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. Brandin Morris
    Brandin Morris at |

    While my horse was drying I decided to make up some more clay and try to do the head of a pug.

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    1. Brandin Morris
      Brandin Morris at |

      My pug was made by forming a ball with newspaper then tape then foil then more tape then clay :)

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  2. Brandin Morris
    Brandin Morris at |

    I have been watching all your great videos over and over again for the last few months and decided I would try my hand at your paper mache clay and see what I could model with it. My first project was a Horse I am waiting for clay to fully harden then I will add some more detail and paint.

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    1. Brandin Morris
      Brandin Morris at |

      Wanted to add I used your smooth paper mache clay mix. The Horse has a wire frame I made from some livestock fence wire I cut into a long single piece. I wrapped aluminum foil around the wire to help get the basic shape I wanted and some tape to stick the clay to. The tools I used was a butter knife, a paintbrush, and my fingers. :) To make the clay I just used a 1/2 cup to measure all ingredients. Thanks for the instructions and all the great videos.

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  3. Soul
    Soul at |

    Still not fully finished but getting to look more like it with a first full color layer on it :D

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    1. Christine Majul
      Christine Majul at |

      Soul, this calf is coming up swimmingly. Now I am really looking forward to the finished product. I want to know how the movable parts do.

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      1. Soul
        Soul at |

        Christine if you click on my name it will take you to the album that has all the details also about the movable parts.
        You need to click the photo’s in there to read the description.
        If you have any questions about it feel free to ask.

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  4. Eileen
    Eileen at |

    Hi all! I haven’t posted in so long but am still totally addicted to paper mache. This is a piece I did with Jonni’s smooth clay then used the Sculpt Neauveau bronze coating with tiffany green patina- much like the technique Jonni used for her raven. It was fun to experiment with and I like the look of the bronze.
    I am finishing several projects and will post when they get their bases and such. I love this site and love seeing all of your fabulous work.

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    1. Eileen
      Eileen at |

      oops- forgot the picture

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      1. Eileen
        Eileen at |

        try again

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        1. Eileen
          Eileen at |

          and again

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          1. Christine Majul
            Christine Majul at |

            Eileen, these look like real bronze and only by Admission we know it is paper mache. These are gorgeous. I can’t wait for your next project.

          2. Cherie
            Cherie at |

            That is lovely. I have only just checked out the daily sculptor page and am in awe

  5. Lynn
    Lynn at |

    Haven’t been creating with paper mache lately but still working with paper. Thought I would share my latest project. The face is polymer clay and the flowers are paper. I am going to make another but do the face in paper mache. Less expensive and no baking! Also no change of cracking which is the problem I have when I try to do larger polymer clay projects. This piece is 12×12

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    1. Lynn
      Lynn at |

      third time the charm.

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      1. Lynn
        Lynn at |

        maybe 4th? :)

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        1. Eileen
          Eileen at |

          It was worth the wait Lynn, nice work. I have a similar project going, it is 3 mardi gras type masks done in paper mache (Jonni’s smooth clay), then onto a paper mache background. I will post when it is finished….I’m still waiting to make certain the background is dry. I went a bit thicker than normal. Anyway, very pretty mask and flowers.

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  6. Bruce Barrett
    Bruce Barrett at |

    I wanted to share a photo of some work I did 10 years ago. I hadn’t touched papier mache between then and 1966 when it was being done in art class, 4th grade. I was challenged by some friends to pick it back up when I came across Enchanted Forest theme park that was closed and abandoned in Ellicot City, Md. in 2002!
    The Capt Hook, Crock & Pan idea came from a flat poster and scene from the Disney movie. I had no clue what approach to make, but went into it anyways! 3/8″ steel rods support it, screen mesh covers the rods, and the mache mix itself w/o newspaper (as I said, I didn’t know!). I was interested in bringing out the complete details and action!
    Hope you like it!
    Bruce Barrett

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  7. Bruce Barrett
    Bruce Barrett at |

    Creating these items is fun and fine! Where do I find a buying audience which is my intention?

