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  1. Hi Jonni: thanks for the post about your deer head. It is beautiful! The antlers are amazing. After looking at that I spent another couple of hours watching your videos and looking at all the creations on your site. My compliments to all your sculptors…I am green with envy. I think if I ever get back to it,I am going to make a pig like Rex’s sweetie. I have just had one health problem after another, the major one being iron deficiency anemia. The hematologist said my iron was practically nonexistent and I am scheduled to get an IV on Monday. I sure hope that will give me some energy.

    Also, your baby elephant is awesome. That must have been a lot of work, but it was well worth it. Thanks for being the star of paper mache and sharing your incredible talents.

    • Hi Joyce. I hope that doc gets you fixed up soon so you can start creating again. Keep the faith, (as I seem to remember us saying back in the ’60s for some reason…). 🙂

    • I see that my photo posted. I was wondering if you had any ideas of how to hang the owl in flight? He is 15 ” x 12″ and 2lb. Thank You!

      • I think someone else will have a better idea, but this is what I did for my flying dinosaur. I don’t know if you can see but I drilled a hole through his tail and also a hole through little paper mache “bumps” on both wrists. I darkened the photograph a lot so hopefully you can see them. I only hang it from two strings, so the bump on the left wrist is there in case I need it. (By the way, he is hanging on a curtain rod, not the ceiling!)

        I love your owl. Great job. I would love to see that flying anywhere around the room. Good luck. Great job.

          • And here is a close up of the “wrist.” There is varnish in the hole, but it didn’t take much to punch the string through it.

          • I think I will try your idea . If I put a string in the tail and on the wings it should help too keep him from doing a nose dive. I love your dinosaur . Thanks for your idea.

    • Your owl is beautiful, Bea. Very nicely done! As for hanging it, that’s a tough question. Did you build in a hook that can be attached to a chain from the ceiling?

  2. Hi , I hope that you get my photo this time. It is not too big but I have a hard time sending photos to people . What do use to hang your sculptures on the wall? I love your deer head .

    • Hi Bea. The photo didn’t work, I’m afraid. I’m trying to find an affordable way to let people post big pictures without slowing down the website, but I haven’t found one yet. (I can’t afford Facebook-type programming!) We would like to see it, though, so I hope you’ll try making it smaller and try again.

      I usually put a hole in the flat back of a wall hanging, like the deer, or use epoxy glue to attach a sawtooth hanger on the back of my open-backed masks. Or I buy a wooden plaque, and use epoxy glue to attach the wall hanging to that. Lots of ways to do it. 🙂

  3. petty the site doesn’t support larger pics then 250kb, but with some effort i managed to shrink one picture from my collection…
    i work with different methods then the ones presented here, not using any support from wood or other materials, no fillers or other components, just plain paper. this requires lots of patience however because it needs to be build up from ground and dry before adding more paper otherwise the works would collapse. this is one of my latest projects, height about 70cm, next project i’ve been working on the last few months is a copy of myselve 1/1 scale height:(1m89). ones finished i will post it on my website (wich will have a makeover in the following weeks…)
    the gremlin took approx. 4 months to build and has a weight of about 3kg+

  4. So, what is this thing that took on its own life? Any suggestions would be welcomed and interesting. It took on a life of its own!

    • Rex, these little fellows are delightful. There may be a blizzard howling outside, but it’s not bothering them at all. With the snowy beards and the rainbow caps, maybe they’re the spirits that help the weather move from winter to spring?

      • We’re trying to walk, but the wind makes it difficult! Thanks, Jonni. You never know what is going to happen to you walking down the street. Now back to other projects!

        • I think the wind would tip me over if I tried to go out today. Even the UPS guy was smart enough to put off a delivery until tomorrow. But your little winter wizards will just keep smiling…

          What’s next on your list?

          • I probably have the reputation as a liar! ;>) who says one thing and no one hears about it again for a year, but I’m working on the “dawn horse,” what horses looked like 40,000 years ago. It’s been a fun project, so far. Being about 9″ tall, it is the actual size of horses when they ran through the jungles and had to be quick about it!

