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A few weeks ago a reader named Addie sent me an email describing her latest project – a full-sized skeleton made from PVC pipe and paper mache. Just thinking about all the challenges in a project like that makes my brain hurt, so I had great respect for Addie, even before she sent photos of her pile of bones.
Yesterday she sent some photos of the skeleton, and she’s made great progress. I’m happy that she gave me permission to let you all see what she’s done so far. She said she would appreciate any tips, but the bones look great to me. I can’t wait to see the skull.
The only suggestion I made was to try the new paper clay recipe with the aluminum screen mentioned in the video for the ribs, just because it might be easier than getting the Claycrete to stick to her wire form. Photos (and a slightly edited version of her two recent emails) below.
I just wanted to show you some progress. It has become quite the multi-media mache. I wanted to try some of that Claycrete for some detail and around that rib cage. The other picture is a pile of arms and legs. …… I fitted each joint (elbow, knees, hips, etc.) with elbows for the cpvc. The arms have a 45° angle and the legs or knees and such have a 90°. Then when I am completely done I can just pop them back on the “joints”. (I have left room and tested that part as well).Thanks for the heads up about the screen. I have been wondering what to put around the rib cage. when the Claycrete gets heavy the lead wire doesn’t seem to want to hold up so well. but, live and learn.I would love to get some feed-back from others so feel free to put it up on your site, and once again thank you so much. Addie