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  8. Eva Chikabadwa
    Eva Chikabadwa at |

    I made this baobab tree using Paper Mache clay that I thought I discovered through experimentation. I did not know that others are already using paper mash clay with advanced techniques.

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  9. Soul
    Soul at |

    Update on the paper mache calf with movable joints that I am working on.

    It may not look all that different but a few things have been going on. I put some stabilizers between the hindlegs and body. And made hoofs with grip soles that still have to be put together but it STANDS!!! On it’s own. Always so exciting when that happens! And I’m sure I’m gonna struggle when it loses balance again in building up but that’s ok. Every victory is worth celebrating!

    For those interested to follow and see the building up, clicking my name in this post will take you to the album and clicking the photo’s in there will give you the description as well.

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    1. Soul
      Soul at |

      Started shaping up a bit. So far the posibilities it has in being posable don’t disappoint me at all.

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      1. Soul
        Soul at |

        And here it is with a first layer on the face.

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        1. Soul
          Soul at |

          Eyes made of old glass decoration marbles. They where light blue so I ‘painted’ them with a red permanentmarker.

          Bats eyelashes. A tryout with the lids of a walnut container on the right eye.

          The kneecaps are made out of ginger containers that are triangular with rounded corners and will be made detachable so that the joint screws will stay accessable. I will probably make legwarmer type of things for the standing position.

          The ears are made of small fruit juice bottle halves.

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          1. Soul
            Soul at |

            And a first basic color layer on the face. Somehow newspaper print makes me restless :p

          2. Soul
            Soul at |

            Haha Jonni, you gave me an idea there. The eyelashes can’t actually move, maybe next time.

            But the head can move all directions. Left right up down and tilt.

            The frontlegs knees kan move and the legs can move back and forth so it can lie down and stand up.

            And yes I will be making a movie. I always wanted to try stop motion and finally got an app for that yesterday for my phone so will be making a stop motion of the calf too when it is ready.

          3. Soul
            Soul at |

            Just a small update starting to put some color layer on the back.

          4. Rex Winn
            Rex Winn at |

            Soul, it is amazing what you have accomplished. I can’t wait to see it finished. The movable parts are very creative. Thanks for showing us all this.

          5. Soul
            Soul at |

            Thanks Rex, neither can I :) I get a bit restless when it’s starting to shape up more. Just want to get it over and done with and play with the stop motion app to see what I can do with that. A few more steps to go though. Will be fun to play around with. I’m seeing a little dancing calf in neon sweat bands and legwarmers in front of me :p

            For now it will have to do with the brown knee warmers I made for it though. I only work with what I already have around the house, I don’t buy materials.

            This one is by the way also colored with brown paper bags and yellowed paper from the ’80s.

  10. Diane
    Diane at |

    I have been following your pages for a few years now and gave picked up so many hints and tips, you do a great job Jonni. I thought I would share my Christmas scenes I made with the smoother paper clay recipe.

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  11. odera meshack
    odera meshack at |

    My first sculpture!

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  12. Soul
    Soul at |

    I haven’t been very daily lately but here is an update on the Paper Mache Calf with movable joints that I’m working on.

    I am working on the head right now and real happy that with using the old lampshade I AM able to postion it up, down and all the way to the right.

    I’ll probably have to reposition the head a bit more but will find out soon enough when building up the head shape.

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    1. Soul
      Soul at |

      Hmmmm again an error on the image uploading. Seems the image was to big after all, though a screenshot. Should have saved it as jpg instead of png I guess…

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      1. Rex Winn
        Rex Winn at |

        Soul, I love all your creations. You are crazy! but I can’t wait to see how it turns out. You certainly think outside the box. Thanks.

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    2. Soul
      Soul at |

      It all starts with an idea, don’t limit yourself thinking if it will be possible and if you will have the material. It most probably will and the material we already have often holds all the answers we need if we know what we want. Won’t say it’s easy but it’s POSSIBLE. You just have to find out how!

      A win never quits, a quit never wins ;)

      Thanks Rex, crazy about the right things :D

      Here is an update with almost everything in place and functioning, but wobbly on it’s feet still so need to stabilize it whilst building up.

