paris cat .. precautions

Made by Stephanie Nasshahn

As recommended by Eileen I took precautions inside the box in case of warping. Hope this works!

— Oops – the precautions I took did not work. She warped anyhow. It’s OK, I need the practice before I get back to my snow owl sculpture!

cardboard warped with paper mache

12 thoughts on “paris cat .. precautions”

  1. Stephanie, thanks for sending us a photo showing the cardboard after it warped. I posted it above. If you’ve made up some of the paper mache clay, you could use it to smooth the cardboard and make it flat again. 🙂

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    • Jonni,
      I added some wooden slats o the edges, with gorilla glue, clamped them and the edges are straightening up! Will see if I still need to do that, great advice! Thank you
      Stephanie

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  2. Did you saw up an old broom handle for the scaffolding? Ingenious! I wonder if you had covered the cardboard with something waxed or even cling wrap before putting on the paper mache, would that have helped? We will have to just keep experimenting. I hope the top still fits too!

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    • Eileen, thats so funny! It’s actually bamboo, we grow it here in our yard. Should’ve worked but lesson learned!
      Next time I use wood inside to ensure stability! Thanks for hanging in there with me! If the lid doesn’t work out I will make lid a picture that lights up! Live laugh LEARN ?
      Stephanie

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      • That’s for sure! Next time I do a box of any sort, I will find a solid wood box, cover it with plastic wrap or bag, then do the paper mache. No warping over something solid!
        Keep us posted as to the final result!

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  3. I hate myself for saying it, but this morning while walking my dog, we came across Styrofoam out in the sagebrush. I thought of your box and wondered if you had used Styrofoam if that would have kept it from warping. Well, maybe something to try in the future. Thanks for the progress photos.

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    • Rex, ya know, one of those Styrofoam coolers would work! I’ll have to try that for my next cabinet project! All is not lost yet!
      Thank Rex!
      Stephanie

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      • I’m happy to see this on-going project and the comments. I have used Styrofoam and haven’t had it bend yet. I think Eileen’s comment about covering it with cling wrap would have solved the warping problem also. Maybe cling wrap and then masking tape. (I’m the speculating one here, trying to learn something.)

        Can’t wait for the snowy owl. Great.

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        • Whats cool is the door didn’t warp. On the inside of the door I had paper straps and on the outside where the cat is, was almost covered in masking tape. I’m thinking that is why I had no warping on the door. I sure do appreciate all the help I’m getting through this process, thank you again Rex

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  4. Jonni,
    hi, no it actually didn’t work. I did get some warping. Its not bad, but its annoying. My niece won’t mind though. Now I’m just hoping the door still fits! Hahaha. The door had no warping at all. Life is a lesson, right!
    Take care
    Stephanie

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