If you add worms to the paper mache mixture and let them work
overnight the project will go faster. Um...sorry. I just had to say
that, haha. I have worms on the brain and I'm not even dead! Blame it
Seriously, without the worms, it depends on how complex your
shapes are...how many appendages, little details. If you are using
cardboard as a base and it is important that it not warp, you will need
to tape it off first...cover the whole thing with smoothed out tape.
Plaster gauze goes faster, I think. ANd it is harder. I did tons of it
for about 5 years in a row. I made chairs with my kids, and then I made
boxes that were more than a box...ie, turning a functioning box into
something else like an animal, for instance. Plastic items do not need
to be taped over before using the papier mache. Neither does wood.
Newspaper needs to be taped so that it will make it stronger and so that
it won't get moldy. My chairs took about a quarter, but they were
nearly life sized. Boxes ended up taking just about as long. I thought
they would be shorter, as we started with a box and added to it. WIth
the chairs we built them from scratch. If you really need to save
time, I think you might want to consider using plaster gauze. WIthout
worms, as well, lol. You still need to tape it all together, but it
doesn't have to be as solidly taped as for papier mache.
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click on "Stories of SJS," click on "Arts Stories," click on Linda
Woods' name. View artwork by Lower, and Middle School students as well
as our art archives.