Sculpt Bear Fur with Paper Mache Clay

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My grizzly bear mask pattern is finished –

This way of sculpting bear fur worked so well that I couldn’t wait to show it to you, so I made this video before it was completely finished. If you’d like to see the completed bear, and the pattern I used to make it, click here.

I did try using a real sculpting tool for the fur, but the lines I got with it were too straight. So I folded a small piece of aluminum foil, and made an adjustable curved tool for sculpting fur.

For the really wild areas on the bear’s head I crumpled the foil “tool” so it was slightly zig-zaggy (that’s a word, isn’t it?) and it added even more of a wild look to the fur.

I used a very thin layer of paper mache clay over the cardboard mask. To make a thin layer, leave out some of the flour in the recipe. You can find the recipe here

>>Do you have any tips for sculpting ‘wild’ fur? Let us know in the comments below.

14 thoughts on “Sculpt Bear Fur with Paper Mache Clay”

  1. This is a wonderful idea I plan to use this for a theme part in a extra room … exciting that it gets very hard

  2. Wow……looks fantastic.
    Love your excitement and the way you explain things so clearly. I cant wait to give it a go.
    Thank you

  3. Jonni! You did it again!
    You keep surprising yourself, don’t you!
    This self-made tool will become part of my arsenal of ideas, too. It is such a versatile creation. It can be shaped in unlimited fashion to meet many situations.
    Thanks for sharing this great tip!
    Bonnie Hollingsworth

    • I just want to say I think this is a wonder idea I am planning on using this to make a animal room for my spare room with a camp lighting themed I love the fact they you said it dries sooo hard

      I plan on making a visiting room safari room style then if it breaks u can make another kid friendly


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