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It does not if it paper mache, silicone, clay or concrete - the better you make the surface when building the less work you have to fix the surface once cured ;)Paper mache is quite easy to smooth out while still wet.Have a bowl of water next to you and use the wet fingers to smotth the surface, for big and flat area a plastic spatula comes in handy too.
I'm doing something like this. Thanks.
If you have used a hard setting glue, sand the surface down to a smooth finish.
Remember the paper was a tree once so you can treat it as wood.
It's to soft to sand. But thanks anyway :)
Noticed two other techniques: one is to use paper clay and the other is to use Gesso. Check out these two videos:
HOW TO SMOOTH PAPER CLAY
Bauta Masks - Making Paper Mache Masks Smooth
Sorry the solutions are not mine, and the second video is kind of a teaser. However, paper clay is easy to make and basically is just an extension of paper mache technique. There are some really beautiful Japanese works done in this medium. Also, the gesso idea is probably some sort of gesso + paper clay (i'd guess). Gesso is a very common base paint for canvases. Making it thicker / thinner is well documented.
Hopefully just knowing these two starting places will get you a solution. Post if you find a nice solution!
If the shield is too soft to sand, smooth it off with a car body filler like "Bondo".
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Posted:Jun 17, 2015
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