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  13. Dodie Clark
    Dodie Clark at |

    It is great to see all the work that has been done. I had to make doll clothes for my great granddaughters. I started in October and just barely got them done in December. My display was moved to January. I will start paper mache in February.

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    1. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      Dodie, you ought to be very proud of yourself. Wonderful. Thanks for showing us and for the inspiration.

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    2. Dodie Clark
      Dodie Clark at |

      I was very please that our library ask to if I would add animal abuse to my display. I was very pleased to do it. I have 5 rescues my self.

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  14. Maure Bausch
    Maure Bausch at |

    Hi Jonni,
    I just wanted to share my latest creation, an English Professor Rabbit, I can’t tell you how much I enjoy working in this medium, one thing is that it’s such an affordable medium, and with the right structure, size is no problem. Just saying I’m loving it.
    Thanks,
    Maure

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  15. odera meshack
    odera meshack at |

    what a lovely idea…. I would like to join but Am worried about my production rate.One sculpture a week..I’m I welcomed?

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  16. Eileen
    Eileen at |

    Hi all!
    Does anyone know if either of the paper mache clays can be applied directly onto wood? I am mounting a piece on to a paper mache mount but thought I would put a strip of wood on the back side in order to place a sturdy hanger on the back. I was thinking of covering the wood with paper mache but was unsure on how to proceed. Thanks.

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  17. Arlex Gruber
    Arlex Gruber at |

    Dear Jonni, I am so happy to have found your page. It is amazing! Thanks for the tips, the comments. the help. I am already your fan number one.

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  18. Robert Lee
    Robert Lee at |

    Hi Jonni, just wanted to say your website has been a real inspiration for me. I’m getting back into papier mache after a very long absense. Thanks for posting your various recipes too. Amazing site.

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  19. Rex Winn
    Rex Winn at |

    Finally, Pegasus is finished and delivered! Galaxies are more challenging to paint than zebra stripes!

    Happy New Year, everyone.

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  20. Nikki Lawing
    Nikki Lawing at |

    Hi Everyone!

    I just wanted to wish you all a very Happy New Year! Happy sculpting! :D :D

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  21. Esther Douglas
    Esther Douglas at |

    SO. I ve just decided to start sculpting after taking a break for the holidays. Will start tomorrow. will let you all know how I make out. Also have to make bread for a party so wiull see how good my time management is. Maybe Ill just sculpt the bread ;D we’ll see. Thanks for having this . found you on pintrest.

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  22. Nancy Coffelt
    Nancy Coffelt at |

    Since the raven head was so simple I used some copper nails to give it some pizzazz. :)

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  23. Nancy Coffelt
    Nancy Coffelt at |

    The pig with her Aloha flower–also in copper.

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  24. Nancy Coffelt
    Nancy Coffelt at |

    A close up of the zebra. I had some scrap copper sheets and wire I’ve been incorporating into the pieces.

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    1. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      Nancy, I love your work. The zebra is awesome. I have a little copper wire but never thought of putting it OUTSIDE of a piece. Great work. Thanks.

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  25. Nancy Coffelt
    Nancy Coffelt at |

    A close up of the elephant. I had a lot of fun with the Van Gogh mosaic paintings on the ears.

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  26. Nancy Coffelt
    Nancy Coffelt at |

    I’m making progress on my trophy mounts. I love my studio in the old White House Building on Main Street in Baker City and one of my favorite things is the old heating grate. I use a metal plant hanger turned upside down as a drying rack. Things dry fast! In fact, someone put their snow boots to dry on it and it melted the soles.

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  27. Maure Bausch
    Maure Bausch at |

    Hi Jonni,
    I’ve been meaning to post for awhile, however I get all excited creating, and computer time is low on the list. I started with the paper clay this summer and enjoy it very much, I see that a lot of others like to make the surfaces as smooth as can be, I like texture so I go the other way. so here’s one of my pieces.

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    1. Christine Majul
      Christine Majul at |

      Maure, I agree with Jonni, this pooch is adorable.

