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Topic: Papier mache Airedale terrier!  (Read 5906 times)
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ruthiesaurus
« on: June 03, 2009 02:35:16 PM »

Hello everyone!

I'm a long time lurker on the Craftster forums so I thought it was about time that I de-lurked and started contributing. Fingers crossed I've posted this in the right place, I wasn't sure quite where Papier mache things ought to go...

Anyway, it was my Dad's birthday yesterday and it reminded me of the present I made him last year for his 60th. He used to own a dog before he married Mum (40 years ago) and has always wanted another but hasn't felt it fair, what with both Mum and Dad working full time etc. So, I thought it would be nice to make him a little dog to sit next to his armchair in the living room and seeing as his favourite breed is the Airedale Terrier that's what I made Smiley

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gaudiknight
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2009 08:28:56 AM »

He is great!  Very lifelike, and the collar is the perfect finishing touch.  Great job!  I hope your dad likes him.
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2009 11:03:23 AM »

What a great looking little terrier. The collar is a great touch. Cheesy
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mcorwin
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2009 04:26:31 PM »

perfect pet!  no need to water, feed or walk!  Love it  Grin
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ProudMom
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2009 07:36:34 AM »

I love it! How did you get the texture to look like dog fur? Is there wire under there?
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patchyemm
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2009 02:39:40 PM »

He's absolutely gorgeous - what a beautiful face.  So, so clever - I'm amazed you achieved that with paper mach.  I'll bet your dad is thrilled  Grin
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meriweather
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2009 09:34:26 PM »

So cute. Made me remember the dog who lived down the street when I was a kid. She slept in the middle of the street. No one ever hit her. My mom always said if a kid was out there, it would be hit in a sec. Lived til she was very old. Anyway you really captured the personality.
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ruthiesaurus
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2009 08:15:23 AM »

Thank you everyone for your kind comments  Cheesy My Dad was really pleased to recieve him, but I think mostly because I went to the trouble of making something instead of spending my money in the shops.

I love it! How did you get the texture to look like dog fur? Is there wire under there?
I didn't use chicken wire, although you could do. I started instead by bunching up balls of newspaper and building the overall shape by sticking these balls together using masking tape. Once the form looked more or less like I wanted it to, I started layering strips of glue-y newspaper and tweaking the shape with each layer. The final layer was a thin covering of polyfilla which I think is what gives the terrier his rough looking coat and although the majority of his face was built up using Papier Mache pulp, the polyfilla helped a little with refining the details. Then it was just a case of painting him up and fitting a collar Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2009 04:40:15 AM »

The eyes are so soulful and dear.  This Rocks!
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« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2009 07:45:38 AM »

This makes me smile!
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