            The wind here blew over around noontime, so we got a cool afternoon walk. The wind is a deal-breaker!

  5. Hi Jonni,
    Just want to thank you and share my first papier-mâché work. I chose the bear pattern and enjoyed every moment of creating my bear. Thank you for designing and sharing your patterns. You’ve really helped to open up a whole new world for me with this medium. I’ve been a working artist for about 27 years now and have wanted to expand to a more sculptural medium. I have no access to Clay or Killens so papier-mâché has been a wonderful discovery. I have more images shared on my Instagram site of this piece, but here it is. Thanks again!
    Cheers, Lesley Bergen

    • Hi Lisa. The photo you tried to include with your comment didn’t come through. They need to be less than 250kb, to keep the page from loading too slowly. Can you edit the image and try again? We’d love to see them.

  6. Hi ive been searching to make cheap clay for a week and finally come across this site, i must say its fantastic 🙂 i would like to make your paper mache clay, im not keen nor do i have the money for the joint compound but i do have gypsum could i just use this as a replacement for the joint compound? Also i have read that pva glue can cause sid which is a yellowing off the glue over time, i wanted to ask if you have experienced anything like this, i can get golden acrylic medium thats works like glue but stops sid, do u think i could swap this out for pva?

    • Hi Ava. It sounds like you want a totally different recipe. The only way to find out if your materials would work for a new version of paper maqche clay would be to try it and see. Be sure to let us know what you find out! 🙂

      • Im sorry i hope i havent offended you at all. I dont know why but suddenly in the last month ive developed a strong desire to paint and sculpt. I am in a tight financial situation right now and thought it may be a sign to try my hand at making some art for a living. I realised that there was many clays out there but im keen to do something very economical an ecological. After trawling the web it become more and more confusing lol. Im sorry im just trying to understand the sturcture of each recipe i find so as to understand how clay works. I will admit as soon as i seen your work i knew id found the right place. When i researched what was in joint compound it said that it was mainly made of gypsum so thats why i thought id ask u because i already have a big bag and could start experimenting. But by all means yes i will let you know how it goes 😀

        • You didn’t offend me at all. But I really don’t know if the changes you suggest will work without trying them, and I don’t happen to have any gypsum on hand. I always encourage people to experiment – and to let us know how the experiments turn out so we can all learn from each other. 🙂

    • I am on a tight budget myself. I buy a small tub of joint compound at the local hardware store for about $10. If you keep the lid on tight or cover it with plastic wrap, it will last for a long time. Good luck. And don’t buy DAP. It may be great but doesn’t work for clay. Thanks.

  7. Hi all,

    I finally finished my two ‘little’ lambs. I was not sure about painting them because I didn’t want it to look like a children’s color book. But I think it turned out well. (I think it’s not really visible on the photo I uploaded, but I added some brown in the deeper folds around the legs, neck and tail because lambs are not purely white)

    Kind regards,
    Isis

    • Hi Isis,

      Your cute little lambs turned out great!

      And I agree with you, they don’t need any more colouring (I like the picture in the grass)

      I don’t know if you mentioned it in an earlier thread but which materials did you use?

      • Hi Corinne,

        I made my lambs with a cardboard pattern and newspapers. I know that you could add the paper mache clay straight away, but I like to add a few layers of newspaper stripes and old fashioned paper mache paste (I always use wallpaper glue) first. Then I used paper mache clay to add the structure. It was time-consuming, but my “technique” (if you could call it that) was to add every ‘curl’ seperately with paper mache clay. The paint is normal school paint.

        I’m not a professional or anything, so my “techniques” are very basic and so are my materials.

        Hope it helps 🙂

    • Very nice, Isis. I really like seeing the pair with two different positions – they look adorable. And I’m so jealous of that green grass – everything in my state is still under three feet of snow! But I’m sure the lambs are coming, anyway. I know you told us why you made the lambs, but I can’t remember. (My brain is a sieve…) Are they for your house, or will they star in an Easter celebration?

