tell you how that goes..definitely nervous about ruining the head) I always seem to not plan properly for mounting /standing or displaying the piece. I will be starting a Green sea turtle soon and will make it a point to plan how it is going to sit before I make it. Anyways bring on the comments, criticism and compliments :)

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    1. brooke
      brooke at |

      Depending on how heavy this beautiful bear is, you could try trophy plaques they can be bought at a craft store or Amazon for around $5. They come unfinished so perfect for painting or staining and are intended to hanging on the wall. These are usually what taxidermists use to mount deer heads to walls. Just a thought! Awesome job!

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    2. Christine Majul
      Christine Majul at |

      Tammy, that bear head is so ferociously gorgeous. What a great job.

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    3. Nikki Lawing
      Nikki Lawing at |

      I love your bear Tammy, it is really inspiring! The level of detail is amazing. Great work! :D

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    4. Michele
      Michele at |

      Veys impressive détail tammy, love the different texture. How Did you do the fur like? Is it the cornstash or is it Just an illusion Made by the painting? The teeth are Really real,what is the polymer clayettes? Did you do it or buy it like that? Thank for sharing it!

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      1. Tammy
        Tammy at |

        Thanks so much for the nice compliments so far :) I am still trying to get it attached to a plaque just like the one you described brooke :) It didn’t work quite well :( See I actually left the very back opened ( I know duh…….but there isn’t any thing to screw into. I did try and wedge a piece of wood inside but it just pulled back out I’m thinking I might have to mache the back but I’ll have a hard time matching the color and varnish finish…any other ideas??
        Michele The fur is made by using Jonni’s smooth clay and adding fur like texture with a butter knife. Only the 4 large teeth are made with polymer clay that you sculpt and than bake in the oven..fimo would also work. I then used acrylic paint to add more detail and color.

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        1. Tammy
          Tammy at |

          here is a wip of the back of the head so you can see what I mean when I say I left it open.

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    5. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      Tammy, your bear is really awesome. The teeth are amazing. That takes some talent and patience. Great.

      I’m trying to find something to criticize! but it is really nice. Thanks, again.

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  10. Cory
    Cory at |

    Hi Jonni and everyone!
    It has been a busy year. A while ago I promised to post pictures of my elongated African inspired mask series. Well here they are. They are all all made from oatmeal tubes, paper mache, plaster gauze, and acrylic paints. Other materials were added for details. This series went on display in February and March at two different cafe locations and two of the masks sold. The other 7 are currently on display in my classroom. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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    1. Cory
      Cory at |

      “Azure Venom” – Spikes are made from wooden dowels and skewers.

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    2. Cory
      Cory at |

      “Lava” I used paper mache clay and crumpled foil to create the rock texture.

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    3. Cory
      Cory at |

      “Patina Thoughts” Made with metal nuts and bolts as well as rivets.

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    4. Cory
      Cory at |

      “Prism”

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    5. Cory
      Cory at |

      “Solar Awakening”

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    6. Cory
      Cory at |

      “Spin Doctor”

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    7. Cory
      Cory at |

      “Stitch” The stitches are made from the body pieces of Q-tips.

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    8. Cory
      Cory at |

      “Tribal Ambiance”

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      1. Christine Majul
        Christine Majul at |

        Corey, these masks are spell binding and absolutely gorgeous. They are great works of art. The colors and design are the work of a master artist. thesebelong in a museum of modern art, this definitely qualifies.

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        1. Cory
          Cory at |

          Thank you Christine and Tammy. Each mask took anywhere between 15-20 hours, but it was well worth it. I forgot to mention that they are about 20 inches tall.

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      2. Tammy
        Tammy at |

        Absolutely Stunning!!!!

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      3. Rex Winn
        Rex Winn at |

        Cory, I agree with Christine. They belong in a museum. Every one of them is incredible and your imagination is crazy good. Thanks so much for showing them to us. I was excited to see them. You have some lucky pupils. Wow!

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        1. Cory
          Cory at |

          Thank you Rex and Lynn. I am glad you enjoy them.

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      4. Lynn
        Lynn at |

        The masks are wonderful! Love the colors and the creativity.

