Introduction: Paper Mache Dinosaur

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Here is the finished product first.

Step 1: Chicken Wire

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I started off with a rough shape using chicken wire.

Step 2: Lots of Newsprint and Lots of Flour/water Mix.

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I had a newsprint pad lying for sketches. I cut it up into strips and used that for layering the paper mache.

Step 3: Raising the Cowl

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I decided the cowl was to short. So i cut some more chicken wire and laced into the existing cowl and covered it in more paper mache.

Step 4: Adding Definition

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I used rolled up bits of aluminum foil to add depth around the eyes, horns and beaks and covered it with more paper mache.

Step 5: Mounting

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I had a table top that I had left over from a previous project. I had bought it from Home Depot for about $10. I also had small trash bin in the basement. I attached the two using some screws and balanced the head as centered as possible. I then used a lot of duct tape attaching the head to the base and at the same time forming the basic neck shape. I then covered it with more paper mache.

Step 6: Adding Detail

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I wanted to add more detail to the eyes and mouth area. I again used what I had lying around which was a fire based clay. It really shrunk and cracked on me which i used drywall mud and countless time sanding. I should have used a paper clay with less shrinkage and saved a lot of time.

Step 7: Primer

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After sanding half a day away I finally got it to where it was acceptable and laid down a coat of spray on primer

Step 8: Painting

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I then brushed on "Metal Effects" copper paint by Modern Masters Inc. and applied a blue aging patina to the skin and used a layering of paints on the horns and beak. After the patina did its thing I went back and with more copper to balance out the piece. I added a meaty sawtooth hanger and attached it to the wall. Let me know if you have any questions.

Justin King

Step 9: Finished Shots

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Here it is hung in all its paper mache glory!


PardoByNight (author)2017-04-16

I love the oxidizing copper look it has, it adds a really cool look

pokiespout (author)2017-04-02

Great job sir, glad you've made it to the finals!

shazni (author)2017-03-31


Fuzzy Monkey (author)2017-02-26

Can't believe it's paper! WOW :O

Mad Props (author)2017-02-26

Nice work. Love the mettalic paint!

FishK (author)2017-02-09

That's great ! You have my vote ;)

mikeyb3178 (author)2017-02-05

wow, how much would it cost to buy?

JustinK133 (author)mikeyb31782017-02-05

I have this one for sale for $800 its roughly 36" x 36" x 27"

tinaciousz (author)2017-02-02
JustinK133 (author)tinaciousz2017-02-02

Thanks, I entered!

ronanry (author)JustinK1332017-02-03

I can't see your entrie ???

(or else, i don't know where to vote on this instructables)

JustinK133 (author)ronanry2017-02-03

Yeah I am not sure, it says Ive entered, maybe it takes a bit before it updates?

ronanry (author)JustinK1332017-02-04

It's ok, you have my upvote sir ! :)

JustinK133 (author)ronanry2017-02-03

it looks like there is a vote tab on the top right of the instructable.

aekent (author)2017-02-03

Looks great. Thanks for sharing.

Jedi_zombie85 (author)2017-02-03

This is amazing, nice work

Anirudh Ralhan (author)2017-02-02

That's so freaking AWESOME!!!!!

chechos84 (author)2017-02-02

the final middle photo looks Bad-Ass :)

tomatoskins (author)2017-02-02

Wow, you have done some amazing work! Thanks for sharing!

JustinK133 (author)tomatoskins2017-02-02

Thank you!

jonesaw (author)2017-02-02

Yes! Enter the contest for sure!

About This Instructable




Bio: Im a St. louis based artist. I primarily paint but can be found dabbling in a lot of different mediums.
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