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Re: [teacherartexchange] making a paper mache conche shell


From: Judy Decker (judy.decker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Dec 08 2006 - 04:23:51 PST

Hi Debbie,

Experiment by manipulating a double layer of heavy duty foil. Build up the
paper mache slowly so the shell won't collapse. Use a balloon to keep
the largest part rounded.

You can reinforce parts of it with aluminum window screen. The screen is
easy to cut with scissors and molds quite nicely.

Debbie, tell your tech person that my mail to you is NOT spam. I wrote
to you off list and got a message sent back to me that my mail was
spam and was not sent. My road runner address is the one that was
rejected. I usually reply off list.


On 12/8/06, Deborah Kramer wrote:
> hi all,
> i have just rejoined this list after a 2 year hiatus! I've only been
> signed up for about 10 days but i have noticed that it has changed a lot
> since i left. I have a papermache question that i hope someone can help me
> with. I need to make 24" conch shell out of paper mache. I have used
> paper mache many times to build smaller puppets and animals. for those
> projects i built the armature from paper wrapped in aluminum foil. it was
> easy to figure out how to build animals, for bigger ones i used chicken
> wire for the body. i just can't seem to figure out how to begin to build
> the conch shell form. i looked in the yahoo users groups under paper mache
> but nothing looked to promising. i did a quick check of 3 user groups and
> they all had spam and real estate ads. Very disappointing! i did an online
> image search and turned up a site that makes papermache conch shell napkin
> holders. looking at the picture did not help me figure out how to start
> this project. Any help or ideas that you could offer to me would be greatl
> y appreciated!
> ~~debbie
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