The paper mache raccoon is done! Well, almost done – I need to let it dry for a few days before giving it a few coats of matte acrylic varnish, but for all practical purposes…
If you’d like to make a raccoon sculpture like this one, you’re welcome to use my pattern. Click the button to download the PDF.
This raccoon was an experiment to see if we could use the blue shop towels with a paste made with corn starch. It worked, but I much prefer the joint compound and glue paste with this kind of paper. That said, this is now one of my favorite sculptures, and the pattern has been downloaded by many of my readers for their own raccoon sculptures.
To see the other posts in this series:
- Paper Mache Raccoon, Post #1 – The Armature
- Paper Mache Raccoon, Post #2 – The Hands and Feet
- Paper Mache Raccoon, Post #3 – Padding the Armature
- Paper Mache Raccoon, Post #4 – The Shop Towel Mache (and new toes)
- You are here -> Paper Mache Raccoon, Post #5 – Adding Features and Fur
To see all of the videos on one page, click here.
Because of all the experiments, I really wasn’t sure how well this fellow would turn out. But now that he’s done I’m really happy with him, and I learned a lot in the process. I’m very happy with the fur, and I would definitely do that again. However – next time I’ll use the joint compound and glue paste. You can find the recipe on this page.
The clay I used for the features is actually called Apoxie Sculpt, not what I called it in the video. Nice stuff. And as I mentioned in the video, the paste I made with corn starch takes forever to dry in humid weather. Other than that, though, it’s a nice paste.
And now – on to my next experiments!