paper mache

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  1. Audria007

    Audria007 Rookie

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    Nov 19, 2011

    anyone have and GOOD paper mache recipes?
     
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    i always mix water and flour together and do that
     
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    Flour and water (in a one-to-one ratio) is the easiest recipe to use. It is a bit messy, but art projects should be. It is also the cheapest. Also, it is nice if you don't go with the typical balloon armature. Just crumple paper into a ball, wrap with a little masking tape to hold it together, and mache it. By the way, don't put your (or your children's) paper strips into the paste. It disintegrates and it hard to get the paste to spread evenly. Instead, put only your hands in the paste. Keeping them very wet with paste, apply the paper strips directly to the wadded paper ball. Your wet hands will thoroughly soak the paper and push out all the air bubbles. This technique will dry faster and be much stronger. Good luck and have fun!
     
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    I add a bit of glue to the four and water 1:1 mix......just for good measure? I am sure it isn't necessary.
     
  7. SamIAm

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    I use school glue and water. I would say it's a 1:1 ratio, but I mostly do it by feel. I look for it to be the consistency of a thin pancake batter. I prefer the glue - water mix because it simply works better, creates a smooth, shinny surface on the piece, and it doesn't run the risk of getting moldy or degrading. It is more expensive though.
     
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    Same here.
     

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