My paper mache on a side table project

Made by Helen Heaney

During a recent trip to Sicily I was inspired by a ceramic side table with a woman’s head and face on the side. It was far too expensive to buy and ship back home (Australia) so I decided I could buy a side table and make the head and face with paper mache. One picture is of my work at one stage in the process, underneath a photo of the table. The other pic shows where I’m at now having used Jonni’s original paper mache clay recipe for the gorgeous texture. I’m going to do the hair differently to the photo and I’d really appreciate suggestions how to make curly hair with paper mache. I have considered shaping it with foil, paper and paper mache clay to create the hair strands, and I’d love to hear your suggestions. I can’t have it too heavy or the table might tip over hehehe

[Note from Jonni: Click Helen’s name to see all the updates on this project.]

My paper mache on a side table project

10 thoughts on “My paper mache on a side table project”

  1. I made progress today thanks to much research. I found your horse mane YouTube lesson Jonni, which was invaluable, and again, your paper mache clay recipe with gram measurements. I used two types and thicknesses of cheap wool and twine-like products, glue/joint compound and paper mashed clay to create and adhere the hair. Fingers crossed it all sticks and dries, ready for the next step.

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  2. I think this is such an interesting idea. I was thinking maybe you could use a comb and drag it thru the mâché. I haven’t done this but it’s worth a try. But obviously Debbie Court would know the best. Can’t wait to see the final piece!

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    • Ah yes, that would have worked too. Thank you for your encouragement and suggestion. I really appreciate both 🙂

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