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  1. Davey
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    Hi Jonni. Just to add, your orangutang mask seems to be 3 layers of paper thick, and you seemed to have added gesso after removing it from the armature, so it seems to be a similar situation. Did that soften at all when you added the gesso?

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  2. Davey
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    Hi. Help needed!!! Love the masks. I’ve had a go at making one myself over a clay sculpture covered in plastic wrap. I used the newspaper and flour mix to try it out. I applied about four layers of paper. When dry, the mache was fantastic and really hard. I wanted a smooth finish, and I saw somewhere on the site a suggestion of coating the surface with a mixture of joint compound, pva and white acrylic. I did this and it was looking good. After a couple of minutes the mache started to go a bit soggy and curl up and all my hard work was dissolving away! Should I have coated the mache in PVA first to seal it? Any advice as to what I’ve done wrong?

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  3. Lori
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    Hi Jonni,
    The jack o lantern is 7″inches high, not including the handle. I made the handle from a wire hanger and used a demel to cut the eyes and mouth, then used brown paper–can also use a paper grocery bag for the inserts. The original paper mache ones cost way too much and this is a fun alternative! Lori

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  4. Lori
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    This is the doll together

    Paper Mache Doll

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  5. Lori
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    This is the German bisque head candy container

    Bisque Head Candy Container

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  6. Lori
    Lori at |

    Hi Jonni,
    I am dropping you a quick email to thank you for posting your recipe for the paper mache clay. It works very well. I just started working with paper mache, and I tried the traditional before, but your recipe is very strong. I made up a antique style jack o lantern with the traditional balloon, and a antique style doll candy container–I used a antique doll head, and tubing, with your paste, and she came out pretty good for a first time. They used to make candy containers like this in Germany at the turn of the century. Thanks again, Lori –I will send you a couple pics!

    Paper Mache Pumpkin Candy Holder

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