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    • We have several threads from people who have tried both, and prefer to use the Elmer’s Glue All. It’s much less expensive in the gallon size at the hardware store, (but only if you need lots of paper mache clay, of course).

    • Keith , it works the same . Before I really got into paper mache ( now buy the gallon jug ) I bought any school glue including the brand at the Dollar Store all worked well .

  1. Here is a picture of my spring class’s efforts. Several did a variation on Jonni’s chicken, the others came up with their own projects. The one in the forefront had not been painted yet but is a sculpture of 2 children playing in a sand pile. These are all beginner sculptors and they did me proud. Each piece showed such personality and they all worked very diligently. We may have some new converts here!

    • Eileen, what a great group. I like them a lot, and it made me think back to when I was doing Jonni’s chapter on making a chicken. These look a lot like mine, but the painting is much better! Fun to see them.

      We like new converts!

  2. Hello all,
    I have been remiss about posting and commenting. I do have an excuse…my middle son is getting married! The bride’s family lives far away so my help is needed!
    Anyway, I did this snail for a friend in the hospital. She loves chapstick and I wanted to come up with a whimsical way to present her with a few chapsticks. Talk about practical paper mache….a chapstick holder! A quick and fun project.

    • What a creative idea. I’m sure your friend will love it. And congratulations to the new groom and bride. Will you be doing a lot of traveling until the wedding?

      • Thanks for asking! The wedding will be in my community (hence my involvement) but several of the related festivities will be in the next state over so not too much travel. I am actually updating her mother’s wedding gown which is taking me away from my sculpting but I am glad to do it. It is a challenging task.

    • What a great idea. I’m always looking for chapstick at night, and I never thought about making anything to put it in. The snail is tooo cute. Thanks.

  3. I recently bought the African animals for my church VBS…i amsmi g the giraffe first…can you help…pieces 11 and 12 don’t seem to fit where the instructions describe…they also don’t look like the picture…help!

    • Hi Lezlei. You’ve seen this photo, I’m sure:

      It sounds like your giraffe doesn’t look like that, but I’m not sure how it’s different. Would it be possible for you to upload a photo of how your giraffe looks, and along with your piece 11, so I can see exactly what you’re doing? That would really help. If you don’t have an image editing program that will let you upload a small sized photo, just send it to me in an email at jonni@ultimatepapermache.com – but be sure to put “paper mache” in the subject line so your email doesn’t get lost.

  4. I recently purchased the African animals set to make decorations for our a safari themed Vacation Bible School. The baby elephant head is my first sculpture. I am hoping to finish the giraffe head as well. Thank you for the pattern, the tutorials and the clay recipe!

    • It’s adorable, Michael. Your students will love it. That eye is compelling – I can’t think of a better word for it. I can’t stop looking, and it feels like she’s looking back. 🙂

      • Thank you, Jonni! That is high praise.

        I do have a question about the giraffe. The plan is for the giraffe to get taller every day as students bring offerings for the week’s mission project.

        We want to suspend the head by wire from the ceiling, and extend the neck with giraffe print fabric. My two concerns are 1. How can I make an effective transition from mache to fabric, and 2. How worried should I be about the extra weight tearing the giraffe asunder? Summer should be full of fun memories, not traumatic moments after all. ?

        • Hi Michael. Are you going to be using heavy faux fur fabric, or something lighter? I’m trying to imagine how this would work, and so far this is what I’ve come up with. First, if you’re using the paper mache clay on the neck, you should have no problem with it coming apart, as long as the fabric isn’t too heavy. If you think you will be using heavy fabric, you may need to construct a wire frame for the inside of the giraffe, with a circle at the bottom of the cardboard neck and vertical wires going from the bottom of the neck all the way up through the top of his head. Then hang the wire frame from the ceiling, and attach the fabric to the frame. For a transition, you could use the same fabric for the lower spots, by cutting the fabric into spot-shaped pieces and gluing onto the neck. Those are the only ideas I have at the moment – it’s an inventive idea, but it will take some engineering to make it work.

          • Thank you so much for your time and insight. The fabric is a faux fur, so it has some weight. I was thinking about the wire frame as well. I like the idea of gluing cut spots on the paper mache neck. We were thinking about stuffing the fabric with pool noodles with wood dowels for stability. Thank you! I will keep you up to date!

