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Important Note: I used drywall (plaster board) for the pattern on this project, just to see if it would work. It didn’t! Use cardboard, instead. I also used Super Sculpey as the form for the head and I forgot to remove it after the paper mache was dry, like I should have. The oil in the modeling clay seeped through the paint and ruined part of his face. It took about a year for the spot to show, but then it just kept getting bigger. I also used Super Sculpey for my giraffe head -but I did it right that time, and cut the head open to remove the clay. Live and learn. 😉
I can see now that I really need to build a solar dryer if I’m going to continue making larger paper mache animal sculptures. It’s warm enough on my front porch to make wild yeast happy (that’s why paper mache paste gets that watery grey liquid on top if you leave it out for a few hours in this nice weather. The Alaskan gold miners called the alcohol in that liquid “hooch” and considered it a benefit of making sourdough bread).
However, it’s not warm enough to dry my horse fast enough to suit me, so I’m going to build myself a solar dryer. That’s next week’s project…
But I am making progress. The modeling on the body and legs is pretty much done, and I will do the face details tomorrow out of Super Sculpey.
I found a great website today that show the bones inside the legs. I wish I had found it sooner. It would really help in modeling those bumpy joints. I also found a site that shows an entire horse skeleton. It’s interesting that the horse’s backbone is actually straight. The curves at the shoulders and rump are not caused by the spine curving, but are long protrusions of the vertebrae for the attachment of large muscles.
I hope I have a foal’s head modeled for you tomorrow.