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  1. reo
    reo at |

    i made this on but its still need some painting, I put magnet on it to put it on the fridge

  2. CreativeOne
    CreativeOne at |

    Jonni, thanks so much for sharing, what did you use for the eye?

  3. Ann Thompson
    Ann Thompson at |

    I see a lot of happy people used your tutorial, and I wanted to show you mine! I was worried, when I made my clay it was very stiff, more like Play dough than your creamy mixture. But it was so much fun to work with, I gave it a go anyway and am I glad I did!

  4. Nannette Evans
    Nannette Evans at |

    Tried this before but having technology issues…. thanks so much for the information and inspiration! My 10 year old son and I are having a great time!

  5. Nannette Evans
    Nannette Evans at |

    I happened upon one of your paper mâché recipes a few days ago on Pinterest. I’ve been working my way around your site in bits and snatches and I find it very inspiring! I did some paper mâché a long time ago, but with the ideas you have shared think that I would like it better. I wanted to make some kind of bird for our tree this year and had not settled to anything so finding your Hummer was just perfect! My 10 year old son and I had a lovely afternoon yesterday working on our birds. I must confess to being very slow and it took ages and I’d only finished 5 armatures. Later I thought I’d try to do one more before bed and digressed(if you can see the little round bird, the dog and the snowman….oh yeah and some butterflies….) this morning though I hit on a technique that made the hummingbird go faster for me that is to sort of mold the sides in my hands first then sandwich them around the paper body shape and wrap them with a little sheet of foil, then I did the head the same way! I got them down to 15 minutes doing this and was much relieved! I was thinking I might not make my goal of 10! So ready for the next step- now
    I’m just hoping I can do it! Thanks so much for your generous sharing of technique and experience! Thanks to you we’ll have a great memory!

  6. Dagmar Krings
    Dagmar Krings at |

    Dear Jonni,
    I have recently found your videos on youtube and I’m amazed at how many creative ideas you have. Because first you must get it! Simply incredible and beautiful. This is a real inspiration to me. I am now off for two years, figures from cardboard into 3D nachzugestalten.Es is a constant development times … it goes faster and sometimes it just takes some time. I’m just as long on the search for a cardboard recipe and now I have found it on your page. I was very happy about it. Now I am just going to try this and see how far I get. Thank you that you exist and let others have participated.

    Greetings from Germany / Hamburg sends you

    daggi Krings

  7. Angela
    Angela at |

    I am trying to make a PM bird body and going to put feathers, sequence, etc. I have a model to follow. It is really just the shape of a small robin. I found it at a second hand store and it is beautiful and want to make them to give as gifts. What type of PM recipe would you recommend and what form? I was considering using styrofoam balls or even masking tape, but I am in the experimental phases and am looking for expert advice. Also, not sure what type of recipe to use to create a smooth and textered surface? After reading your site, it appears I can use really any kind of acrylic paint I would like to achieve whatever look I want.

  8. Melodie Floyd
    Melodie Floyd at |

    I am preparing lessons for making Paper Mache birds and I found your tutorial. I have searched for several days and I am so happy to have found your website. Your work is unlike any Paper Mache I have seen before and it is absolutely beautiful! Your tutorials will help me to provide my students with instructions for finishing our beautiful birds tomorrow!
    Thanks Kindly, Melodie Floyd

  9. Sherri
    Sherri at |

    Hi Ms. Jonni:

    I am wondering what the quickest way is to dry a bowl that I made using a real bowl for a form. I am anxious to begin painting it, but it just doesnt seem to want to dry. We live in north Florida and it is very humid here. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! And, thank you for the inspiration!

  10. Chris
    Chris at |

    Hi Jonnie, thanks so much for doing this bird, it got me inspired to do some art work, nothing had been working, all my mojo had gone and this was just what i needed to get motivated.
    They did look much better in person than they do in the pic, they owls did look quite good, but just could not get a pic that did not make their eyes look weird. I made heaps of the Blue Wrens for my family for xmas (we make instead of buy).
    I hope 2013 is everyone wants it to be.

