In a post from Mar 2, I started working with paper mache to bulk out sculpts.
Here are the results in short
- Presoak your paper
- Don’t use anything glossy, or the outside advertising on cardboard boxes
- White paper still comes out a little gray
- Egg crates (not the styrofoam kind) just need to be wetted
- It doesn’t take a lot of paper/cardboard/etc to make a bag of paper mache
- The more you pulp up the paper the better the final product
- Your pulp should be the consistancy of a thick mcdonalds milkshake
- If your blender is having trouble grinding, add more water
- Don’t overfill your blender/processor with water/paper
- You dont really need a separate machine besides your food blender/processor, but keep in mind, it will eventually dull your blade
- Use some sort of mesh over a pasta strainer to catch the pulp
- Lift the mesh/cheesecloth/screen and gently squeeze the water out
- Leave it pretty mushy, but so that it can hold its own shape
- Adding white glue will add strength to your final form.
- Put the pulp into a ziplock, and when it is almost full, add a couple of tablespoons of white glue. (for a medium sized bag)
- Leave it for a couple of days in the bag before making your forms so the glue can get everywhere. Knead the glue into the paper as well (inside the bag)
- Make sure the bag has no air in it
- If you squeeze a lot of water out you will leave finger prints, and holds in the form
- Squeezing out less water takes longer to dry, but makes a smoother outer shape
- You can bake the forms to speed up the drying process (I wouldn’t go higher than 250-300)
- You have about 1 week to keep this in a bag before it smells weird.
- The dried forms can be kept forever, sanded and sculpted after dried
Experiements for the future
- Vegetable starch?
- White paper vs brown