Step 16: Paper mache - glue to cardboard

Cut a head shape to fit in your window, from heavy cardboard.  Cut round eye holes slightly smaller than the paper mache eyes.  You can use the medium mixing bowl as a template, trace around it then cut about 3/4 inch inside the line.

Draw a horizontal line on the back of each eyeball .  This is so that you can tell that they are properly oriented when gluing them in place.  Place the completed eyeballs face down on the floor and place the cardboard on top. Use books to support the cardboard in a level position.

Rip one sheet of newspaper into small strips.  Mix up a small batch of paste (about 1/2 cup).  Use paper mache strips to glue the eyeballs in place.  Make sure you cover all cracks to prevent light leaking.  Leave to dry overnight.
<p>Does it make any difference as to how deep the box is and/or how far the 'eye' is placed from the front (affecting the depth of the box).</p>
<p>My experience is that having the depth of the box equal to about 1/4 to 1/3 the width of the eye works best. For example if the openings for your eyes are 3 inches wide, the box should be about 1 inch deep.</p><p>For the paper mache eyes, I made the eye front and the eye pupil spherical in shape. Ideally the centers of those two spheres should be at the same point.</p>
Thanks for the inspiration. I attempted this project for Halloween 2011.<br> <br> I only created one large monster. I'll set it out on the deck for Halloween, but right now it stands behind the patio door.<br> <br> For the &quot;follow you&quot; effect to work the pupils need to look like circles from what ever angle they are viewed from. When using a half dome for the pupils like I did some of the effect is lost.<br> <br> Either a black circle, or a black ball at the back is what is needed. More like the smaller eyes as the instructable describes. I think a circle of black felt glued to the back would work best and be easier or a ping pong ball painted black would work best.<br> <br> Hint: The matter the black paint the better.<br> <br> Jim
Good suggestions, and great job with your monster!!!
I LOVE this, and am trying to do it, but I'm not sure that I have the steps right. If you read this, could you please reply here to let me know? Thank you !!<br><br>- Cut out the eye outlines from the front of the box, and glue white paper inside that box.<br>- Cut out eye outlines from the back of the box, paste white paper with pupils drawn for the eye outlines in the back of the box.<br>- Glue the box together (or tape), and add the lights coming into the box through the cardboard you have the box mounted to.<br><br>Is that it? The photos here look like the eye is not lit from within but rather like it's flat, the pupil drawn onto the white paper pasted inside the front of the box, so I just wanted to double check that. Thanks !!
Hi,<br>Let's see if I can clarify a bit...<br>- Cut out the eye outlines from the front of the box, and glue white paper inside the front of the box.<br> - Don't cut holes inthe back of the box. Paste white paper with pupils drawn in the back of the box.<br> - Glue the box together (or tape), and add the lights coming into the box through the cardboard you have the box mounted to.<br> <br>The eye is lit from within the box, the pupil is inside the back of the box.<br><br>I hope this helps!<br>
Very cool. Will have to buy some lights on sale after Christmas for next Halloween. : D
So, it's basically a light box? Very nicely done, and a very simple, subtly creepy effect. Do you have more pictures of the finished beasts, especially the large sized &quot;papier-mache&quot; one?
I'm not sure what a &quot;light box&quot; is but it sounds like a good description. Good suggestion, I added a few more photos.
Well a &quot;Light box&quot; is basically a box with light in it. It's used to give an even illumination for a variety of purposes, either as a tool for tracing and copying, viewing transparencies or also for purposes like this to display objects or images.<br><br>I like the additional images that big beast with the horns is very impressive. A little late for Halloween this year, but next year...

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