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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.
- You can find the post with two versions of the new weatherproof paper mache clay recipe here.
- Making the armature for the toad sculpture with paper cement clay
- The finished, painted toad and leaf are here.
- And click here to download the toad pattern, if you’d like to use mine. Or just draw your own. ?
- And an update on the toad, after he spent the summer and winter outside
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! 🙂