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    • Hi Sam – I did receive your post, and your giraffe is gorgeous! But I’m way behind on everything this week, so it probably won’t be up until tomorrow. Thanks for reminding me, though. And thanks for sharing it with us! I’ll let you know as soon as it’s online. 🙂

  1. Good morning! So excited to find your website, thank you so much. Please can you help me with this? I’m in the UK and have found the joining compound you used, but Elmer’s glue is *wildly* expensive here – maybe it’s an import – so …. can I use *any* PVA glue (I’m guessing this is what Elmer’s is) or does it have to be Elmer’s? Thank you in advance from the UK!

  2. Hi Joni and all. Trying to problem solve why the cement paper mache has air bubbles rising after I spread mixture on my armature?

      • Hi!

        I’m the daughter, lol

        So, it is the actual structure (the structure is 3 cardboard boxes covered in aluminum foil – I work at a library and for Halloween we decorate outside and I wanted a stack of books that we could leave out for the season).

        For the recipe I am going strictly by the book (your book, lol) and the only difference is that I am hand mixing rather than using a mixer. My mom did a little research and found that over mixing can cause air bubbles, so I am off to try mixing much slower.

        • To make sure I understand what you’re working with, are you making your sculpture with the original paper mache clay recipe, or the new one that includes the cement? I’ve never seen bubbles in the original paper mache clay, and I always mix it for a long time with an electric mixer. And my dad made lots of things with the traditional type of concrete that includes cement and sand and gravel, and he mixed with a machine without getting bubbles – so I’m still not sure what happened. I hope a cement expert can help explain it to us.

          • Yes, I am using the cement mixture. I just did a second layer, and haven’t noticed the bubbles….yet. I’ll keep you guys posted. Thanks so much for sharing all of your knowledge with us, Jonni!


  3. Has anyone ever used wallpaper sizing/adhesive for Paper Máchê before? I’m teaching a class to upper elementary and middle school kids and thought I might use it in place of flour and water or glue and water for our first project (a pumpkin). After that, I want to use Jonni’s paper mache recipe for our second project so that they get a feel for both.
    Did you like using wallpaper sizing/adhesive and did it dry strong?Thanks!

  4. Hi,

    Your work is beautiful! I am looking for a downloadable pattern for a bird mask for my daughter who’s 7. Do you have one you recommend? She wants to be a raven for halloween this year.

    Thanks! Alexis

    • Hi Alexis. I only have three bird mask patterns, and none of them are ravens. It’s a great idea, though, and now that you mentioned it, I wish I did. 🙂 You might be able to find a papercraft pattern on etsy.com that would work.

  5. HELP
    Need to pick your brains
    Hi all! I’ve got myself in a bit of a pickle. I put together a proposal for an ambitious sculpture project, and lo and behold I have got the funding. Or some of it at least.
    The project is a giant human sized egg, 6ft in diameter using a weather balloon as the base. It needs to be outside for 2 days and people will be getting in and out of it.
    I am a little overwhelmed with recipes and options weighing durability against weight and cost. I think I’m going to use drywall tape for a mesh to reinforce. I considered trying to make a paste version of the weather proof papercrete clay. thought about using plaster strips….
    What would you do?

    • Hi Elspeth. Will there be any weight on the egg when people are inside? In other words, will people be walking on the ground but surrounded by the egg, or will they actually be rolling around inside it? The engineering would be different in those two cases…

      • I should also say that I asked about how it will be used because the coating will only be the ‘skin’ on your egg, no matter which recipe you decide to use. It needs to be put on something that is strong enough for the purpose, even before the coating is added. Do you have a sketch you could share so we can see how the egg will look, with human inside, when it’s done?

        • I would be concerned about the structure and people inside without a significant steel rod armature to support the weight of the sculptural coating. and specifically having arches incorperated on a round structure to support the overhead curves and top sections.

  6. Hi Jonni,
    is it okay for me to teach my after-school teens art class using the pattern I have bought from you?
    There are 12 kids in my group aged 13 to 17.
    regards – Shirley in Victoria, Australia.
    Go the Matildas!

    • Yes, of course you can. That would be great! In fact, we’d love to see how their sculptures come out, and you can show them off on this page – with their permission, of course. 🙂

      • Oh that’s so generous of you. Thank you. Our school year runs from early February to mid-December so I may do it in the new year as I have a program for the rest of the year (which includes some steampunk submarines which should be awesome – we did steampunk seahorses and angler fish last year using foam-core board so they were more ‘2D’. The subs will be 3D). We are half-way through Term 3 of 4.
        I’ll definitely send pictures of their work – I’m pretty sure that they would be stoked to have their work displayed on a USA site.
        Thanks again. Regards – Shirley. Go the Matildas!

  7. Jonni, please help. I followed your recipe for smooth paper Mache but my Mache will not loose its stickiness. I’m using flour and cornstarch but I’m afraid to use more. Should I just go ahead and see what happens?
    We talked about making gargoyles. Have you given it anymore thought?

    • Hi Patricia. It sounds like you might have too much water in your mix. Did you use the gram measurements from the recipe, to make sure you were squeezing out enough water? If you can spread the mixture, it will still dry hard – but it might be difficult to make any small details.

      • Thanks for getting back to me so quickly, Jonni. Don’t you sleep? I was afraid the bills I shredded were way too dry. but then I added water and that may have messed up everything. I also didn’t use a whole lot of flour. Do you suppose I could add more flour or more shredded paper? Right now the Mache is really sticky.


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