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    • Sarah, please try again to show us you restoration project! We really want to see it.

      Pat, I trust you will show us anything that you make for Halloween or just any time. Please.

      Rex, Both of your stained glass projects are gorgeous. Did you mention how they are displayed? I hope your fingers/hands are okay. I could never work with glass. I get hurt with paper : ( I hope that you will show us the ones you repair. I wish that I had made my “rocks” look more like yours. Too lazy to do all the work though.

      Hi, Eileen! I know that you’ve been busy with the wedding and all (Best Wishes!), but did you tell us what project you are working on now? Your flying squirrel is adorable. Love everything about him!

      Betheny, Please try to post your dragon head again! And also make sure to show us your wolf and monkey when finished or in process.

      Danielle, I, like Jonni and Rex, think you have a great start on your pit bull. No cow to be seen, although that would be fine too : ).

      Pia, I want to be adopted by you also, but failing that, I think we should get to have turns adopting your daughter’s bat. Of course I would never give it up, but that’s beside the point. SO amazingly good!

      Lillie, Tremendous job on the zebra. Love the stripes. Two weeks!!?? I could not make that in two years. Seriously…

      Sue Leatherman, “Wash Day” is such an evocative piece. The colors, textures, well, everything is wonderful. Congratulations! But what in the world won first and second!?

      Danny, great leaf. I’m sorry if I missed, will it be a stand alone piece? How will it be displayed? Looking forward to seeing more.

      Amy Sanders, I think I’ve posted a couple of my little houses. I always feel there is something missing. I cannot wait to see yours.

      • To my favorite, Jonni, as you see, I am too lazy to make individual posts. I need to go feed my furkids, but I’ll try to post a long ago-started but recently “finished” (proly not) dog head/bust(?). You may not be able to tell, but it’s supposed to be an Irish Setter. Her name was Erin.

  1. Even though it’s still summer, I’m already thinking ahead to my Halloween costume & plan on utilizing the original paper mache clay recipe. Can anyone tell me approximately how many square feet the recipe listed on this site covers? I want to make sure I mix enough.

    • Hi Pat. That sounds like a math problem to me, and I’m terrible at math. The original paper mache clay recipe will make approximately 3.5 cups of pm clay. I tried to find the cubic inches of a standard measuring cup, and I didn’t find that info listed anywhere. Fortunately, if you run out, just make another batch.

      Does anyone else have a better answer for Pat?

  2. My paper mache projects have been put on hold (different than being in prison!), while I’ve been working on a couple of stained glass projects. Here is one I finished this morning.

    • And the trees I finished a couple of weeks ago. One of the branches broke after it was completed, so I had to learn how to repair a stained glass. Now I have two others to repair — one easy, one difficult.

      I promised this one to my best friend three years ago. At times the drafting process takes the longest.

    • Absolutely stunning Rex! Both of the stained glass pieces. I can imagine that the layout takes the longest! I had to smile about the sunflowers as that is the theme of my son’s wedding and we have had sunflowers on the brain lately. My daughter took on growing the flowers and dug up a 30×30 plot in her yard all for sunflowers! This has nothing to do with paper mache though so I apologize to all!
      Beautiful work ….you know, in the art shows I am in, there are several stained glass artists there as well and yours are every bit as good, if not better than theirs. You should jury sometime.

  3. Mineral oil – not so easy to get in Mexico but I have read that baby oil is same thing. Can I use that ?
    And so far I am having good results with the rabbit ballerina. Love your work.
    Thanks, J

    • Yes, baby oil is the same thing. That’s what I use. And it will make your rabbit smell nice. 🙂

      But if you don’t want to make a trip to the store, you can leave it out. The paper mache clay recipe works just fine without it.

  4. I made this huge dragon head using Joni paper mache clay n what I call her paper mache paste.
    I just began working on her wolf pattern last night.
    I hope she does a monkey at some point like she has in her video holding up her books.

