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  1. Indian Rhino, Plaster Cloth over Wet Clay Experiment | Ultimate Paper Mache

    […] recently reminded me about my Santa mask, which was made in a similar way. For Santa, I used paper mache clay directly over the pottery clay […]

  2. Bobbie
    Bobbie at |

    I like the santa you did, it looks really good. I got your recipe for Paper Mache Clay from your site, and I made a mask of my own. I believe I missed a step though, because i didn’t put anything over the foam Mannequin head i was using to form it. Will it come off easily or do I am i going to possibly break the Mask when i attempt to remove it?

  3. Diane
    Diane at |

    Jonni I love your art, thanks for sharing your techniques! I just finished my first large paper mache project and I will utilize some of your tips in my future projects.

    My husband built the wood armature then I shaped chicken wire around it and used pre-paste gauze strips. I had a lot of left-over heads ( I make angel head wall-hangings) that came out funny shaped so I used them on this tree. I used acrylic paints as well as antiquing medium, moss from the dollar store and foliage arranged in Styrofoam from the craft store (could have made my own but..)

    In the future I’d like to make outdoor items but am afraid the elements will hurt them, where do I buy the marine poly coating? And is that sufficient for something that will be attached to a building?

    Thanks for sharing, here’s a photo of “ANCESTREE”

  4. Shirley
    Shirley at |

    Thanks Jonni
    I am quite proud if it….I have to say…Ha!
    No he won’t be going outside….I did hear you say on one of your videos that if it was to go outside that I could use marine varnish to protect him…..so thanks for that advice…..I want to make a mother black bear with her 2 cubs some day so I probably will be using the marine varnish then…….I just wish I had more time to work on these but my dog is alone all day while I’m at work so we spend most of the evenings and days off outside chewing treats…lol…..I’ll be able to start my bear wooden frames outside while he chew’s away!!!….My neighbour has a Shih tzu and wants me to make a paper masher “Kiwi”…..she is having him sheared and saving the fur…..!!!…Not sure what I got myself into this time……lol….here’s a pic of what my donkey looked like febore I painted him……I liked it better that way but the donkey that carried Jesus was grey so this one had to be grey!!!

  5. Shirley
    Shirley at |

    Hi Jonni
    I wasn’t too sure where to post this and don’t know if you even remember me but here’s a pic of my first PM project that you wanted to see once it was finished……the lady I made it for is quite delighted with it…..I said I would make her a lifesize Camel next summer for her Nativity Scene…..she almost dropped to her knees…..Ha!!!

  6. Santa (and Snowstorm) Are Done
    Santa (and Snowstorm) Are Done at |

    […] If you didn’t see the first post, where I showed the process of making a simple form and then covering it with paper mache clay, you can find it here. […]

  7. Alicia
    Alicia at |

    Love your stuff! I’ve been a multimedia crafter for ever, have made some piñata with paper mâché , but your clay sounds great to work with, much lighter to work with than clay I use for pottery too! I have to try it soon! Can’t wait to see Santa when you finish him! Stay warm!

  8. Jenner
    Jenner at |

    I am so inspired by your website and all of your creations! My son and I are under the weather today with colds, but still have enough energy to “do something”. I didn’t realize you could use tools to make details (like in Santa’s beard) until I saw this. Your PM clay is amazing!

    We’d been to your site before so we came back to get inspired and as soon as I’m done typing this, we’re off to PM land! My son wanted me to attach a picture of the very first thing we made out of PM a few years ago. Not a lot of detail, but more than just a big circle. As soon as I feel better I will go get the necessary items to make your PM clay. The possibilities will be endless. Thank you for sharing your talent with the rest of us.

  9. Kat the hat lady
    Kat the hat lady at |

    Wow he is wonderful, what a fab face!

  10. debbie
    debbie at |

    Awww! i love y our Santa. I can’t wait to see how he finishes up. Good luck in the snow. Wish it would cool off here in Sunny Florida. Muggy, wet and HOT!

  11. Jonni
    Jonni at |

    Thanks, everyone.

  12. Jan J.
    Jan J. at |

    Wow, this is really GOOD! Loved seeing your process and amazed that from that rough clay foundation comes this wonderful neat face.

  13. Skwirl
    Skwirl at |

    HE IS BEAUTIFUL!!! I love it!!!!

  14. Melissa Kojima
    Melissa Kojima at |

    Oh, he’s awesome. I love all the texture in the beard and mustache. It sounds so cozy to be at home with a snow storm outside. Hope the dogs hold up. Heeeheheee.


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