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« on: September 12, 2009 08:17:40 PM »

I needed to come up with a way to display my scarves and neckwarmers, so I made a dressform from chickenwire and papier mache and I'm really excited about it!

That's a really blurry picture, but it's my boyfriend holding the form when it was just chickenwire. Actually, I think it's still missing a shoulder.

And that's the front after a few layers of papier mache. The chest ended up getting really flattened, but I did something about that later.

And that's from the side, taken at the same time as the last one.

And that's what I did about the flattened chest. It's an old bra that didn't fit me well anymore, stuffed with poly-fil. The bra was papier mache'd over.

And that's the finished dressform, after adding a layer of brownish paper towel stuff, and then putting a shirt on it.

I'm really happy with the way it turned out. Sorry for the bad pictures, they were taken with my camera phone.

So what do you guys think?

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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2009 09:02:37 PM »

really nice job! i am needing to make something similar for showing my pieces as well. did you have any trouble with the wire, like it being sharp or being hard to mold into whatever shape?
having the paper mache to stick to it?
any extra tips you can share would be awesome.  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2009 09:05:46 PM »

Impressive, I'm always looking into new ways to make dressforms, I need one but wont spend $100 on one

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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2009 09:33:42 PM »

As far as molding the wire, you probably wanna wear some sort of gloves. It was actually easier than I expected, but it is kind of hard on your fingers.
And to make it easier to get the papier mache to stick, I recommend wrapping the wire form in either tissue paper or paper towel or something similar that you can just wrap around the shape just so the little holes are covered when you start putting the strips of newspaper on it.

« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2010 01:35:46 AM »

I made one of these with a T-shirt and duct tape wrapped around my body to get an exact fit rather than chicken wire.

Funny though, because of taping my boobs it turned out flat chested and I used a shabby old bra too!

PS. If you try the t-shirt and tape method have a friend handy, I got stuck half way as I couldn't move and had to wake my sis at midnight to finish it off and cut me out.
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