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This delightful white-tailed deer was made by Linda Bunnell, the author of this guest post.
She used a drawing she found online to create her own pattern for the deer. Her use of Epoxy Sculp for the fine details of the face and to strengthen the antlers was a good choice, and it worked really well for this sculpture.
Thank you, Linda, for showing us how it was made!
Note – We now have a life-sized deer head pattern. Click here to see it.
How to Make a White-Tailed Buck with Paper Mache
© 2018 Linda Bunnell
Step 1 – the pattern and wire frame:
I started my deer with a paper pattern, then made my wire frame.
Step 2: Filling out the forms:
Then I added aluminum foil, glued in place & taped with masking tape.
Step 3: the paper mache clay:
I covered the body with paper mache clay. I then bent wire for antlers & covered them with JB Weld putty or Apoxie Sculpt, which is what I liked best.
Step 4: Adding details with epoxy:
I used Apoxie Sculpt to fill in muscles & face.
Step 5: Painting
Then it was painted with acrylic paint.
My deer is now ready to set in his pond display which is presently being built.
Hope you enjoyed this little deer
Thanks for watching & thank you Jonni for posting & your great teachings. WHAT FUN !
Here’s a video of the ‘pond’ Linda made for the deer:
10 thoughts on “Paper Mache White Tail Deer”
What kind of wire was used for this project?
Hi joonny thanks for your tips project, sure this is very very beautiful, its awesome. Goodluck for all your projects
Thank u all for the nice comments
I made the antlers out of wire coated with apoxie
turned out great . How did you attach the antlers to the head?
Thanks for all the nice comments & to the questions as to making the antlers. I bent wire in the shape, cut small pieces for points & glued with apoxie. When dry, cover with apoxie, make holes in the head & insert wire.
I attached the antlers by putting a hole in the head & applying apoxie Sculpt
Thank you for the tutorial. You have made a lovely little deer, would be interested to see your pond display when it’s finished, he will fit in perfectly. I’m hoping to make a hare….eventually!
I finished my pond but I didn’t make it of paper. This was the 2nd one. The 1st was paper mâché but had a change of heart because of making the rocks. This one I used foam & carved it.
Nice job on the deer Linda. Thanks for sharing the photos and steps.