  11. Alyson
    Alyson at |

    I can’t wait to make a few of these little guys. They are adorable!

  12. Chris Salek
    Chris Salek at |

    Just finished painting my hummingbird-now I am working on a lab puppy bank. Downloaded your book on my kindle-thanks for all your information and papermache clay (I made the original because I didn’t have the powder clay)

  13. Jane
    Jane at |

    Hi Jonni:

    I have had fun this week making the hummingbird. Thanks for the inspiration.

    I need advice as my paper clay always turns out very rough. I don’t want to sand it as I have a lung disease and need to avoid dust. I did cover it with quite thick Gesso but it is not as smooth as I would have preferred. Do you have any tips for me?

  14. Dagny
    Dagny at |

    Hi Jonni,
    Here’s my hummingbird–pre paper mache clay. I’ve never made these little armatures before, but your tutorial on how to make them was fun and easy to follow. I’ll send you a pic when he’s done…and I’ll fill you in on my adventures on finding the closest thing to joint compound in Yerevan, Armenia. Cheers! D.

  15. Melissa Kojima
    Melissa Kojima at |

    Wow. This is great, Jonni. Thanks for sharing how you did it. What a great holiday ornament idea.

  16. robbie
    robbie at |

    the last comment in parentheses were to indicate that three of the flowers were actually glass. I shad salvaged them from a damaged feeder I had from the previous season. sorry

  17. robbie
    robbie at |

    Gladly. the trumpet-shaped flowers are formed by taking a square of aluminun foil, folding diagonally to form a triangle, repeat by folding that triangle in half again. As you bring the two approaching edges together, crimp the two edges together to form a cone. The aluminum cone is malleable enough to shape into the desired shape. I then used the paper clay mixture to apply two thin coats (on the inside & outside) to form my paintable surface. The leaves were also made using aluminun foil as my armiture; I thread, then twist, tie-wire through the base of the leaf (leaving two ends that I can then twist around the heavy wire stems to form my branching) and apply paper clay as I did for the flowers.

    (they are actually glass from a salvaged hummingbird feeder that had broken)

  18. Bwana Foster
    Bwana Foster at |

    Hi Jonni,
    It seems like ages since I checked out your site, but now I’m back form the bush I will have to get sculpting again! Love the humming bird tutorial its give me lots of ideas-keep up the good work and thanks again for a great site-always inspiring!

  19. robbie mueller
    robbie mueller at |

    I just recently finished a piece that utilized the same techniques you discussed in this post. I used almost the identical pieces that you highlighted (only on a larger scale). What a great idea you pose for a uniquely decorated tree; all hummers would be very impressive. Thank you for the continued motivation you provide to so many of us out here as we seek to use paper mache’ to create. Thanks again for sharing your wealth of knowledge & experinces!

  20. Mary Anne
    Mary Anne at |

    Thanks so much for your charming tutorial, hummingbirds are so sweet, even when they are chasing each other. However when I was a little girl I found 2 that had fought so hard they had pierced each other and apparently died from this, so sad, can still remember crying and telling my Mom, some 56 years ago!!

  21. Jan J.
    Jan J. at |

    Wow that is so neat! Thanks so much for the tutorial – gave me so many ideas of birds I want to make just knowing the method. You are so generous with your talent.

  22. Jim
    Jim at |

    You are truely an inspiration to this world, a Blessing and I enjoy your posts, your site so very much. I love the idea’s you have and how you show each step along the way. Thanks for all you do…..JIM

  23. Christine
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  24. OmaLinda
    OmaLinda at |

    This is such a serendepitous posting…..I just found your Paper Mache formula on pinterest today. The reason I was looking for said clay was because I have a desire to make a hummingbirds head onto a pinecone as body and pine needles as wings. And here you have a hummingbird ornament…..right here tonight. Not even 4 hours after I found you. Now that is not just an “oops we bumped into one another”. That’s fate. How fun it that?????
    Oma Linda


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