  5. I just bought the Baby Animal Dolls book – a great resource! I left a nice review on Amazon. I can’t wait to try my first dolls with your super easy instructions. Jonni I think your link needs to be updated for the cotton velour. The one in the book doesn’t lead anywhere. The one here on the site goes to a 404 site. They probably rearranged some things on their site and it messed up your link. I followed the basic part of the link and it lead me to their site: https://weircrafts.com/ I found exactly what you used in your book with a couple of clicks. Wow that’s reasonable pricing! Thank you so much for sharing everything. I created a dragon head for my Dad’s Christmas gift using Dan Reeder’s paper mache’ techniques and your excellent air dry clay. Unfortunately it got too heavy for the wall but the Chimera tutorial used a bike hook. I might try that. Or I may simply redo it and make the clay much thinner so it doesn’t weigh a ton. Live and learn. That’s what I love about your clay. Mistakes and practice sculptures cost a few dollars in supplies. Best hobby ever.

    • Thanks, Whuffie, for both the great review and your tip about the link. I’ll see what I can do about fixing it. The cotton velour is so much nicer than any other fabric I was able to find, so it’s really important for the dolls. By the way, we would love to see your dragon, too! Would it be possible to remove all the ‘innards’ to make it lighter?

  6. Hi everyone
    OH happy day my sculpture is done . It looks so much like him after I got done and I looked across the room I teared up . I can’t believe I created this out of paper and glue. It took me many layers of paint to get it as close as I possible can. I am happy with the result and so happy to share it with you all.

      • Thank you Jonni I dragged the orangutan baby head back out I started last year and tossed in the box and I have another project I never finished for various reasons . The monkey is back out will finish it this time had another light bulb moment for the hair I see if it works . It’s for my grand daughter she adores everything monkey but not so much the Gorilla she said they look mean haha. If it wasn’t for you sharing your beautiful creations and the how to’s with all of us and your great videos my creative side I might have never discovered

    • Beautiful job on your pup! It was great when it was unpainted but it is super after the painting. What a nice treasure.

    • It is not only beautifully executed, it is emotional. I admire it so much. Thanks for showing us. I couldn’t imagine it any better. I am one of those people who love his dog more than anything. It makes it very special.

      (UPS may be delivering a load of stuff to your house to paint! lol)

      I am very touched.

      • Thank you ,Rex . LOL oh no no paining jobs for me , after all your paint on the giraffe is outstanding . I dragged out the orangutan baby I started last year for my grand daughter , it ended up in a box down the basement . It was suppose to have arms holding a teddy bear or blanket but opted out of it . I came up on the Chimp that Jonnie did OMG!!! What an awesome piece ! Here a picture before I took the cardboard backing off.I am getting better at paint mixing but it was the medium that really jacked it all up a notch . Still so much to learn but loving it.

  7. Hi Jonni!
    I have a question: I bought a second-hand dog figurine and I’m not sure if it’s made from ceramic or porcelain, but I want to modify it a bit. If I strip the paint on the figurine, will paper-maché clay stick to ceramic or porcelain? If it does, will it be a strong bond or do I have to do something special about it? Thanks in advance for the reply!

    • Hi Francklie. The paper mache clay probably won’t stick to the ceramic figurine. I can’t say I’ve tried it, so it might stick — but even if it does, I don’t think it’s the best material to use for your project. I would use Apoxie Sculpt, because it sticks very tight to almost everything. It also cures in 24 hours, and will become just as hard as your original figurine. Plus, it’s totally waterproof. If you can feather the edges and match the colors of the original, you won’t be able to tell the difference between the new and old parts of your figurine. Good luck with it!

  8. Hi jonni I have been working on some projects using paper mache clay and covering them with acrylic gesso. it has been making the paper mache clay soggy. The clay was hard before and I am sure it was dry, so have you ever had this problem?

  9. Hi Jonni I have bought you book as paperback and as kindle version, because I live in Belgium and could not wait for the book to arrive. I have seen all your video’s by now. And I have a question. Are you still into the turtle wax after using wet clay for a mask ? and were you able to reuse the wet clay ? thanks in advance. Rita

    • Hi Rita. Thanks for ordering the books – I hope you enjoy them. As for the wax, one of my readers suggested a better way. I now use a spray clearcoat varnish right over the wet clay when I’m making a silicone mold, and I use a sheet of very thin plastic wrap over the wet clay when I’m going to cover it directly with paper mache. The plastic won’t work if there’s a lot of fine detail, but you can add those in after the paper mache is dry. I do reuse my wet clay for many projects. If there’s a bit of gunk stuck in it, I just pull it out. You want to keep it well covered, but you can get it wet again by wrapping it in wet paper towels and then putting the clay and towels into a plastic bag. The clay will absorb the water evenly if you leave it alone for a week or so.

