When I do papier mache over balloons I tell the kids to try to build up about
three layers before you leave TODAY. That way if the balloon pops we can stick
in a new one and attempt to save it. I stick the balloon into a hole of the
mache or just behind the mask and blow it up to about the same size. It has
only happened to me a few times but it does work if the mache is thick enough.
We just use newspapers in mache paste 3-5 layers then build up the face with
pulp or colored papers.
> Fellow artsednetters, I am not usually a pouter, but you will have to excuse > me for today. I have had an awful afternoon. I am teaching an art camp this > week. Yesterday my students molded masks over balloon armatures. They were > beautiful! Some of the kids did an amazing job, spending much time laboring > over their artwork. This afternoon when I went into my classroom to check on > the drying process I noticed that three of the balloons had popped and the > masks were no more. They were a combined pile of multicolor paper pulp. > > > > Heather in GA :)