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    2. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      Maure, I love your dog. The texture is wonderful. Maybe I need to “let go!” Really nice.

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      1. Maure Bausch
        Maure Bausch at |

        Hi Rex,
        Thank you, letting go can be fun, I learned that with watercolor and with alcohol inks, challenging mediums, you try and control, but going with the flow is better.

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  28. Carol
    Carol at |

    Hi Jonni. Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing your plasticizer and quickwall technique. I am just starting, my first project has been the obligatory angel wings cement mold, but they turned out smooth as can be, and with great detail using your techniques, and the same plasticizer you used. I used an eye dropper to add very small amounts at a time. My mold-making is going badly, so next I need to get the same smooth-on rebound 25 that you used. It is so kind of you to give all this terrific information away to help clueless people like me! You are wonderful, thanks again.

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  29. Rebecca Beale
    Rebecca Beale at |

    I have finally finished my first sculpture, hope you guys like it :)

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    1. Christine Majul
      Christine Majul at |

      Hi Rebecca, I know I do. For a first sculpture this is really well made and I love the expression on your fox’s face. I can’t wait to see your next project.

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      1. Rebecca Beale
        Rebecca Beale at |

        Aw thank you! I am currently working on a Phoenix that I should hopefully have done in a few weeks and I will be sure to post a picture!

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  30. Rex Winn
    Rex Winn at |

    I also finished a chicken for a brother. He loves chickens and when a child had one that was allowed in the house. Tweety, of course. He roamed the house, pecking, but never made a mess!

    Merry Christmas, everyone.

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  31. Rex Winn
    Rex Winn at |

    Here is my latest flower. I like it a bit better than the last one.

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    1. Rex Winn
      Rex Winn at |

      Also, here is a side view.

      Jonni, I forgot to add that I after a thin layer of paper mache over all the cardboard, I do add paper to make the flower pop out.

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  32. Rex Winn
    Rex Winn at |

    Here is my latest. I’m not too happy with the flower, but it had to end somewhere.

    I am getting ready to make some birds. I am asking for any advice on how to do the feet.

    Thanks, everyone. I love this site. What a great group of people.

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    1. Eileen
      Eileen at |

      Rex, you are way too hard on your own abilities. Your flower is lovely. What is the rest of the piece? Is it paper mache, or a painting? As far as the requested advice on bird feet, it really depends on the type of bird you are doing. A songbird can be done with wire and regular paper mache strips, a heron will probably need rebar or twisted coat hangers to hold the bird up. What bird were you thinking of?

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      1. Rex Winn
        Rex Winn at |

        Eileen and Christine, thanks very much. It is a “bas relief” paper mache flower. I am doing another one and will post when it is finished. Next time I ought to do a “side” view!

        I want to do songbirds that are normal size, that is, probably 4″ to 9″. I haven’t had the best of luck with feet on birds. They seem to crack way too often. I hadn’t thought of wire with paper mache strips. (Silly me!) Later on I want to do a heron, but I need practice first.

        How do you connect the feet to the body? That is another issue for me because it doesn’t look pretty on the inside.

        Thanks so much.

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    2. Christine Majul
      Christine Majul at |

      Rex, that is a gorgeous flower. I agree with Eileen, you are to hard on your self.

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  33. Gisela Sylviadotter
    Gisela Sylviadotter at |

    Hi Jonni and all other paper maché friends!

    I call my angels of peace angels.

    I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Best regards from Sweden
    Gisela

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  34. JENNY
    JENNY at |

    Hi Jonni,
    My Names Jenny, i have been wanting to make a herron Bird for my Garden out of paper mache but havent been able to find any dettails on how i would do this … so if you could steer me in the right direction that would be very helpful… or give me some details on how to do this that would be really great…. also id like to make a big pear… i have made a wire shape but not sure on what i could put inthe middle of it to help form the shape…. then on the outside id like to papermache it aswel…. U are very talented have been following your site for sometime now… love everything You have made… Thank you i really hope you can help me ….regards Jenny ps i live in Australia

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