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Paper cement experiment update

Made by Michele Morel

Hello everybody. The lézard I put outside for experimenting the paper cement clay doesn’t feel good after our rainy summer in Quebec. The Color fade out and some white spot appears all over it. It did remain stiff but the result isn’t successful like that. I already repaint it once and revarnish it but now I wonder what should I do to fix it for good. Any thoughts on what went wrong? Any suggestion welcome. Thanks!

lézard made with paper cement clay, showing signs of damage

10 thoughts on “Paper cement experiment update”

  1. Hi Michelle , It appears to me your lizard was not fully cured, dry before you painted him and thus caused some leaching and evervesance issues with the paint. If I color my sculptures with underpinning at all before they are totally dry it is a very thin watered down cor that absorbs completely and does not seal in any if the moisture. When the pieces are Totally dry , my colors are thicker and sealing to the surface. After all painting is complete I spray and roll over a few coats of outdoor concrete sealer. Hope this helps. If you intend to try and fix the lizard again, bring him inside to dry fir several days and bleach the spots. Dry again …. Before trying g to repaint.

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    • Thank a lot for your comments Diana and Lee. As a matter of fact, I believe my error could be like you said about curing. I’ve looked in my notes and I let my lizard soak one night in water on January 25m sand it on the 30. I paint it twice on the 31 and the 1. And the sealer I used could have been not appropriate. So with all your good advice, I will get back to work to do some other test. By the way Lee, I’ve got you book and your work is impressive and inspiring! Thanks for allé the comments!

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      • Thanks for getting my book and the compliment on my work. I do not soak mine at all in water. You might wrap it lightly in plastic to slow dry the first day or two. Then leave to dry completely unwrapped. Good luck on your future projects.

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  2. I use a papercrete mixture almost exclusivly. I live in Florida and have not experienced any issues due to cold temps so can’t comment on that. My problems with the sculptures are my errors in armature and not planning sufficiantly. I don’t seal my scuptures except a base coat of an exterior paint. I prefer regular house paint as it’s somewhat thick and provides a smooth coat for the artist colors to go on, Also saves money because you need much less of the final paints. I have had no isssues with minerals leaching through. Could the white spots be paint peeling? I have sealed in the past and did have problems with the top coat sticking. This happened when sealing prior to paint and sealing finished sculpture and then deciding to add more paint or changes. I do have paint fade issues with the FL sun but this may be also due to the quality of the paint I sometimes use.

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  3. Thanks for showing us your lizard, Michele. I don’t know enough about cement to really comment, but did you seal the paper cement clay before you painted it? I’m wondering if the white spots are from some of the minerals working their way up through the paint – but even if that’s happening, I have no idea why. I hope someone will have some answers for you. I brought my toad inside, just because I don’t have a good place for him outside. I didn’t see any problems with him when he was outside, though, and we got a lot of rain and snow. Answers, anyone???

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    • Thank for your comment Jonni. Indeed I didn’t seal it before painting and I did not find the same product as you to protect it as it is not sold here in Canada. I’m trying a another small sculpture which I will seal before to see if it is better. Will see. I’m sure I will find a way. Thanks for your help and have a great sculpture day!

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