Step 4: Applying the Paper Clay

Before applying the papier mache pulp to the form I applied a layer of traditional paper mache (strips of paper dipped in diluted glue). This optional step lets you use a much thinner layer of pulp which will dry much faster.

Smooth the pulp onto form and shape it as you would clay or play dough. If the pulp is too lumpy you can smooth it out with some glue diluted with water.

Don't apply the pulp too thick. Aim instead to apply a couple layers and let it try completely between each application. Keep your extra pulp in an airtight container or plastic wrap so it won't dry out between layers.

If you need to speed up the drying time you can put the whole thing in a warm oven or next to a heater but be careful not to burn it.
Hi hi hi! Firstly, beautiful work! I was just wondering, about how much flour and salt should you use when making the mache pulp? Thank youuu!
for me, the thing that would improve this, is NO real animal fur, which slightly saddened me. Those look like new skins too, in the photo, rather than something old, reused. I wouldn't want to support the demand for more skins, y'know? If a person really wants fur, ( I am thinking real trophy hunter types are not likely &quot;instructable&quot; types, are they? ) how about getting an old coat from Goodwill? Also, the hair dye. How about something less toxic, like one of the henna powders that does not include chemicals. I used to colour my hair with a mix of indigo powder and henna powder, Makes a great dark borwn or black. <br><br>Nice work though. A little less actual-real-looking, and more overly fanciful or OTT would be my preference, insofar as this looks so real, I am left thinking &quot;dead animal&quot; rather than stupendous trompe-l'oeil. <br><br> I fell in love with papier mache in 1987. It IS great stuff, isn't it? A really good book with nice paper pulp work is Papier mache today. It's not the awful stuff most of us experienced in primary school anymore. <br><br>I then a set of dragons using papier mache, cloth mache and what I call silk mache. ( which are not really &quot;mache&quot;, but strips and drapes) And some modelling clay for eyes and teeth, The thin scarf silk makes fabulous tusklike or antler-like stuff. <br><br>Like you, I use a lot of white glue in the work. White glue is fabulous, and combined with cotton or silk makes a very flexible &quot;papier mache&quot; which can really come in handy, depending on the project. Unfortunately, I don't have a scanner right now, and can't upload any pictures. ( I have some old photos ) <br><br><br>I was just thinking today that white glue ought to come in big pails. <br><br>:-)<br>fun stuff! take care.<br>
The fur I used is from an old fur coat I bought at a thrift store. The original tags inside were from 1975. The fur was literally falling apart so it was no longer suitable for clothing. If I hadn't re-purposed the material it would likely have been thrown out.<br> <br> I took apart all the seams before dyeing it which is why it's in the shape of skins at the dyeing stage.
Ah, I'm so glad to hear that. The picture had the look of new skins... looked like antelope or something!<br><br><br>amazing job you did.<br><br><br>
Must you protect the paper clay pulp from hardening while you are waiting for successive layers to dry? If so then how?
Good question! Yes, you need to keep your extra pulp moist so you can use it later.<br> <br> I kept mine in plastic wrap but any sealed container would work too.<br> <br> I'll add that to the instructions now. Thanks!
absurd really, not having a scanner, or a digital camera, and being a member of instructables. Gotta remedy that. So far, have only looked, not lept.
This is so cool. I've been planning to do a psychedelic painted papier mache animal head for a long time, but this looks really cool.
you have unlockt the expert hunter outfit :P
Looks damn good!
Ah so you finished. I saw the developments on your blog but just been pretty busy my self to say any thing about it. Great stuff. <br>Don't know if I would have had it so dark though. <br><br>Oh and if you know some one with an airbrush you can put on some nice markings on it using the airbrush. Now that would look really cool. :D
Thanks : )<br> <br> It actually turned out a little lighter than I expected! I didn't like how orange the fur was so I wanted a dark dye that would cover it and even out the variations in colour. I went with &quot;Natural Black&quot; and it turned out brown (reminds me of a beaver).<br> <br> An airbrush paint job could look really cool (I'm thinking of how awesome <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Realistic-Animatronic-Lion-Mask-with-stereo-night/">this lion</a> looks).
this is awesome i really want to make this
This is totally cool!!
Beautiful! This is something I've always wanted to have, but I never thought of building it before!
You've done it again! This is a really detailed (read: helpful) instructable and the finished product looks awesome!

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