I added hands and feet to the raccoon armature today, and strengthened the joints where they were attached to the arms and legs with heavy wire.
I had to play around a bit to get him to stand up on his own – as I mention in the video on this page, my trick to getting three-legged sculptures to balance is to make sure the three feet are in a triangle. Before I did some bending and pushing, his three on-the-ground feet were in a straight line. Fortunately, that’s always pretty easy to fix.
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.
- Paper Mache Raccoon, Post #1 – The Armature
- You Are Here -> 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)
- Paper Mache Raccoon, Post #5 – Adding Features and Fur
In the next session I’ll add the padding to the armature to get him ready for the paper mache. I know I’ll use aluminum foil padding for the toes and fingers, but I haven’t decided yet what I’ll use for the body and face.
Once the padding is on this guy, I’ll be able to tell if the armature was designed correctly. He looks really silly right now, but if all goes well he should turn out rather nice. I intend to play around with the final finish, but I haven’t entirely decided how I’ll do that, either. This is one sculpture that I’m really making up one step at a time.