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« on: March 17, 2004 07:28:10 PM »

i want to make a life-size sculpture, but basically, all my figure-bases fall apart or look really awkward.  i don't know why this is so hard  Huh  has anybody done a project like this before?  thanx.
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2004 08:04:46 PM »

Well I'd imagine creating some sort of "base" would give enough support to keep it from falling apart...

Like use something along to lines of that mesh screen stuff that you use for windows and shape it to what you want, then put the paper mache on top of that...

Maybe something else would work also?

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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2004 10:01:45 AM »

The following link is very informative about the construction of sculpture armatures.  It doesn't discuss anything life-sized for full body sculptures, but the construction techniques should still apply, and the gentleman who wrote the article also offers to help via email in any questions concerning the construction of armatures.  

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Articles2/67/70/
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2004 01:50:14 PM »

CHICKEN WIRE!

When I did all my school paper mache projects I used chicken wire as the base... And if I am a total redneck because my parents had chickens, it is the wire with holes and it molds VERY easily. You can find them with small or big holes. I think Lowe's might have it.

And my friend made a paper mache horse when she took horse back riding lessons (she hated it, since she was oldest she got to make the stupid horse!).
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2004 10:43:57 AM »

There's this guy out in California that's made quite a few very cool paper mache stuff, he did life-size Elvis, that now lives at some yahoo offices!!

It's really cool!!  

http://www.cockeyed.com/incredible/incredible.html
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2004 10:49:49 AM »

And if I am a total redneck because my parents had chickens, it is the wire with holes and it molds VERY easily.

aww, you're no redneck...  I know people in the middle of a suburb area in michigan that have chickens!

I second the chicken wire.  also, a large styrofoam egg shape works well as a head.  you can carve away at it a little to get basic details, or just build them up with the paper mache.  we made paper mache heads using styrofoam eggs in middle school and they turned out well.
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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2004 03:50:18 PM »

thanks everyone.  yeah, chicken wire was my first idea, but i'm living in argentina, and i can't seem to find any.  (there are alot of useful things i can't get here - like shellac Sad )  
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« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2004 07:49:30 AM »

Okay, I am in a very similar situation. That is, some of the younger kids at my school are doing Peter Pan for their play this year, we're not really equipped to fly kids, so, we're making rod puppets. Rod puppets are basically giant, jointed, life sized puppets that you move around on the stage. These things have to be really big, but also light enough for 9th graders to hold up in the air, plus they have to look like the actors. I have no idea what to make the foundation out of though. What kind of stuff have you tried?
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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2004 09:33:00 AM »

What about wire hangers?
I used some as the base for a small-ish project & they worked really well-- not too heavy, yet substantial, and I think they are available somewhat universally.
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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2004 12:33:52 PM »

I love the cockeyed.com guy!  He has done some funny stuff.

If you can't find chicken wire or screen, you may be able to use aluminum foil over a simple wood form.  Think of making a simple stick figure out of wood and crumpling the foil over it.  Then apply your papier mache over that.
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