The paper mache raccoon’s armature is almost done, except for the head and a bit of fine-tuning that I’ll do between videos. I changed my mind and decided to give him some corn to hold instead of a fish. No, I’m not going to sculpt the corn – I ordered some Indian corn online. It should be here this week. (I ordered extra so I could make a corn cob wreath a few months from now).
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.
Links to the other videos in this series:
- Paper Mache Raccoon, Post #1 – The Armature
- Paper Mache Raccoon, Post #2 – The Hands and Feet
- You Are Here -> 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
About that raccoon head – it will be sculpted with aluminum foil, not crumpled paper. I find it much easier to get the finer details that way. And this time I’m not going to use the paper mache clay recipe. I decided to use paper strips and paste and then try out Pedro’s toilet paper and glue trick to make the fur. I have no idea if it will work for fur, since I haven’t tried it yet. I’m not expecting it to be entirely realistic, but it should create an interesting texture. And if it really just doesn’t work for raccoons as well as it does for Pedro’s birds, I can always just change my mind again and do something else. 🙂
Am I the only one who has a hard time staying in the house to work on things like paper mache raccoons when the sun is shining? We’ve had such beautiful weather lately, and my new veggie garden is doing really well. Now I’m busy designing the rest of the yard, and I’m hoping I can get a lot of shrubs and native perennials planted for the birds next spring. (The raccoons will probably like the hazelnut trees I ordered, too).
My new town, Hendricks, MN, has so many birds and other wildlife to watch. I even had the pleasure of seeing a large snapping turtle lay eggs in a gravel pile a few weeks ago. What fun! It is kind of sad watching the neighborhood cats killing so many birds, though – but what can you do? If you have any cheap ideas for cat-proof fences, be sure to let me know.
But now, I head back to the studio to finish up that raccoon head. He looks just a little silly without one.