Witch Cauldron and heads

Made by Anthony Moors

I made two witch heads and a cauldron last weekend.
I used a 5 gallon batch Paper Cement Clay. This is the send time using this stuff and I am happy with it. It is fairly cheap easy to make and to use. The best part is that it is weather proof. I can finally leave my props outside if it rains.
I intentionally made the skin rough on the witches. On the cauldron, I hand smoothed it. It is OK, but I could sand it to make it smoother. I just like the look. To me, it looks like cast iron.

6 thoughts on “Witch Cauldron and heads”

  1. Anthony, I just sent this mail to Jonni, she told me to send it to you>>>> will you help please as far as what you suggest……………

    I have my 7+ foot tall Giraffe, head, body and legs, very close to putting your Paper CEMENT Recipe over it. I have several questions that I just want to go over with you…..please….

    1. According to what I have read on your website, I should first do a thin layer of Paper Cement on the Giraffe, followed by a thicker coat after the first coat has dried thoroughly.
    2. Should I wet down the first coat of Paper Cement a little bit at a time as I add the second layer? Or should I just add the second layer right over the dry first layer?
    3. Do you still believe that the two recipes for your Paper Cement (one with Joint Compound, and one with out) seem to spread the same, but the one with Joint Compound seems a bit smoother after it drys?
    4. Have you noticed any difference in the drying times, cracking, etc with either of the two recipes? Anything?

    I have been working non-stop on this project, and I don’t want to mess it up! Grin If you have more suggestions, let me know…..

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Janice in northern Minnesota, near the Canadian border

    • I am about to cover my outdoor sculpture with cement paper mache clay.
      Are two coats necessary? How do I seal it afterwards?
      I would be interested to know your experience.

      • Hi Christine,

        I put two coats of Paper Mache Cement on my Giraffe. Then I put two coats of Kilz2 sealer on it. Then I spray painted it with a background color. I am using Exterior house paint to paint the Giraffe’s spots and lines on. After that I will seal it with a waterproofing Latex sealer, but as of right now, I am not sure which one. However, in the past I have used, a spray on clear primer/paint covering……doing about three coats of it. So far my cement statues have held up.

        • How long do you wait to add second coat of paper mache cement? And how thin are those coats? I am afraid of losing detail…
          Thanks for your help

    • It’s an experimental new recipe that we’re trying out to see if we can use it for long-term yard art. You can see my first experiments with it here, and the toad that I made here. I think Anthony has done the most with it so far, but a lot of people are trying it out in different environments to see how well it will hold up through the winter.


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