Here’s my entry in the “Three-Hour Paper Mache Challenge.” As I mention in the video, it took less than three hours (not including the drying time, of course). Since I never timed myself before, I thought I needed to hurry a lot more than I really did.
If I needed another chicken clock, I think I’d do it differently the next time. I’d make it the same way I make the doll heads – replacing the paper mache layers with two layers of plaster cloth, and then in about ten minutes, when the plaster has set up, I’d add a layer of the new air-dry clay. If you did it that way you could add nicer feathers, like I did on the raven, and you could make it look like a porcelain clock if you wanted to. But hey – for an inexpensive three-hour project, I think this one turned out OK. Let me know what you think.
The recipe for the fast-setting paper mache paste:
Mix together –
1/4 cup (60 ml) white glue (Elmer’s Glue-All or any PVA glue)
1 tablespoon (15 ml) cold water
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vinegar, any kind
Then mix in –
1/4 cup (60 ml) plaster of Paris
These are all volume measurements. I have not weighed the ingredients, but the exact measurements aren’t terribly important anyway. If you come close, the paste will still work. It sets up fast so you can remove the paper mache from the mold more quickly than you can with normal paper mache paste. However, it still takes time to dry.
If you’d like to see my mask book I mentioned in the video, you can find it here.
If you’d like to see a mask being made using this technique, there’s a three-video series beginning here.
And if you’d like to post a tutorial showing us how you created a paper mache sculpture (or any other paper mache project) in three hours or less, please use the form located here.