This video shows a wall sculpture being made with Activa Li-Qua-Che, a liquid paper mache product that can be cast in plaster molds. It’s a two-part wall sculpture of a guy wearing a hand-carved wolf hat. I still haven’t painted him yet, or even finished up the edges to make them nice and smooth. In fact, as you can see he’s still sitting on top of the furnace vent, so the paper mache clay can dry out completely before I finish him. But I can tell that the product still works as well as it always has, and I thought I’d let you see how I made this piece.
I poured the Li-Qua-Che back out of the molds rather quickly, so there was only a very thin skin left next to the plaster molds. I wanted to use as little product as I could, to cut down on cost. Then I let the pieces dry after they came out of the molds, and lined the inside with paper mache clay. The home-made clay is a lot less expensive, and I think it’s probably stronger, too, although I haven’t tested it to be sure.
Since the liquid paper mache product doesn’t stick to plaster molds, I worried that the paper mache clay might not stick to the Li-Qua-Che, but it did. I also worried that the casting might get distorted as the paper mache shrank just a little as it was drying, but that didn’t happen, either.
Now I just have to finish him, and put a hanger on the back. I don’t quite know how I’ll do that, but, naturally, I’ll keep you posted. 🙂
By the way, you can find the Christmas ornament tutorial here.
I got the wolf-hatted man painted:
Here’s a link to the book in the photo. The recipes really do help.