      • Hi Jonni,

        Thanks! It hasn’t been a normal winter this year in Belgium. It was (and still is) too warm for the time of the year. At the bright sight we have green grass and flowers.

        I’ve made the lambs as the ‘master pieces’ of the easter decorations at my parent’s shop (a bakery). They’ll go in the shop window (probably they will sit on some fake grass and we have an easter tree to go with it). My paper mache sculptures tend to be real conversation makers among the customers. 🙂

    • What sweet little lambs! I too am envious of your grass and crocuses! You are all ready for spring! Instead of painting into all the crevices, have you ever thought of using a mixture of raw umber and some glazing liquid to get into the crevices? When still wet, you wipe off the high areas and the brown stays in the low spots. It is quite the time saver and makes a nice effect. They are great little sculptures.

      • Hi Eileen,

        Thanks! That is a wonderfull idea. I’ll definitely remember that for the next time I make a sculpture!

    • Well, I declare you an artist and a professional (although you may not get paid for it). I keep thinking of your last ones, so this is a wonderful surprise. Thank you so much. I love the wool pattern. It is almost spring, so more lambs!

    • Your lamb are so sweet! I love the curl of the wool, especially right on top the heads, and the set of the ears is spot on. I’ve been lambing since December (the pre-Christmas lamb was an oops) and I’m so jealous of the green grass yours have. My last group is due any day now and we’re under the same snow Jonni is, though this week they’ve added rain and flooding just to make chasing a reluctant ewe all the more entertaining. At this point, I’m a bit envious of a pair of sweet lambs in a bakery shop window. Excellent work!

  8. Hi Jonni and friends,

    I want to ask your advice. I am currently working on my next sculpture and that’s my dog Maggie.

    For the first time I used the original pm-recipe. I had some difficulties to put on a thin layer and so this layer is at some parts a little bit bumpy and a view parts need a little bit more pm-clay

    Now I am in doubt which next step to follow:
    1. Adding another thin layer of PM-clay or
    2. Adding a layer of silky air smooth clay (do I need to use the glue and water mixture?) or
    3. Adding a thin layer of joint compound or…..
    ?

    In which layer could I best add the hairstructure, is that in one of the above layers or is that in the last gesso layer?

    For the feathers I like Jonni’s idea of the shop towels.

    Thank you in advance for your advice and have a great Sunday.

    • Hi Corinne. A tip for next time – use less paper in your paper mache mixture. I do that when I want a thin layer that goes on smoother. Your dog is so close to being finished that I would probably use some coarse sandpaper (wearing a mask) and knock off the higher points in the pm clay. Then use the joint compound with a silicone spatula, like I did in this video, to reduce the depth of the dips. Don’t put on a heavy coat of plain joint compound, though, or it will crack. You can texture the joint compound with an old, stiff brush, or you can add fur texture with acrylic gesso – but the gesso tends to self-level, so it depends on how noticeable you want the fur texture to be. They do make a thick acrylic gesso for adding texture, but it takes a very long time to dry.

      • Thank you for your prompt reply Jonni and the helpful tips.

        Actually I knocked the higher points already off with a dremel. (I attached the wrong picture)

        I am glad you confirm my first thoughts and that is to use the joint compound.
        I got a little bit confused after watching several great tutorials on your site, so many options to use and off course I want to do it right the first time;-)

        I’ll keep you posted about my progressions, thank you!

        • Corinne- you got the best advice from the master. I would just add that there is no “ right” way. The right way is the way that is best for you to achieve the results that you and only you want. That is what is so great about art. Your dog is fabulous and you did a great job!

    • Well, I agree with Eileen! Besides the wonderful armature, I’m curious about the eyes. Or lack of them. I may try leaving holes the next time I do a face until after I put a layer of clay on it. I have trouble keeping them aligned and this may help. The feet and everything looks great. Can’t wait to see it finished.

      I’m working on a little project today. Hope to get it finished and posted before the 14th, but part of it will be smooth clay and part regular pm clay. It will be interesting to see the contrasts.

