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  1. Hi, I love your work and wanna try something, however I have a question with regard to your clay recipe. What kind of white flower you use? Corn or wheat? If you use corn, how could I replace this? As this kind of flower is hard to get here…maybe starch?

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  2. We bought the elephant. (Entire body) but it did not come with the peices for the pattern or the instructions. The giraffe did. How do I get those for the elephant? We need them quickly as this is a project for a school musical. Thank you!

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      • Chelsea, I haven’t heard back from you, either from the email I sent or the comment here on the blog. If you see this, check to make sure gmail isn’t hiding my emails from you. They do that a lot. Look in your promotions folder – in the other email address that you used when you wrote to me earlier.

        As I mentioned in that email, I can’t find your elephant order, and I don’t have an elephant with a cloth body. Is it possible that you ordered that pattern from someone else?

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  3. I have not tried paper mache since grade school. I do sculpt clay so I was interested in this after researching and watching all of your youtube videos.

    I was asked to decorate a shop window at an Art Gallery in Lake Geneva, WI. The theme given was Frosty the Snowman. I knew this was not a clay project!!

    After watching your videos I felt confident on how to build Frosty and how to finish him. Thank you so much. My grandson even helped me get him done on time!

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  4. Hi Jonni,
    I am new to this particular craft, and wondering which of your recipes to use for creating small clay plaques. I want to be able to rubber stamp images and sentiments into the clay. I’m wondering which recipe will allow the most detail with tiny wording from rubber stamps. Do you have any suggestions for a recipe and sealing it, for longevity? Any help would be much appreciated.

    Denise

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  5. So glad I found you and your recipes. I almost bought an epoxy product and was worried about the chemicals involved. I will buy your patterns but have a project in mind that is sculpted flowers and vines that will be glued on to furniture and painted.
    What recipe is best, easiest to form and sculpt and most durable?

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  6. Hi Jonni,
    I’m a newbie and have a question. Before discovering your amazing videos and website, I made a chicken wire armature that I wrapped with some newspaper and tape. It is still flexible, as in I can squeeze a leg and it will give to the pressure. Do I need to add more layers prior to using your clay? I wasn’t sure if the clay would crack or rather provide the rigidity needed.
    Thank you!

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    • Hi Pam. The paper mache clay will help give you a stronger sculpture, and it shouldn’t crack when it dries. However, you don’t have any support on the inside of your sculpture, so it could crack if it’s dropped. You can add the paper mache clay now, if you can do it without distorting the shape of the wire.

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  7. Jonni – We are doing a Junior Lion King productionat my daughters school, I love your Lion King masks but have zero experience of making Papier Mache and need to get some idea of the amount of man hours likely to be needed. What would be a guess of the time involved for a novice to complete an adult Simba, for example ?

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    • Hi Richard. That’s a good question. You’ll need at least an hour to print the pattern pieces and attach them to your cardboard. Give yourself another hour or two to tape them together. If you make more than one, the second and third masks will go together really fast. The first one always takes longer.

      If you use the brown paper and wood glue, like I did for mine, you’ll need another hour, maybe two, to cover the mask with one layer of paper mache. Let it dry completely before painting it. The painting won’t take long if you keep it simple – the masks will be seen from the audience, not close up, so you don’t need a lot of detail. If you use the raffia for the mane, it won’t take more than half an hour to hot glue it to the mask.

      You’ll also want to give yourself a little extra time to adjust the size of the headdress if it’s too big, and to glue some felt strips around the edges to make the mask more comfortable to wear. The felt will also reinforce the holes where your chin straps will go.

      I hope this helps. If you have any trouble making your mask, be sure to let me know. And have fun!

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    • Hi Dru. It turned out really nice. And it’s an inventive way to use paper mache – I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone else do something like this. I hope your granddaughter got a really good grade for her project. 🙂

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      • Thanks for your kind words Jonni. I didn’t think it was particularly inventive it just seemed the obvious thing to do!
        All the best Dru

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  8. Hi Jonni
    I helped my daughter make a Caduceus for my Granddaughter’s Ancient Greece project. We used newspaper and wire for the base then added more newspapers stuck on with PVA. We finished with gold coloured tissue paper. The wings are mount board and tissue paper. Pretty fab I think..and we had a great time doing it I’ll try and post a pic.

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  9. Hi Jonni! I really enjoy your patterns. I’ve made four animals now but only have one painted so far. My Christmas theme this year is going to be Woodland Forest. Instead of putting up one big tree, I will be making several “pine” pencil trees with a wildlife theme and animals hanging on the walls. The deer turned out good for me I think and am looking forward to painting my bunny, unicorn and bear. I’m wanting fox and raccoon heads to and maybe rabbit will be my next one. Maybe a jackalope too – who knows? LOL! Thank you for your talent and wonderful patterns!

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    • Theresa, your deer rally turned out nice – and I’m really excited about your plan for a woodland forest Christmas theme. Your house is going to be so welcoming (and all those pine trees will smell nice, too. 🙂 )

      I hope you’ll let us see how it all comes together.

