Thursday, January 29, 2009

Paper Mache Doll-Body Parts

I was very anticipatory the next morning, I'd removed the balloon the night before, removed her from the bottle and laid her on the side that was most dry. Here's what she looked like with a light sand. (amazingly enough she was quite hard, and light!) The inside hadn't completely dried must to my surprise!?!! But I could see light spots in her head where the paper mache got thin, I also needed to mache underneath the breast plate. Even though it's not going to be seen I feel the more the reinforcement, the better. Before I dragged out my torn newspaper and paste, I might as well as scale the size and prepare the limbs.


This is my materials for my arms and legs, much to my delight I found sheet rock tape kicking around, just waiting for me to grab it!



I fashioned a set of fingers out of cardboard, glued it to my wire, wrapped with batting and secured with the sheet rock tape. It sticks soooo well to the batting! My other alternative was thread, but I'd been forever wrapping, this was much easier. I forgot to say, put your paste in a air tight container, this way it will last.




How time consuming these are! As a matter of fact....dare I say they are harder to do then the head!?! Most of my time was spent spinning the limb in a tight grip so to "skinny" up the long bones. Then what a horrible time I had trying to match the foot size, which BTW is going to be clad in shoes. Jack of all trades made fun of me by calling it club foot. Har! Har! Har!.....Hard, hard, hard!





I applied small bits of paper to the areas I needed to complete on the head and then finger applied the paste as thick as I could, all over.


Oh, something came to me in the middle of the night.....




I added a surprise to the head. C&G Design.



7 comments:

tina said...

It is coming right along. Are you going to make a full doll out of paper mache?

I fixed the bottle tree snafu. I must've been tired or something. Thank you for telling me, I never would've known.

Jean said...

I just can't imagine doing the arms, fingers and feet!!!! You go girl as it looks like you are getting it right.

Skeeter said...

You are doing a whole doll? You are brave and patient too! It does look like a tough job. Wonder if you will take on a second one like this. Hum, you are now thinking, I must get this one Finished first! Looks very interesting...

Dawn said...

Hi guys,
Yep, I made a doll out of pm, the torso is cloth. I finished her yesterday and I've moved on to another project. Won't be doing another doll unless I pulp the paper.
I figured you must of been tired Tina. I went to bed at midnight and the links weren't on as far as I know.
Cleaning my office and purging things from 04 can you believe it? This house.......took up everything I tell ya!

Kathleen said...

Spinning limbs? Bravo for taking on this challenge. I'm just trying to make a pillow cover today. Been awhile since I've sewed. Hopefully the sewing machine won't fly out the window. How much snow did you get? I think it has warmed up some. Hugs,

Dawn said...

Kathleen, you are too funny, sometimes I feel that way about my computer only my moniter will get it! We got a foot of snow, yes the sun was warm today.

FJL said...

Hi Dawn, thanks for stopping by in my blog. You must sure be a hardworking person and patient to have those stuffs sticking and gluing where time is very consuming. I envy your diligence and perseverance. A great blog with great ideas :)