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  1. Hi I need help to make a medieval type dragon, crouched with wings….I though of using your fab giraffe head as base for dragon head – but what do you think I could use for the body? Its for our next production of Magic Flute 🙂

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    • Hi Annette. I actually made a dragon once, with a head based on the basic shapes of a giraffe. The giraffe head pattern hadn’t been made yet – and the armature I built was way too heavy and clunky! You can see me messing around with it in this video. It did come out nice, though. 🙂

      If I did it again I’d make an interior pattern, just like I do for all my animal sculptures. And I’d use some heavy cardboard for the pattern instead of all the lumber I wasted inside my dragon. You can see how I make the patterns here. Then I’d fill in the shapes with either crumpled paper and masking tape, bubble wrap, or crumpled foil and hot glue. Finish with paper mache. I hope you’ll show us your dragon when it’s done!

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  2. Hallo I want to make a Girl christmas elf,Can someone please give me advice on how to make two blonde paper mache hair plaits?My soon to be foster daughter decided on the description. And i dont want to disappoint her

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    • Hi Arnia. You could crumple three long pieces of aluminum foil into ropes, and braid them. Then add paper mache and paint. That’s the first thing that came to my mind – perhaps someone else has a better idea. How big is your elf going to be?

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      • Thank you for your awesome idea,My elves are about 1metre high,although the Girl will be standing and the boys are in different sitting positions.I am having a tough time getting Drywall joint compound here,dont know if its me that cant find the correct name or Country itself,haha.Tried making the clay last night without it but its seems to look very clumpy,so i dont know if I could have done something better 🙂

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        • I know the joint compound is difficult to find in a lot of other countries, where houses are built with different materials than here in the US. However, I think you do need something to replace the joint compound in order for the recipe to work. If you leave it out, it will be very different – but if you use just paper pulp and either glue or a flour and water paste, you would have a more traditional form of paper mache.

          I tried using plaster of Paris in place of the joint compound, and it worked, although you don’t have as much time to sculpt with it because it will stiffen up in a few hours. It dries very hard, though, and the final sculpture is just as nice as one made with the original recipe. You can find that video here: https://www.ultimatepapermache.com/paper-mache-made-with-plaster-of-paris

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  3. New to paper mache. Im working on a Snoopy and a Woodstock, I forgot to put snoopy’s ears on before I put paper clay on him can i still paper mache them on?

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    • Yes, you can still put them on. You’ll probably need to let the paper mache clay dry, then use some masking tape to attach the ears. Put a thin layer of the paper mache clay over the tape and the lower part of the ears, and let it dry again. Then the ears will be firmly attached and you can continue adding more clay on the top part without the weight pulling the ears off his head. Have fun! 🙂

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    • No, I don’t. But if you put “giraffe” in the search bar on this site, you’ll see that my head pattern has been used by a lot of people to make big four-legged giraffes, with the body armatures based on their own patterns. Lezlei even wrote a tutorial for us, to let us see how she and her husband made a giraffe for her local Vacation Bible School. You can see her tutorial here.

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