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rosemarybeetle PRO 10:35pm, 6 September 2010
This topic is for anyone who has examples of making parts straight from a model with papier mache. I have an example but feel free to add any others to the end!
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Here's how I make small puppet bits that don't need to be completely accurate (e.g. hands, feet, props). I don't use this for heads because I like to get better defined features, so in those cases I make a model, then a mould of that, then papier mache into the mould, BUT this method is much simpler and quicker, and doesn't need any fiddly plaster. The bigger the model, the more this method makes sense too as the imperfections in a very large model really don't show.

So here's a pair of boots.

step 1.
I looked up some old shoes to get a picture in my head of roughly what I want. This sort of thing was the original inspiration

collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O78894/pair-of-shoes/

step 2.
I might draw it out, but in this case I just modelled it from the picture in my head
Puppet Boots in Plasticine by rosemarybeetle


step 3.
cover it in papier mache. This is torn brown parcel paper (very fibrous) and PVA diluted 1:1 with water. You need to work the edges to avoid creases
Puppet Boots by rosemarybeetle


Step 4.
Once dry, cut open the top of the boot.
Finishing papier mache boots 1 by rosemarybeetle


Step 5.
Scoop out as much of the plasticine as you can. You sometimes have to leave a bit if you can't get a tool under a recess. You can leave some in on purpose too if you want to leave some weight in the shoe.
Finishing papier mache boots 4 by rosemarybeetle

It should end up like this.
Finishing papier mache boots 5 by rosemarybeetle


Step 6.
Tidy up the rough cut edges with some more papier mache.
Finishing papier mache boots 6 by rosemarybeetle


Step 7.
Painting. Here it's black PVA poster paint
Judy's boots by rosemarybeetle


ta-da! These have had two coats of spray-on acrylic lacquer
Judy's Boots by rosemarybeetle


That's it!
BigBadgers2001 8 years ago
That's great. Thanks for the tip.
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rosemarybeetle PRO 8 years ago
Hi. you're welcome. The same method works on a big scale with chicken wire. You can make a big shape like a head, then cover it with cling film, then papier mache it. When dry cut it in half and remove the chicken wire, and stick it make together.

Here is a lobster done using that method:
Lobster by rosemarybeetle
0olong 7 years ago
Very nice indeed. I've been thinking along similar lines, good to know it's something other people have actually tried and had success with!

It hadn't occurred to me to build on chicken wire but then take the chicken wire out. That's a very interesting proposition...

How much does the kind of paper you use matter, do you think? I'm currently thinking of making a lot of hollow papier mache teeth, so I'd like to use some kind of white paper but I'm wondering what would be best...
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