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Paper Mache Nativity Scene Cradle
Our friend Pedro Rodrigues makes tiny, intricately-detailed paper mache sculptures, often with historical significance. If you visit the Daily Sculptors page often you’ve probably seen some of his work.
In this video he shows us the step-by-step instructions for creating a tiny cradle for a nativity scene.
Pedro has a unique way of making paper mache “wood” using layers of thin cardboard layered with paper strips and paste. When it’s dry he cuts it into planks. In the video he uses his tiny pieces of lumber to create the manger, just like you would if you were working with real wood (only a whole lot smaller! 🙂 ).
I must try his method of using a mixture starch, glue and water to create a thick wash that can be scratched to create the texture of old wood. And I’d love to have his patience for working with tiny sculptures.
Thanks, Pedro, for sharing your methods with us!
You can see more of Pedro’s work on his website.