How to Make an Owl Mask #2

paper mache owl mask

The paper mache owl mask is now almost ready for the paper mache.

I worked in front of my computer yesterday, looking at photos of the Great Horned Owl that I found on Google Image Search. There are tons of them!

In the video you’ll see the changes I made since I worked on the ‘rough draft’ of the mask, and it now has ears (or horns? they look like ears to me). I’ll do a few very minor tweaks to the clay model, and then let it sit in the freezer for a few minutes while I mix up some paper mache paste.


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Why put it in the freezer? Because the plastilina is so soft that every time I move the mask, I bump the beak and it bends. The cold will harden the clay so I can’t damage the shapes while I add the paper mache. I like to use the soft clay, and if it wasn’t for that beak sticking out, I wouldn’t bother cooling the clay before adding the paper mache. However, a crooked beak just won’t do.

I haven’t quite decided yet if I should use strips of brown paper with flour and water paste, or blue shop towels and the joint compound/glue gesso recipe for paste. Either one would work. If you have a preference, let me know.

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5 thoughts on “How to Make an Owl Mask #2”

  1. Hola Jonni!! espero a ver el √ļltimos video para saver por cu√°l pasta te decidiste, de cualquier manera s√© que lograr√°s una hermosa m√°scara. S√© que el resultado ser√° incre√≠ble, pero ya quiero verla terminada!!! Me gustan mucho tus trabajos Jonni y contigo he aprendido much√≠smas cosas que ni yo misma sab√≠a que podr√≠a crear por m√≠ misma!! Gracias por tus buenos consejos y compartir tu p√°gina con todos nosotros!! una admiradora, desde la ciudad de Aguascalientes, M√©xico!
    Alma Delia

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