      Happy sculpting!

    • Pia, Perfect. I couldn’t imagine it being any better. I lost my boy a few years ago, and so I know the attachment to this piece. Everything about him is great, and I have no clue how you did his mouth.

      I understand the color problem. I’m always complaining about it. Jessie’s demonstration on mixing browns on the cow did help. To me painting is like a whole other world. One of my problems, that Jessie helped me understand, is the difference between when the color goes on and when it dries. Good luck, and please show him when he’s finished.

      Thank you.

      • Hi Rex Thank you . The teeth where done separate and added after they dried then I added the tongue Then the other side of the tooth line . My hubby comment when I was working on it it would had been easier with his mouth closed after hearing me cuz under my breath after a few failed attempts before I had the light bulb moment of just doing the tooth line and k-9 and let it dry. The air dry clay worked super even with these tiny pieces so I was delighted that it worked. Paint job at this time is not going as good as I like .Oh you should see how much paint I have gone through not giving up yet . I do have one out just to bronze him and be done with it . Not just yet I need to conquer my not being savy with paints .

  10. Hi everyone 🙂
    Jonnie ask me to post my project of my dog here to share it with you all . The model is of one of my dogs whom I adored . I lost him 2 years ago . My very first dog sculpture . Made him with a layer of the cellulose paper clay and finished him off with Jonnie’s air dry clay to get the details . Not painted yet that is my next adventure into my artistic side 🙂 I am struggeling to get his colors just right .Started it and hated it so I stopped. I spend hours last night watching you tube how to mix paints to desired shades . I mean all I need is shades of black and shades of browns going into a tan red and tan yellow sounds so simple. Not for me . I found a video that helped a lot and got a refresher course on the color wheel 🙂 So I try again tonight . Wishing you all a great day and I was looking through the pages you all have done such creative beautiful work .

    • Hi Pia. Thanks for putting your dog here – I know I already said this, but he’s absolutely perfect. Did you see my daughter’s video showing how she mixed the browns for the Jersey cow? Not the same colors exactly, but you might like that brush she used. I had to go buy one after watching her use it in the video, because it’s wonderful for adding fur marks quickly.

      • Hi Jonni, Thank you . I will watch it tonight I scanned over the pictures that brush !! Didn’t even know they make brushes like that . I eyed your snow owl this afternoon beautiful work as always.

    • Wow – Rex, you’ve outdone yourself. All your giraffes are lovely, but this one is just perfect. The way you have the spots slowly fading towards the hooves is especially nice, but that face – oh my!

    • Rex, it is simply beautiful! You have had masterpieces before but this is one of your best. Now tell us my friend where it will be going because we all know how you give your creations away as gifts. Really masterful! The paint job is superb and I don’t want to hear any more how you have troubles with Browns!

      • Eileen, thanks. Last winter my heater died and this total stranger came and saved me. I had a new heater in no time and it has been wonderful. I briefly met his son, who has had a very challenging life. I made it for him, and his dad picked it up yesterday. I wanted it to be special, so your comments mean much to me.

        Browns! When Jessie gave us a lesson in mixing browns, I began mixing browns on my pallet (which is a sealed one) and very large (probably 1′ x 2′). I tried mixing bits of paint, but more than half the tray ended up in browns. I end up using the different browns here and there, but I usually have to mix the colors with something else.

    • Wow Rex what a lovely giraffe, these spots! Your giraffe looks like a porcelain sculpture.

      Maybe you allow yourself to keep this one;-)

      • Thanks much, Corinne. I have another one that I hope I can keep! it needs a clay face on it and then I can begin painting. One has to get up courage to face those spots. I look very carefully at everyone else’s spots on giraffes, but mine take on a life of their own. They insist on being that shape.

    • Rex, he/she is absolutely gorgeous. It does indeed look like porcelain. The painting is superb. I haven’t seen any of your previous giraffes maybe you did them before I found this site, but I would love to know how you create these lovely animals and what size please. Since I seem to be just a lurker these days I am so curious about the creative process of others.