  5. Hi Jonni
    I send you 3 emails today sorry for the multiples . I forgot to attach pictures . Then just now I made another picture of the finished eyes I send it in email for the guest post . Posting here to let you know just in case the emails did not make it .

  6. Hi Jonni! I’ve been working on my first attempt at your paper mache dogs book and I was just wondering how I can make my dog look more like a pit bull dog than a cow? lol! I keep adding more and more foil since it just looked way too skinny to be a stocky pit bull. Maybe it needs fatter and shorter legs? Thanks so much for any input you may have 🙂 I’m really enjoying your tutorial book!
    -Danielle

    • Hi Danielle. Your dog looks very much like a bully dog to me. Once you add some paper mache the lower legs will thicken up a little. I think you’ll like him a lot better when he’s finished.

      One of the favorite things I ever made is a pit bull-type mutt that actually started out as a draft horse. The horse just wasn’t working for me, so I made a ‘few’ changes. It ended up looking a lot like the dog I grew up with, and he’s been standing next to my dad’s TV for years. If I did it again I’d do a better job on the hind legs, but he turned out pretty good, considering… But don’t worry – your dog is not going to turn into a cow. 🙂

    • Danielle, You have a good beginning here. I immediately recognized it as a “tough” dog, so I don’t think a cow is coming out of that. I usually make my legs too thick, and Jonni is right when you put clay on them, they will probably be perfect. I love dogs and please show us when it’s finished. (Or before!)

      Jonni, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that dog before, and what a great job.

  7. We had a few of these little guys living in our tree this winter. They are smaller than a grey squirrel, larger than a chipmunk and are super shy. Of course i then had to sculpt one.

      • It is a flying squirrel. I don’t know what type. They don’t actually fly, it is more like a glide through the air. That flap on the side spreads out kind of like a webbing. We had a group of them in a tree outside of one of my windows. They come out at night and would disappear if they saw you. One time I shut off all the lights and watched from inside and used a flashlight. They were scampering all around the tree similar to a gray squirrel. So cute! Of course it helped that we had a big feeder on the tree that they could raid.

    • That is adorable. Wouldn’t it be fun to have about fifteen of these little critters crawling around on everything? Thanks, great.

      That eye is awesome.

      • They are night creatures, hence the big black eye. We had 4 or 5 on the tree, I couldn’t really count as they move so fast. I never did see them glide/ fly though.

    • I found an old piece of foam out in the desert that had been weather beaten. I thought it would make a good rock for a fairy tree (the hole in it). I had to dig out the foam, so I think it ought to be good. I don’t know if this helps because I dug out the foam, but you can see bits of it inside. So I vote yes! I put the clay right on the foam.

      Of course, with a pig it would stay inside, unless you want to cut the pig in half, remove it, and then stick it back together. (Just leave it inside and experiment!)

      • Here’s the top, in case you are interested. I made this months ago.

        I want the trunk of the tree to go in the hole and the roots to wrap around the rock (maybe have it covered with moss).

  8. I am making a fat pig and I’ve padded and sculpted the shape with dense foam. Will paper mache adhere to the foam ?!?!

    • If you try it and the dry paper mache tries to fall off, just cover the foam with masking tape. We’d love to see that pig when it’s done, too. I’ve been toying with the idea of sculpting a bear with foam, but I haven’t found time to try it yet. I’d really like to know how you made you pig.

    • I have used foam as a base and covered it with paper mache clay with no difficulty, it stays on beautifully. I didn’t even use masking tape or the newspaper strips, just straight on. So go for it!

  9. my daughter wished a fruit bat with it’s wings wrapped around and it’s little tongue sticking out . Wish granted . I call it Tutti Fruity

      • OMG! That is amazing – your daughter is a very lucky lady. If you keep it up, I can imagine a few of our friends here on UPM begging you to adopt them. 🙂

        • Thanks Jonni this pic is before the clear finish I think I will use a glossier one for the wings and keep the rest in matte finish . The shellac should give it a more realistic look …maybe ..

