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  1. Has anyone ever tried doing a papier-mâché box? I’m making a craft closet for my craft and sewing supplies. I’m not able to find the boxes that I like at a good price or that fit my needs to put in there. I started thinking about those small papier-mâché boxes that you can buy at the craft store. I wondered if you could get those in a larger scale. I couldn’t really find any so decided to make my own. Hoping that papier-mâché will make it sturdier and give the finish I want it to have.

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    • Hi Sarah. Quite a few of the people who submitted ideas for our “practical paper mache” project used flat cardboard to make various boxes and shelves. The biggest problem with using flat cardboard with paper mache is that it tends to warp, although Stephanie recently made a jewelry box and was able to overcome the problem by wrapping the cardboard with masking tape.

      I think it’s a great idea to use paper mache to make a cupboard to store craft supplies, and if you use sturdy cardboard it should be strong enough. But do some tests firsts to make sure you can keep the cardboard from warping.

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      • Thank you for the fast response! Good to know about the jewelry box. My trial run is with foam core put together with masking tape and it’s REALLY taped up with masking tape. I’m down to the end of my second roll. I took a picture of it all taped up and will post on the practical papier-mâché page when done. Will include photo of final product. The next time I’ll use taped up cardboard to see how it turns out. Thank you again!

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      • Second thought on cardboard—I read if painting on cardboard using acrylic, prime first with white gesso. I wonder if the cardboard was sealed with gesso if that would prevent warping? I would probably seal then tape anyway but it’s a thought.

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  2. Hi Again Jonni,

    I am doing my first cardboard armature and filling it in with aluminum foil. It is a fairly small piece, 10″ x 4″. It is a sugar glider. I am having one heck of a time applying the foil. I am having to use a lot of my glue gun. Is that normal?

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    • Probably – you can use less glue if the pieces of foil are larger, or if the foil is crumpled tightly enough that you have more flat surface to attach to the next piece. Maybe someone with more glue gun experience than I have will be able to be more helpful… 🙂

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      • I was just going to ask the question of which glue sticks to buy, as I was trying to glue aluminum pieces together and was also having issues. I’ve had these glues stick probably for 20 years. So, there is probably better options out there now for them.

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  3. Jonni, I have your book, Make animal sculptures. I was wondering, when you are making your own pattern from a photo, how do you know what size to make the styrofoam blocks for the legs? Do you just guesstimate and then adjust accordingly?

    Thanks, Sharon

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    • Hi Sharon. I think it’s fair to say I guess, but I try to look at photos of the animal from the front and back. This shows you the width of the animal’s chest and rear, so you can make a good guess. If you’re still really not sure, an easy way to make the separators adjustable is to use crumpled balls of foil instead of the foam blocks that I used in the book. You can squish the foil if you decide the legs are too far apart, and you can change the angle of the legs, too. I hope this helps. Have fun! 🙂

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  4. Hola Jonni saludos fraterno desde Venezuela. Amiga yo trabajo con papel mache pero necesito plantillas de las mascaras, estoy haciendo un trabajo que es realizar las mascaras de los animales , para hacer una gran asamblea y discutir y difundir los artículos que aprobaron en la asamblea nacional en defensa de ellos, soy una mujer humilde y no tengo recursos para comprar esas plantillas pero quiero trabajar ayúdeme por favor.

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