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Black Bear Barney

Made by Connie Kulow

Barney was made from recycled plastic grocery bags, masking tape and paper mache clay. I secured him onto a recycled canvas using masking tape and then used the joint compound recipe.

Black bear sleeping on limb Made by Connie Kulow

After removing the canvas…

Connie let us know in a comment (see below) that she had issues with the canvas, and had to remove it. This photo shows how it looked after the canvas was removed.

Black Bear Barney

10 thoughts on “Black Bear Barney”

  1. UPDATE!!! Well, that didn’t work out. Four weeks out and the paper mache separated from the canvas! It literally peeled up. I had to cut the bear and branch away from the rest of the green background, paper mache the back of the bear, insert teeth hooks into the paper mache on the back, and paint. It is now hung back on the wall and actually, Barney looks so much better without the canvas!

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    • Thank you so much for letting us know! I get a lot of questions from people who want to know if they can sculpt with paper mache clay over canvas, and I always have to tell them that I don’t know. The canvas will stretch with changes in humidity, and the paper mache clay won’t – maybe that’s why it didn’t work for you. But I agree that he looks better without the canvas anyway. I’m glad you were able to save him! 🙂

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      • I was so excited about using the canvas and boy, the wheels were turning in my brain about all the projects I could create. You mentioned humidity, and it’s possible that the separation occurred because of stretching. Here in Florida, we have been experiencing all four seasons in one day. I think the flip flopping in the temperature from Heat to AC to Heat was part of the problem. Plus, even though the bear was paper mâchéd on to the canvas, the canvas still had flexibility and give to it. I’m very thankful that Barney didn’t fall off the wall and wasn’t damaged.

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  2. I agree, Barney is great! Love your use of materials! Great job. Looking forward to seeing your next project

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    • Thank you Linda! I wasn’t sure if the canvas would give Barney enough support, but it worked. My wheels are spinning now! lol

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        • Barney was formed with plastic grocery bags. I crumple, stuff, twist them forming each part, like the head, body and legs, and use masking tape to hold the pieces together. Once I do that I cover completely with masking tape.

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    • I really enjoy my animals and owe it all to you! Thank you for all of your suggestions, recipes, videos, and knowledge, and so much more. You have a wonderful gift. Thank you!

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