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  10. Hi, Jonni. I discovered you a few weeks ago and I love your work and have watched dozens and dozens of your videos, some multiple times!! I’m embarking on a project of making several large puppet heads, which can also sit as sculptures when not worn. The place I’m actually hanging up is on creating decent crumpled paper armatures and getting them to be sufficiently proportioned and representative of the basic shapes I need (for example, a dodo bird beak). Because I am working on large pieces I need armatures made of materials that can provide large forms (i.e., not clay — I’ll use that for finer details) so I’d like to use the cardboard & newspaper building technique. When your videos move through the phase of creating paper and foil armatures, they make it look so simple, and then voila! you have something shaped like a kangaroo or a racoon. Whereas my efforts with newspaper and masking tape leave me with asymmetrical blobs coming off the cardboard silhouette. Is there a video or link to something that focuses specifically on how to work with the paper and tape to get it properly shaped? I’m not sure about how tight to crumple it, how often to tape it, or just how to get that proper shape. Any guidance on that would be deeply appreciated!!!
    P.S. I’m working off a spherical head base created by paper mache over an exercise ball, so I’m looking for armatures to build off the beaks, snouts, horns and so on.

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    • Hi Peg. I think you might like using crumpled foil better than paper. The foil doesn’t fight you as much. If you crumple it lightly, and then stick it onto the main form with hot glue, you can then push it around and shape it the way you want it. If you need it to be nice and smooth, you can burnish the crumpled foil with a flat wooden tool. I made a fairly long video that goes through the process of working with foil over a pattern for a small hippo, and it might give you some ideas for your projects.

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  11. Hi. I just ordered the full size baby elephant with the lion giraff and wolf. I got all but the baby elephant. The download says “0” downloads available. What do I do?

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    • Hi Denise. I just now reset the link, so you’ll have another five clicks before it expires again. Try it again – it should work now. If you have any more problems with the download, please let me know.

      And have fun making your sculptures! 🙂

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  12. Good Morning!! I just jumped down the rabbit hole as id like to make my daughter a No Face mask for Christmas. I’ve found one on Etsy made of resin but would like to make it myself out of paper mache. What I like about the one on etsy(I’ll include a picture) is the wood grain details. I’m wondering if I can achieve that by applying the paper mache clay over the paper mache? I’ve watched a few of your videos and play to purchase your mask book as well before I get started. I also live in the PNW so I’m wondering if I should be worried about mold, thinking I should use the flourless recipe, yes? Thank you very much for your time and all these great videos. You do an excellent job of explaining things!

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    • Hi Zabrina. The photo you tried to include didn’t come through with your comment. That’s OK in this case, because I wouldn’t want the Etsy artist to think I’m helping people copy her work. However, if you want a wood grain, you can definitely add a thin layer of the paper mache clay over your dried paper mache. Then you can draw lines or create other wood-like textures.

      I now live in a fairly humid environment, and I don’t have any problem with mold. The secret is to make sure your piece dries out as fast as possible. The fastest way to get it dry is to put in front of a fan or over a heating vent. As soon as it’s dry all the way through, paint it and then seal it with several coats of good varnish. Mold can’t grow without water, and the varnish will make sure no moisture is able to get inside after the mask is dry.

      You’ll want to do this even without the flour. I’ve seen mildew grow on a damp basement wall, with nothing to eat except concrete. All it seems to need is water, and it doesn’t take much.

      Have fun!

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  13. I was very much looking forward to making this giraffe, and I’m sure I’ll eventually get it complete. However, this being my first pattern from this website, I was unaware of just how much pinching strength would be needed to assemble the facial pieces. I have arthritis in my thumbs and too much pinching causes severe pain and then the thumbs begin to slip out of joint. You may want to consider adding note on your pattern page for this particular method of paper mache. The craft of paper mache, overall, is a friendly one to aging hands. This may be why I didn’t consider this particular project and method to be problematic for me. I do love your work, however, and have also purchased the panda bear to make with my 6 year old granddaughter. The panda bear is more what I expect as an armiture and is much easier on arthritic hands. The giraffe, in my opinion, is not making an armiture, but instead sculpting the entire giraffe from cardboard, a physically challenging task, and then just finishing by adding a layer of clay and painting the giraffe.

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    • Hi Kelly. Yes, the giraffe, and most of the patterns I sell, will create the entire sculpture for you. If you aren’t able to use the giraffe pattern, would you like me to offer a refund?

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      • Hello – I’m not sure how to leave a comment but I just had a question about your sculptures eyes. What do you use for them? I am prepping to do my first paper mâché lesson with high school students and I love how your eyes are sculpted but was curious if you made the spheres and if so out of what?

        Thank you! Your videos are very helpful!

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        • Hi Emily. I sometimes do use Styrofoam balls under my paper mache. Other times, I just use crumpled foil or paper to create the shapes.

          I hope your students have a great time in their class and make some wonderful sculptures. 🙂

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  14. Sorry for the missing picture on the earlier post. This is Medusa finished. 16 snakes in total and the back doesn’t look half bad either.

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      • Hi Jonni,
        Louis, not Lois. The texture on the top of the skull is a piece of scrap lace that I cut and placed using your gesso recipe.

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          • No problem, and thank you for all the great information. I have your animal sculptures book and can’t wait to pick up the “How to make Masks” book. Right now I build the mask on a wig head and am anxious to expand past human forms.

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  15. Thank you for having a website. I had never done a paper mache project before now. My daughter requested a special mask for Halloween and I used tips and tricks from your website to make it all come together. I am attaching a picture of the character she wanted to be along with the finished mask.
    It won’t let me attach 2 pictures.

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