3 thoughts on “My student’s ultimate paper mâché sculptures”

  1. Janice, I’m jealous! I want to be your student! That’s what I say when I admire creations like these. These are wonderful. I love the turtle. I tried one five years ago and haven’t gone back there. Really nice.

    The koi is exceptional. As I’ve said a million times, we had a 9000 gallon koi pond and 63 large koi in it (until winter hit -50). The painting on this fish is the best. Thank you very much. Koi have such personalities. Very moved by this one.

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  2. Fabulous sculptures! Your students should be proud of their work, as should their teacher! The crack is perplexing, but it should easily be repaired with a bit more clay. I would put a small amount of glue/water mix on the crack first, then apply the clay, let dry and repair the paint job.. it would be a shame that the crack would ruin this splendid sculpture. How old are your students?

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  3. Hi Janice. Your student’s work is really nice – but the crack is perplexing. I’ve never seen anything like that, except when I use the air dry clay recipe and didn’t make sure the new pieces of clay were melded completely with the old ones. The clay shrinks a little when it dries, and that caused the seams to pull apart. I think your student is using the original paper mache clay recipe, though, and it sticks to itself really well so that shouldn’t be a problem.

    What kind of armature was used under the paper mache clay? If it was so hard that it couldn’t shrink a little when the clay was drying, that could cause the crack. Or, if the paper mache was applied thickly, that might cause it.

    I’m hoping one of my readers has a better explanation – and a way to keep it from happening again! Anyone??

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