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  1. hi, my name is Magi I am sculptor and now I am making dolls, I was wondering if a can use papermashe to make a heads for my puppets but I already have a plaster negative mold so can I put the papermashe directly on da plaster or do I have to put a layer of some sort in between (like oil..) So it makes the separation, the removal easier?

    • Hi Magi. You definitely need a release. Paper mache will stick to plaster, and I’m not sure you’d ever be able to get it cleaned off. We received a guest post from Laurence Black, who did an experiment with plaster molds and paper mache clay. It’w well worth reading, even if you will be using paper strips and paste, because the petroleum jelly didn’t work for him. But he did find a solution that might work for you, too.

      I use silicone molds with paper mache, and that works great. You don’t need a release, and the molds can be used many times.

      • Thank you so much for your immediate reply Jonni. I will definitely look at the link you sent from the experiment. I will try out the silicone and get back to you with the results.
        Regards,
        Magi

  2. Hello there! Thank you so much for being the type artist that is so willing to share. There are many that hold info so closely guarded, rather than openly sharing in the spirit of discovery and learning. I have watched many of your videos, skipping around and FF to really get a good overview of tips and techniques. Your work is absolutely lovely of course, and teaching style is just perfect-not to mention the production value of your videos (picture in picture!)

    I am making masks for our Elementary School play. I have 2 armatures completed, and one layer of a boiled cornstarch paper mache (strips)-and now I am stuck. I am not sure now, after seeing more of your videos if I am using the best techniques and formulas. So I am stopping and contacting you before I go any further.
    -being that kids are going to be using these masks for dress rehearsal and 2 show nights, they need to be strong. Which formula would best suit that? Your cooked with flour recipe? or can I use the paper mache clay now instead of strips even though there is a layer of strips already??
    -I made the armatures from cardboard, crinkled paper, lots of masking tape. I planned to take the armature off the back once mache layer was complete, but there is one mask that is 3d on a section at top. I should have used the technique you used for the bunny heads, but did not discover it in time. I expect I will have some trouble removing those cardboard bits. But! since I only have one layer of paper mache strips, is there something I can do now that will make it easier?

    Thank you so very much!

    • Hi Jenifer. I haven’t used the boiled cornstarch paste, but I can’t see why it wouldn’t work. It would also avoid any allergy problems if any of your kids have an gluten sensitivity. It’s the paper that creates the strength, so you just need a paste that will hold paper together. I wouldn’t use paper mache clay, except to add details on the front like eyebrows – It’s heavier than paper strips and paste, and it dries very hard. A mask made entirely with paper mache clay isn’t comfortable to wear.

      If you remove the cardboard you will need quite a few layers of paper mache. I made an African mask a few weeks ago with just four layers of paper, and it is quite strong – but I don’t think it’s strong enough to be used in a play. On the other hand, some of the masks on the wall behind me in my videos have one layer of paper mache, front and back, over cardboard, and even the ones made with cereal box cardboard are very strong. Kids would have a hard time destroying them. Do you really need to take the masks off the cardboard?

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