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The new toad, and the leaf he’s sitting on, are now painted and ready to go outside.
We received a ton of votes about what to call the new recipe, and “paper cement clay” was a clear winner. People said they liked that name because it says exactly what it is, so that’s what I’ll be calling it from now on.
But remember – it’s still experimental until we’ve had a chance to see how well it holds up through both summer and winter weather. However, I have made several updates on the toad, after two weeks in the rain, four months of summer sun, and then seven months, including a Minnesota winter.
Links mentioned in the video (let me know if I forgot anything):
- Leaf casting video
- Toad sculpting video
- Paper cement clay recipes
- Linda’s mushroom tutorial
- Rustoleum Matte Clear Enamel
- E6000 glue on Amazon (but it was a lot less expensive at my local Lowes)
If you like the masks and wall sculptures behind me in the video, you can see patterns for them, and more, here.
Remember – if you do any experiments with this new paper cement clay recipe and put your sculptures outside, please let us know how well your sculptures hold up in the weather.
You can also show them off on the Daily Sculptors page. In fact, go ahead and visit that page, even if you don’t have anything to share yet, and check out the lovely projects that other people have shared lately. 🙂
Painting the toad…
As you saw in the video, I didn’t buy any extra paint for the toad, or try to make him look like any particular species of toad.
I did want to make him look like the little guy who lives by my back door, but he moves too fast so I can’t take a picture of him. I did look for photos of a toad that looks just like him, but I couldn’t find any.
So I just made up the marking and colors. Buy hey – that works. 🙂
Remember – check back next April or May to find out how he holds up during a Minnesota winter.