Experiments with the new weatherproof paper mache clay recipe continue…
This leaf casting is made with the new weatherproof (cement-based) paper mache clay recipe.
After it’s cured and painted, the leaf (and its toad) will go out in my garden. I’ll leave it there through the winter so we can see how well it holds up in the rain and snow. I really want this to work, so let’s all keep our fingers crossed.
(What happened to that rabbit I said I wanted to make? It’s still on my list, but I thought an easier project made more sense for my first sculpture with this weatherproof recipe. I will make that rabbit – and I might make the turtle, too. Just not this week 🙂 )
I used a squash leaf for a mold. I didn’t want to test this new material to see if it would work as a birdbath, so I flattened it to make sure it wouldn’t fill up with water.
I used the recipe on this page that includes the drywall joint compound. I haven’t tried the recipe that leaves out the joint compound, so I don’t know if it would work for a leaf casting or not. If you try it, please let us know.
Also let us know if you have any ideas for naming this material. It’s hard for me to keep saying “weatherproof paper mache clay.” There has to be a better name for it. As I mentioned in the video, I’m leaning towards ‘papercrete mache,’ but I’m not sure that’s the best option. Let me know what you think in the comments below. 🙂
And now, we wait (that’s the hard part!) for the leaf to be completely cured. It still isn’t as hard as it will be, and the curing process takes time. We simply can’t rush it.
In the meantime, I’ll finish the toad and show you how he turns out in the next video. When they’re fully cured the leaf and toad will be sealed and painted.
This is not a fast way to make a sculpture because of the long curing time, but if they survive a Minnesota winter, it will be worth it. Fingers crossed! 🙂