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Topic: Help! My paper mache pulp won't stay together.  (Read 1206 times)
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« on: March 28, 2005 08:42:50 PM »

I'm trying to push paper mache pulp into a human face shaped mask, but it won't stay together when I take it back out. It takes days to dry, and the part facing the mold won't actually dry completely. No matter how much glue I use (I've tried actually soaking the pulp in a pot of flour and water), it crumbles when I try to remove it.

Is the mold at fault, and will it never work? Are some newspapers not suitable for paper mache? Should I just try to use really thin strips instead of pulp? Help please...
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2005 08:17:44 AM »

what type of glue do you add?
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2005 08:33:22 AM »

I really like wallpaper glue for paper mache.

You might try reinforcing the mold with hardware cloth or some kind of mesh.

Have you thought about plaster? It is much more suitable for mold making and fairly easy to use.
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2005 08:24:59 AM »

As a matter of fact, agreeing with Loudieroo...

I've used plaster in mold making.. To make it easier, i bought old thin WHITE!! sheets at the thrift store and ripped them into small thin strips and soaked them in a bucket of plaster, i would then immediately apply them to my wire framework of the mermaid i was working on.
The plaster sheets work well and fit smooth to the framework.. And after it drys a bit (which it dries quickly!) you can apply more plaster to create a more smooth effect and thickness depending on how you want it...

Anyway.. thats my experience, just wanted to share.. hope that helps.

« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2005 02:01:57 PM »

this link has a wealth of information about papier mache (pulp of varous kinds, "paper clay" and strip papier mache) and how to go about it.  I bookmarked it for my own future reference!
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