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  1. Melissa Greene
    Melissa Greene at |

    Jonni,
    I am decorating a large stage for our church Vacation Bible School. I want to make a large camel like this one. I have a few questions maybe you can answer. Do you know the deminsions of this camel and how much it weighed? I would love the pattern or measurements if they have any of those. I will be attempting a few aminals for the stage. What are your thoughts on keeping the weight of the animals down because I need the scale of them to be rather large? Children will not be climbing on them (at least I pray not).
    Thank you,
    Melissa

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  2. Lil
    Lil at |

    Wonderful display. I’m so impressed. Thank you for sharing!!

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  3. Carol Phillips
    Carol Phillips at |

    Love the sheep, would it be possible to have instructions please?

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  4. Carol Phillips
    Carol Phillips at |

    Is it possible to have instructions for making the white sheep please? Very impressed!

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  5. Kelly Hebert
    Kelly Hebert at |

    Hi would you be able to give the pattern you followed to make te camel out of the wood? I’m working on our church nativity scene and this would be perfect for it.

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  6. Jenna
    Jenna at |

    Would LOVE to see step by step photos and instructions on how to make the donkey and the sheep.

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    1. Ann
      Ann at |

      If you want to email Jonni, she can forward it to me and I will correspond with you via email, since the answer to your request will take a bit of space.
      Ann

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  7. Sam Cortese
    Sam Cortese at |

    Hello Ann, great stuff. I have a question. 90 to 100
    years ago hollow statues came from Italy. I was
    called to a church to repair one of these. I was
    blown away with the beauty of it. I looked at it
    under a magnifier. It was hollow and made to be
    carried on streets. What did they use to make
    them…………any history would be helpful…
    Thanks Sam

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    1. Ann
      Ann at |

      Hi Sam,
      I have no idea about the statues you were asking about! I’m definitely an amateur on the subject of paper mache, although I would wonder if those statues were made of something like paper mache just for the weight and ease of transport. Maybe Jonni would have additional info…

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  8. Seva Tudose
    Seva Tudose at |

    Dear Ann Halim,
    If, I want to buy All Nativity display,please how much would be ?

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    1. Ann
      Ann at |

      I’m sorry that I haven’t checked this site for probably a year. Because of some weddings in the narthex of our church (where the Nativity was displayed), we didn’t set up the scene last Christmas. Needless to say, there was quite a bit of complaining, so it will go up this year! Seva, I’m sorry that the display is not for sale, although I have thought it would be several thousand dollars if we actually wanted to sell it. It was an immense investment of time and talent by so many people.

      This year we are thinking about adding a Lion (representative of Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah). Time to get started on it…which brought me back to my favorite paper mache site to look for a lion model. Thanks Jonni, for inspiration in your concrete lion head model. You are amazing with sculpting!

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  9. Laura
    Laura at |

    Hi,

    I would like to make a paper mache head for a snowman costume. This is for my daughters school so it has to be durable and fit an adult size head. Do you think I should use a large balloon? Should I sculpt a carrot nose with the clay recipe? Any advise will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!
    Laura

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  10. nancy wall
    nancy wall at |

    wow! great job!
    What’s your next project?

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    1. Ann
      Ann at |

      Thanks Nancy…
      hhmmm…still thinking about the next project. I have a little clay left so if it doesn’t spoil I might make a (small) elephant…:)

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  11. Carole
    Carole at |

    Wow!!! Truly a labour of love! This is just awesome!

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    1. Ann
      Ann at |

      Thanks to all of you for your kind, encouraging words. I’m so glad you like the Nativity. It was kind of like giving birth…well, I guess it WAS a snapshot of a birth. :)

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  12. debbie
    debbie at |

    This is awesome! OMG! I can’t get over it! I don’t believe I would ever again call myself an artist at heart because this my friend is ART. Thanks for sharing. I’m encouraged.

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  13. Al Kray
    Al Kray at |

    wow!!!!! really really beautiful! i love the way you arranged things, and like jonni said, the way the sheep is looking up, it feels like a snapshot in time!!! super amazing!

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  14. Jan J.
    Jan J. at |

    Wow this is just a gorgeous set Ann! I am so inspired that without artistic training you took on such a challenging project and just look how beautiful it is! I am going to endeavor to be braver – fear of failure holds me back so often. I know it’s just a small part of it, but I just love the dove! The sheep are amazing too – it all is! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  15. jt
    jt at |

    I had encountered this on a recent search for paper mache nativity scenes and was totally awed. Words cannot adequately describe the magnitude of the vision and the impressive finished product. Fantastic! I am certain that all involved will receive a true blessing.

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  16. patch
    patch at |

    Wow, I’m almost speechless (I don’t think I’m ever totally speechless)! I’m wondering exactly how long all of this took, and is there an estimate of how much papier mache Jonnie Clay was involved? I’m amazed that Ann flinched over a couple of people, since she wasn’t too worried about taking on a dromedary! Quite a project — I too was impressed with the sheep, but then, the whole thing just about blew me away!
    patch

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    1. Ann
      Ann at |

      Thanks for your kind words. We worked on the project about 5 months – of course, most focused the last couple of months. The camel took 5 weeks. I think I made 5 or 6 gallons of mache-clay.

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  17. Sharon M
    Sharon M at |

    Very nice Ann!

    Thank you for posting such a large, impressive, first time paper mache project for you, here on Jonni’s site for all of us to see.

    Huge endeavor and it looks amazing.

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