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  11. Susan
    Susan at |

    Jonni- I am doing a therapy project with clients called worry boxes and wanted to make them from paper mâché. I have collected a lot of different sized cardboard food boxes-(imagine a box that coffee kcups come in or even a box that twinkies came in-mostly thinner glossed cardboard.) my idea was to use the boxes as the skeleton to paper mâché over. Do you think that we would need to wrap the boxes in masking tape first to prevent the water from making them soggy? Any ideas? After the boxes and paper and paste dry I thought they could paint and embellish and then we can cut a hole in the box for them to write down their stresses and worries to give to God. ( also called “God boxes” but being a secular non- profit I changed to worry box! ) Thanj
    Is for your info so far- very helpful! Will try to post a pic of finished boxes! Thanks- Susan

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  12. Janet
    Janet at |

    Here is Petunia

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    1. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      Great job, Janet. I need to do a zebra piggy bank by December, and I love her attitude. This is a great inspiration in what is possible. Thanks.

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    2. Christine Majul
      Christine Majul at |

      Janet, we have waited a long time for Petunia to show and the wait was worth it. She is lovely and her contours are very graceful. she would be a great focal point to your outside garden.

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    3. Lynn
      Lynn at |

      She is wonderful. Like Joni I love the long graceful neck. I got myself some paverpol and want to try something with it. All I have tried so far is a paverpol bowl. So many project ideas and time is running out. Summer break is almost over. Just 10 more days and I will be back into school mode and getting ready for the beginning of school.

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  13. Karen Cullie
    Karen Cullie at |

    Alice in Wonderland Hookah Smoking Caterpillar. This is most recent Paper Mache piece. I used clay over strips. Stands 40 inches tall.

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    1. Christine Majul
      Christine Majul at |

      Karen, that is really a work of art and is so beautiful.

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    2. Jessica Gray
      Jessica Gray at |

      I loved the caterpillar! Love his face! Great work!

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    3. Tammy
      Tammy at |

      Oh Karen this is fabulous!! I love him and yes his face is awesome …the whole thing just looks great!!!Well done:)

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    4. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      Karen, I’ll try to leave a reply again. I love this work of art. I love the caterpillar and the hookah. What character on the face. Great job. And 40″ is no small feat. Thanks for showing us.

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  14. janet
    janet at |

    Hi Jonni,
    I really love your videos. I just watched your wild man video. It was so inspiring that I am going to have to give it a try. Thank you for being so generous with your sharing.
    I am going to try one more time to post petunia but I will call her P72.
    Does it make a difference that I have a Mac.

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  15. Eileen
    Eileen at |

    Here is another sculpture that I tried. I used lots of techniques to achieve the desired end. To start, I did a basic form for the armature. Then I soaked fabric in Plaster of Paris to get the robes to drape the way I wanted. I then used Jonni’s regular PM clay to layer over the plaster and do the head. I then used Jonni’s air dry clay to add another layer because I wanted it smooth. Several coats of gesso and lots of sanding went after that. Lastly, I used the Sculpt Neuveau bronze with the Tiffany green patina. I studied and watched Jonni’s video on finishing her ballerina bunny, over and over. Then tried it for the first time. I was nervous doing it as I was afraid I would ruin it and I wasn’t sure if you could paint over it. Anyway, I liked the end result- a lot. the only thing I did differently was that I dry brushed some of the bronze over the green patina. It was just a bit too green. I had a blast with this one. Thanks Jonni- I could never have done this without your tutorials!
    Oh- the inspiration for this was an icon in my church of St Basil. While it does not really look like him, I liked his form and wanted to try something like that. He is still named St Basil.

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    1. Nikki Lawing
      Nikki Lawing at |

      Wow, this is amazing…the folds look perfect :)

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  16. Eileen
    Eileen at |

    Ok, so this is Treeman, a mask made from recycled cardboard, and both of Jonni’s clays (different looks desired). As said before, I am branching out in doing different types of sculptures and not all animals. It is fun.

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    1. Christine Majul
      Christine Majul at |

      Eileen, treeman has much personality and really looks great as a wall hanging. He is beautiful.