      • Oh, yeah, I want to be adopted. I love bats. I lived in a place once with bats and found a dead one. I wanted to take it home and take photos, etc., but my cousin wouldn’t let me. Said it had rabies or it wouldn’t be dead. I love this one. The tongue is cute and funny.

        • btw Rex we like bats too , never thought of making one until my daughter ask for one . When we first moved into this house the previous owner had bat houses up and we had no mosquitoes they fell off the trees and we started to get more and more of those pesty insects. We hung 2 bat houses ( more being added ) last month. None have moved in yet that I can tell . I don’t like to use chemicals around our yard we have kids come and play and to many 4 legged friends to risk it.

      • Great Bat Pia!
        I know a few people in my house that would love something like that in their rooms too! The tongue is cool and I love the eyes.

  10. I finally finished my almost life-sized zebra! The armature was made of cardboard, pool noodles and trash bags – just things I had at my house. I have no idea how many rolls of tape I used but I went through 10 batches of paper mache clay! I painted the stripes with black acrylic and sealed it with polycrylic paint.
    It took me a little over 2 weeks to make because I have 6 kids at home. I’m very happy with the final product.

  11. Hi Jonni,
    I have been working on this project for about three months and finally finished it. It’s called, “Wash Day.” I used a photo reference of ladies washing their laundry at a wall in Italy. First created the base and wall, then made the armature figures. Next I covered the figures with paper mache and then the first layer of paper clay (basically, just a form). After letting it dry for about three days, I added the details of the clothes and used very thin glue to cover some tissue paper for the sheets. Again, I let everything dry for about three days and then painted the piece. It was entered into an art festival in Alabama, where it won 3rd place. I was pleasantly surprised.

      • Thank you Jonni! The piece is 20 inches by 8 inches high (the ladies stand about 6 – 7 inches), by 6 inches deep. It has been on display at an art museum in Florence, Alabama. Haven’t decided if I will sell it yet.

      • Thank you Margaret!
        I have been working on some simple whimsical pieces that I will be taking to some small craft shows this fall. I am about half way through making another big piece based on a photo I saw in the Getty Images web site. The piece is 3 men during the depression who are looking at a newspaper. I am calling it , “Searching For Hope.” Right now I am in the process of doing the detail work on each man and then will finish with the painting. It will probably take another month. I’ll post it when it’s finished.

    • That is truly a piece of art. It reminds me of the old masters, and the idea for the sheet is brilliant. I was going to say stunning, and it is. That was the first word that came to mind. Love the colors.

      Thank you for sharing this with us. We give you first place!

      • Thank you Rex!
        Another paper clay artist (Debbie Court from Wales) who is a friend does a lot of her work with tissue instead of newspaper and she gave me some tips on how to get the translucent effect for the sheet.
        Thanks for the comments about the colors too. That is usually my struggle, trying to decide the colors (if any) and not being heavy handed with them. It’s the most terrifying part of the work for me. I get the piece finished and then I’m afraid to put the paint on for fear I’ll ruin it. So far, I’ve been fortunate with most of my work.

    • Cool leaf. I hope you’ll show us what it looks like after you finish it. If you don’t want nail holes, you might want to look into something like Command picture hanging strips. They are basically velcro strips with the Command adhesive that isn’t suppose to damage what it’s mounted to. Command is a 3M product and they have all sorts of hooks, too.

    • Nice leaf, Danny! I know you’ve already received several suggestions for hanging them. You might also take a look at the serrated hangers they sell in the picture hanging section of a DIY store. Some of them are made to be screwed onto the back of a frame, but you could use epoxy glue instead. But if the command hangers work, that would be easier. Do we get to see them all when you get them arranged on your wall?

  12. I am making little houses out of foil and plastic bottles. But I’m having trouble getting the paper mache clay to go on the plastic bottles. It just pushes around. Amy advice?

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