Lessons Learned: Making a Giant Paper Mache Dragon

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It’s time to take another look at the giant paper mache dragon I made eleven years ago.

(I can’t believe it’s been that long!)

In this video, I share my honest thoughts on what went right – and what I would do differently if I made something like this again. Are you thinking about making a sculpture with paper mache that’s bigger than you are? Be sure to watch this video first – I’ve learned some valuable lessons after all this time. 🙂

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If you can think of anything else I should have differently when I made this huge paper mache dragon, please let us know in the comments below. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Lessons Learned: Making a Giant Paper Mache Dragon”

  1. Hi Joni – I am reaching out for some help. I posted one of my lights a while back. I have just made a huge light for my daughter. It’s 80 cm circumference- and I made it thin as I wanted a floaty feeling. But as it has been hung its shape has twisted and distorted. I have bodged a solution by stringing fishing wire across the diameter – but will ultimately have to remake it. Do you think if I simply made it thicker it would maintain its form – or should I add a strengthening band – or a chicken wire mesh? Not one to give up on an idea!!

    Would really appreciate any advice.

    Many thanks

    • Hi Bindy. Is it possible that the paper mache clay wasn’t quite dry before it was hung? If it was dry the shapes shouldn’t change at all. It can feel dry on the outside and still be slightly damp on the inside – do you think that might have been the problem?


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