      Great sculpture.

    • Stunning! Is it for sale?

      By the way, I sent you a message through the contact form on your site. It’s about technical stuff so it doesn’t really fit here, but it’s kind of important. Let me know if you don’t get it. 🙂

      • I don’t know if I can part with him!! Lol. I’ll keep him for a while, I think and see how I feel, I’ve had some offers for him, but they become your children!

        I actually haven’t received it, Jonni, can you email me direct? Is that ok?

        Carla
        XXXX

    • Hi Carla,

      This is just stunning. I’m just curious (I might have missed the discussion about this). What material did you use to make the fur on this piece? I can’t really see it on the picture. Is it wool? Anyway, it came out very well.
      I might use this on other ‘fury’ projects 🙂

      Kind regards,
      Isis

      • Hi Isis,
        It is tiny strips of rolled paper (I rolled approximately 3000 strips) and then each one is glued down individually. Wool would work, I think though.

        I hope that helps,

        Carla
        XXXX

        • Oh waw! That must have been time-consuming. But by the looks of it, it was well worth the effort.

          It think wool would work as well, although, it might be a bit of mess to glue wool on a project.
          I’ll definitely remember this technique when I want to make something with fur.

          Thanks!

    • Yeah, don’t part with him. He is exquisite. I am impressed.

      And, by the way, you are excused from meditating after that! Awesome. Unbelievably wonderful.

  9. I don’t know if you get inundated with people sharing their stuff with you, but, if not…
    I wanted to show you my two paper mache projects. I never did paper mache before in my life… I’m 42 years old now! Time to play! hehehe.
    I would like to make masks and mache projects as an viable income, however, I have my fears and doubt.
    So step one was seeing if I could even do one!!
    So, I watched a number of video tutorials on the subject of mask making, and crated a cast of my face, a mound of that casting, and then my first mache ever. I had not only never done any of this before, I’ve never used the materials before either! Was really something, so the first images are of my first attempt. I didn’t have joint compound, nor plaster of paris, so I just used silicone for grout sealing and used flour instead of plaster. that first mold was a complete flop, but i was able to at least use it for making a mask. But of course the mask was a flop too, but I just wanted to see how the process was from start to finish.
    So, that was that. I found it super fun and satisfying, so about a month later I made a new cast of face, a new mold (with proper ingredients), and a new mache mask. This time I was armed with having watched damn near all of your video tutorials on the subject and many of your articles. I have found I learn best from you on the subject. I find you exceedingly calming to watch and listen to, but extremely informative too.
    So, the next set of images are what I created with many thanks to you (thus wanting to share with you, as you are the reason I was able to get this one so much better).
    Oh, i’m not sure how to go about doing images, looks like one per post… I will see if i can ‘comment’ additional images.

    • Hi Desiree, we love to see other artists’ work, so feel free to share as often as you like. However, this blog doesn’t have a fancy program like Facebook does, that will automatically reduce the size of images to keep the page from loading slowly. That’s why there’s a size limit for all photos uploaded to the blog, and it’s probably why your image didn’t come through. They need to be less than 250 kb. If you don’t have image editing software, you can use this free online tool.

  10. Here is one of my latest projects, a “giant” snail (about 7″x5″). (I’ve actually made 4 of them so far, they’re so fun.) It’s made with paper mache clay, then the spots were added with air-dry clay, and the antenna are apoxie sculpt.
    I recently started a YouTube channel for time-lapse videos of my paper mache and polymer clay projects, and this is one of the first videos I’ve made, if you’d like to see — I call it “A Snail Is Born” haha

  11. Hi! I have just finished the two baby elephants. I ordered the plans from your website and got started! I have never done any paper mache before and I am addicted! I made these cuties for my niece who just had a baby shower for her first baby. Everyone thought I bought them and couldn’t believe I made them. Thank you for the guidance and confidence to give it a try!

