Step 5: The Art of Papier Mache!

Now that we have our prepared workspace we are ready for paper macheing! To do this with one sheet at a time we get a big piece of whatever material we are using,grab a handful of paper mache glop, and slop it on to the paper. We then lather it around, if the paper is not wet enough we may have to use more. We repeat with both sides. To do a two sheet thick sheet we simply press 2 lathered and ready sheets together and make sure they are aligned.

When we tear off a piece to put on the mold the 2 sheets should feel like one thicker one. I show how big each piece should be when we stick it to the mold in the picture below.

Eventually the entire mold will have to be covered 5-6 times for one sheet pieces or 3 times for two sheet pieces. For the first layer they need to overlap each-other just a little bit but too much of this can lead to lumps in our mask and too little can lead to holes in the mask.

Sometimes if loose ends of paper are sticking up, it is good to dampen your fingers in paper mache and run them along the mask. Make it as smooth as you can. If you are a beginner some of these flaws cna be sanded away in the later steps so don't kill yourself over it.
I don't mean to be hostile..but this is stereotypical and impolite to people of Native American lineage. It would be more polite to call this something like "Tribal-looking Mask" , which may not sound as good but is less racist. Native Americans today are peaceful and not cannibals. They are also not Indians.
First of all this mask is not all stereotypical, the markings on the mask are clearly based on the native americans of the pacific northwest (see step 11) and the over arching concept was based on the hamtasa ritual, in which a dancer wears this mask to represent a cannibal. This does not mean that i think native americans are cannibals, and this mask does not mean that modern day native americans are cannibals either. This mask is not racist, and the instructable is not at all focused on the lineage behind the mask, simply making a sweet looking halloween costume. And i have to say, your comment does not fit anywhere within instructables' "be nice" comment policy. It is neither constructive, nor positive.
I have a question about this one though, say you wanted to make a costume, how could you modify it to fit females?
This is the bomb. Great job!
That looks really good! And I never thought to use phone books for paper macheing... awesome!
Outstanding, Great mask. I have to try this. Thanks for sharing. Very nice instructions also, Well done.
very good mask! clear instructions too.
That's a nice looking mask! Good instructable, but strange for me to read because you and I have such very different approaches to papier-mache. That's why I love reading other mask instructables, I'm always looking for the best alternative to any papier-mache challenge!
How do you papier mache?
Well, there are lots of little differences. I've never used clay, I've never employed a professional papier-mache mixture, I tear my paper into strips before I get them pasty and I often moisten the surface prior to applying the paper. I think I just started out blind and gradually figured out what worked best for me as I went along.<br/><br/>I put in a couple of links below. The &quot;Horror Head&quot; instructable will show you the mask I made for Halloween this year, and the &quot;Montessaurus&quot; instructable is actually a very detailed description of my process.<br/><br/>That's the thing about papier-mache though! There are lots of approaches because it's such a malleable medium!<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Giant_Mask_Horror_Head/">Horror Head</a><br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Giant_Mask_Montessaurus/">Montessaurus</a><br/><br/>
Awesome job Dainius! Very thourogh, nice pictures, clear instructions! Well done! How come I can't rate it five stars?!

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