      • Thank you, Joyce. I did a post of how I make them. Jonni knows how to do the “it is here,” but I’m not that smart! They are about a foot tall. I’m working on one now that is a little over 2′ tall. You can lurk over there. One of the most difficult parts for me was that I kept breaking legs, heads, and tail. My method is to make the legs first (not the hooves) and get the clay dry, that way when they are attached they don’t break. I think you’ll agree this one has a cuter face! Any questions I’d be happy to help if I can.

        Because I will likely forget, Jonni has a post about making sculptures smooth using joint compound with a silicon spatula. I did that on this one. It was a very thin layer but I was happy with it.


        • Thank you so much, Rex, for your email. I loved reading how you made your giraffes. I will probably never get to make one because I doubt if the restriction of arm movement would allow me to make the clay or do the intricate sculpting. When (if) my arm gets better I might see what I can do with purchased air dry clay. I loved watching you video and your animals are adorable. I have a cat called Misty who is never far from me.

          Thanks again.

  11. Hi Jonni,

    I promised to send pics of the bear I did using your pattern. He was great fun. I used the gram recipe and I like it very much. It goes os so smooth. Let me know if you need more information.

    • Wow – he turned out really nice, Sylvia. I love those eyes! Would it be OK if I copy your comment and image and put it on the Bear pattern page, so more people can see it? If that’s OK, is there anything else you’d like people to know?

      • Of course! I’m glad you like him. I looked online at bear eyes and noted that many of them have a lot of orange and yellow highlights. I want to work on them a little more. They need more contrast. Your patterns are stellar! You have a wonderful eye for details.

            • I have thought of that. It would be a lot of fun – although I’m not sure I have a wall in in the house that’s big enough for those horns. It’s still on my list, though. Have you made one yet?

            • No, I haven’t. I don’t think I could make a pattern like you do. You are the expert. Your patterns are very precise,

              Moose are my favorite wild animal. I love how silly they look, yet are so powerful. Please let me know if you ever make one. I’m so there!

            • Jonni, why not do a pattern of the whole moose instead of just the bust. That way it could be smaller. My husband says that they are extinct in this country because every time we have gone to Maine, we look for them and never find them! My friend who lives in Maine sent me a pic of a mom and baby that she took the day after we left….hubby said it was a hoax!

            • Ah – for a pattern for the whole animal, it’s best to use the internal patterns. And you can easily make one yourself from a photo. Watch this video to see how. My book also explains how to make the patterns from photos, and how to turn the pattern into an armature and then a completed sculpture. You can peek inside the book here.

              When I spent a year in Fairbanks a moose or two could be seen every time we drove to town. Two of them actually came up onto the deck and looked in the window, so I don’t doubt your friend. They’re amazing beasts — and close-up they’re quite intimidating. I wouldn’t want a mamma moose to get mad at me. (And don’t tell your husband I said so, but the official Maine website says they have more moose than any other state outside of Alaska. Maybe you just aren’t looking for them in the right place. The ones near Fairbanks really liked to stand around in knee-deep water.)

        • Hey Jonni

          Making a giraffe now and I can not see in the pattern where J goes…..I figured it went in neck to match the curve of head but I dont see that in instructuons…..I also didnt see the piece until head was attached so for me….extra pieces Lol

          • Hi Kathy – I can’t believe you’re the first person to tell me that I added an extra piece. At one time I thought it was needed, but I changed my mind. But not the pattern. Sheesh…

            I’ll fix it. Thanks for letting me know! 🙂

    • It’s all a knock-out, but those eyes are fantastic. I love your browns, too. Do you have a secret about that brown color? (Everything I paint tends to turn a little red.)

      • Thank you! I think it was your recipe I used to make the clay. I love it. It’s my favorite part of the process.
        I used four colors of brown acrylic paint (Nutmeg, Melted Chocolate, Chocolate Bar, and Territorial Beige) all at the same time. I just kept switching as I went along. I did a ton of dabbing paint to create texture and high and low lights. I did a flat coat of paint over the entire surface first (Chocolate Bar). It’s got a lot of red in it, so I chose other colors that had very little red.

        • Thanks, Sylvia.

          Please make a moose. I hate new ideas that I would like to try! I remember the first time I visited a brother in Canada, and a moose was by the side of the road. I started running towards it, but my brother warned me quickly and loud that it could be dangerous! I just wanted to go up and give it a hug! (Been thinking of a camel, also.)

  12. Hi Jonni, here’s a pic of my latest project. It’s kind of a mix of different media. Paper mache clay for the body, apoxie sculpt for the ears, feet, and tail, and polymer clay for the coffee cup.

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