    • Erin, we would love to see them. Did you try to upload an image to go with your comment? If you did, the photo was too big for our system. I hope you’ll try again. I can’t wait to see how they came out.

  12. Apart from varnishing, I’ve finished my second pmc project, a running cheetah. I’m very pleased with it, and kind of sad I’m giving it away! I always get discouraged when I first start painting something, because it looks so basic, but after adding several layers and detail, it turned out well. I did not bother to add sculpted toes, but painted them on a round foot. Next time I will take the time to sculpt toes, as I think that detail adds so much (as evidenced by Jonni’s and others’ projects). I’m excited to begin my next project: a braying zebra bust!

    • Very nice, Cassie! Both the sculpting and the painting is amazing. Is it made to be displayed on the wall? How big is it? And do we get to see that zebra, too?

      • Thanks, Jonni. Yes, it is meant to hang flat against the wall, though apparently as the pmc dried, it pulled the edges up? So the nose and tail sit slightly away from the wall. It is just over 4ft long tip to tip. If and when my zebra is done, I’ll post pics of that too 🙂

    • Cassie, thanks for showing us the finished masterpiece. That adds a new definition of wall art for me. I can’t imagine it getting any better.

      Now, please, won’t you do a whole wall of things running across it? It doesn’t get any better than this.

      • Thank you Rex! I must say, I liked doing the 1/2 body better than making a bust. Much easier to work with for sculpting and painting, so maybe I will make an African herd… Some day.

    • Hi Latonya. I don’t sell my sculptures. I show other people how to make their own sculptures. If you see a pattern on the site that you really like but you don’t want to dive in and make one for yourself, you can take the pattern to a local artist and ask them to make it for you. All the instructions are included, so you high school art teacher might like to do it for you in her spare time.

  13. Thx! The detailed explanation with the cow ears helped a lot! And yes, I am modifying your giraffe pattern and have enlarged it. Once finished, I will happily post the results. I am making the costume for our community’s July 4 parade. (Gleneden Beach, OR)

  14. Hi! I am making a Chinese Dragon dance costume based on an enlarged giraffe pattern. All is going well, except I can’t figure out how to fold/attach the ears properly! Any guidance appreciated. Thx!

    • Hi Suzan. Are you using my giraffe pattern? The ears can be tricky mostly because the cardboard doesn’t want to bend the way an ear does. Perhaps these photos from the cow pattern will be helpful. The photos show the ear as it looks when made with cereal box cardboard. If you try the lighter cardboard, be sure to run a wire or a tightly rolled coil of aluminum foil around the edge, to make sure it doesn’t warp when the paper mache is added:

      The vertical dart is taped first. Then the long strap (which looks different on the giraffe) is pulled around and the end taped to the other edge. Then the upper section is pulled around and down so it will meet the upper edge of the strap. There’s a lot of stress on all the taped edges, so be sure to tape both inside and outside of every seam.

      When you have the bottom portion of the ear looking like a tube, you can attach it to the head by pushing the tabs into a bead of hot glue.

      I hope this helps. And I hope we get to see the Chinese Dragon dance costume when it’s done. That sounds wonderful!

      • Yeah, I do talk to them. At times I also have these irresistible urges to pet them. She is for a neighbor, and she is a little stubborn so I tried to put that in the body. Not so happy about that face, however!

      • Susan, one of these days I might find the words or find the reason why your animals fill me with happiness. I find myself reflecting on them for many days after you post them. Thanks, again.

    • Nice Rex! Is it a piggy bank? If it is, did you figure out how to get the money out? I was rinsing out an empty jug of maple syrup the other day, fully intending it to go into the recycle bin when you came to mind. It would make a perfect piggy bank insides! The screw top is big enough for quarters and it could be placed on the tail end with just enough room for little fingers to get it unscrewed. What do you think? I may have to try it.

      • Eileen, no piggy bank for this one. She is only about five inches tall, so not much would fit in it. Could you send me a jug of maple syrup? Not empty, though! I love maple syrup. I do think a screw top is a great idea for a bank. If you try it, please show it to us. Thanks.

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