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  17. Rex Winn
    Rex Winn at |

    Jonni, a neighbor today was sealing his cement. He has been a building contractor for 30 years. I told him about the problems sealing paper mache and then told him about Thin Set. He said he has added Elmer’s Glue to cement and it comes out very smooth and very strong. (He needed to do a 2″ grade in cement.) Just an idea, and I have no clue if it is of any use to you at all, but you never know.

    Working on my miniature great dane. I think I’ve met my match, but I am giving it a try! Thanks.

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  18. Nikki Lawing
    Nikki Lawing at |

    Hi Jonni, everyone! Glad everything is up and running again, I missed seeing the projects. I have been working on a giant sunflower and thought I would post about where I am on it. Actually, I’m a little further along than the picture I’m uploading but not by much. This is just the armature, made up of foil, wire, newspaper and masking tape. I’m starting to apply the paper mache smooth clay but we’re also moving at the same time, so I am trying to finish it before that happens! :D

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  19. Tammy
    Tammy at |

    HI Jonni I just wanted to say that I love your blog so much. I was trying to get to it when you were fixing it (I do this at least once a day, or try anyway) All I can say is my heart stopped when I kept getting error messages. I am so glad your back up and running I missed you and your readers :) I know you put a lot of work into your blog and it is much appreciated so again thank you so much Jonni for all your hard work, dedication generous info and for just being you!!!!!!!

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  20. Eileen
    Eileen at |

    Trying again to upload the image.
    Also, when I try to go to the homepage, I get a page saying welcome to Site5. Hmmm……

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  21. Eileen
    Eileen at |

    Well, the image did not come up- I got 5 warning messages after posting. It is not too big, 47.3 KB. width 4″, length 5.33″. It should be good. Also, I can not access the home page…Are you perhaps working on the site? I will try again later.

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  22. Eileen
    Eileen at |

    Hi all- I have not posted in a while but not because I have not been sculpting! Daughter’s wedding coming up, blah, blah, blah, life, blah, blah, blah. Anyway you get the message. This first is a wall mask made from the recycled cardboard and some of each of Jonni’s clays. No pun intended, but I am branching out. I call him Treeman.

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  23. Sabina Chorley
    Sabina Chorley at |

    I couldn’t figure out how to show my first project to you.This is my Snow Cone.I love your work and your tutorials have been great instruction and inspiration.

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    1. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      Sabina, that is a really great snow cone. It so so smooth. What is your secret! Love the color and everything. Thanks.

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      1. Sabina Chorley
        Sabina Chorley at |

        TY Rex It is my 1st project. I took Jonni’s advice and smoothed out the cone with joint compound. The color is the red construction paper I had on hand with a lot of polyurethane to finish.

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  24. Michele
    Michele at |

    Hello Jonni and friends,

    I have been really happy of all the nice comments you wrote about my giraffe and I want to thank you all. I thought it would be nice to give you an update and put my word about rain and paper mache. As I told you, my giraffe was cover with 4 layers of marine varnish and was put outside under a sun sail. But we had a big rain a few days after I took her out. While the sun sail protected most of it, the tail and one leg has received a lot of water and got spoiled. I did a repair last weekend and now she stand again. But for sure, I have to explore some more before making another sculpture to go outside.

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  25. janet
    janet at |

    I am going to try again to post Petunia. She is done in Paverpol.

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  26. sphoorthi
    sphoorthi at |

    Madam,
    My question is if that blue paper is not available than what can be used as substitute? secondly, will the mask be light in weight and break proof?

    Best

    Sphoorthi

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  27. sphoorthi
    sphoorthi at |

    Hi Jonni Good Madam,

    I have a question to ask about the mask
    In your second video of How to make a Pantalone, you have used used a blue coloured paper that is available in hardware shops. Can you please telling me the name of the paper.

    Best

    Sphoorthi

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  28. Dodie Clark
    Dodie Clark at |

    I want people to see how much you can do with paper mache. It is fun and very cheap to work with it. My daughter lost a basenji that she loved so much. I had already made her a paper mache basenji dog. I decided to try to paint her. She loved the painting.

    I think that any book Jonni does will fly off the shelves.

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  29. Ginny Luttrell
    Ginny Luttrell at |

    Here’s the start of my famous racehorse series. I’ve finished these 3 and started on the Triple Crown Winners :-) Love your paper mache clay Jonni!

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