Now comes the step when you get to cover the masks in paper mache.
I found a recipe online from the ULTIMATE PAPER MACHE website. A recipe perfected by a woman named Jonni Good.
Here is her website if you want to see the paper mache clay in action.ultimate paper mache
Basically we thought that this recipe would be easiest to use to add detail to the masks without making them too heavy.
It does have a lot of ingredients that you may not already have. But it worked well for us and was actually really inexpensive to make. I recommend this recipe for these masks but you do not have to use it. you can work with regular paper mache and paper strips if you see fit!
Wet the toilet paper to a pulp. remove water and add all of the other ingredients. Mix well by hand (or Jonni recommends using a hand mixer)
- Cheap toilet paper (measure the wet paper pulp, and use 1.24 cups – some rolls contain more paper than needed)
1 cup Joint compound from the hardware store (get “regular,” not “fast set” or “light”.)
3/4 cup Elmer’s Glue-all
1/2 cup White Flour
2 tablespoons Linseed Oil
Tada! paper mache clay!
I have posted photos of the detail of our masks but what you decide to add is up to you!
I made a nose and eyes for Barbara and I also made individual teeth out of the clay. You do not
have to do this. you can let the detail come out in the paint it is totally up to you!
For Adam we basically just covered the paper and tape, we added ears out of the clay and minor detail to the eyes.
This stuff is REALLY easy to use. It sticks to everything and dries hard like a cast. just keep in mind that the more you use the heavier your masks will be.
*Tip You can store this paper mache goop in an airtight container in your fridge so that you can add onto the masks later. I kept a small bowl through Halloween week so that I could touch up the masks if they needed it!
Let them dry for about 2 days.