Homemade Paper Maché Clay


Furthering my investigations into paper as a material I sourced a wonderful paper maché clay recipe from Ultimate Paper Maché, a great site for paper maché know-how. I did adapt the recipe somewhat to Australian products but other than that I followed their recipe to a fault.

The result was an amazing air-dried clay. Once dry it can be sanded to an almost porcelain-perfect finish. It holds even the finest of detail well and is very refined and strong.

Here then are a few images showing my investigations with this homemade clay recipe.

 

Homemade paper maché clay that holds great detail.
Homemade paper maché clay. Pliable and holds great detail.
A miniature bowl that I made from the clay, photographed with a pen for scale.
A miniature bowl that I made from the clay, photographed with a pen for scale.
After some sanding the surface was smooth.
After some sanding the surface was smooth. It almost has a marbled look after I added a glaze to it.
The bottom of the mini bowl.
The bottom of the mini bowl.
A mini 'marbled' bowl. Too cute.
A mini ‘marbled’ bowl, top view. Too cute.
From the side.
From the side.

This clay has so much potential, I will definitely be using it again.

Feather


feather
A feather from our pet macaw, Mandrake
stripped
Stripping the feather to expose the quill
braided
Braiding the feather, pretty
quill
The naked quill
bent quill
The quill, bent and snapped

Soda Can


sliced
The top of the can ‘sliced’ off
torn
Tearing strips from the can
torn strip
A torn strip, so pretty.
cut
‘Dissecting’ the can by cutting into it
embossed
Embossed beauty
embossed
The embossing gives it a fan-like appearance
folded
Folded
rolled
Rolled

Bottle Top


impaled
Impaled with a nail.
pock-marked
Pock-marked and punctured
edges flattened
Flattened and ‘turned over’ edges
folded
Folded outward
folded
Folded inward
stacked
Stacked

Clothes Peg


take apart
Deconstructing the clothes peg.
split
I split the wood with a sharp knife.
burn
Watching it burn and smoulder.
carve
Using a sharp knife I whittled the wood.

 

Copper Wire


bent
Bending copper wire by hand is easy as it is soft.
snapped
After too much fiddling the wire snaps
braided
Pretty braid using thin copper wire.
knotted
Knotting copper wire, more satisfying than it looks.
woven
The thinner wire is easily ‘crocheted’ into a frame.
soldered
The best part was soldering the wire together. Very satisfying.

 

Nylon Stocking


stretched
Nylon stretched over a wooden frame.
ripped
Ripped and laddered. This was fun to do.
yarn
I cut strips of nylon which I then used as yarn to weave a spider’s web.
stretched
Nylon tightly stretched over a frame. Pretty.

 

Candle Wax


moulded
Melted, then remoulded into a shape. In this example I embedded cotton string into the wax.
shaved
Shavings. This was satisfying to do.
carved
Carved. Wax is very responsive to carving.

Bubble Wrap


Furthering my investigations of materials as I explore the concept of immigration I next turned to bubble wrap. I chose this material to indicate the packing up of one life to begin another in a new country.

bubble-wrap-ink-green
Cut into strips and inked green with fuchsia.
braided
Braided strips.
inked-melted2
Inked red and melted under a flame
inked-melted
Inked red, melted under the over grill.
bubble-wrap-ink-red
Red ink, looks like blood. Like the blood, sweat and tears that goes with immigrating.
bubble-wrap
The green and red strips merged together with extreme melting under an open flame.

 

Foreign Currency


Exploring the theme of immigration I started looking at how I could investigate foreign currency as a sculpturing material. For this experiment I used South African currency, i.e. Rands. What follows are a few of the results of this investigation.

note-burnt
A R20 bill, burnt with incense sticks, placed against a colourful background
note-glazed
A R20 bill, burnt and glazed. The texture after glazing was wonderful!
note-unglazed
A R20 bill, burnt and rolled, not yet glazed. I love the way the light shines through the holes.
note-woven
A R10 bill, cut into strips, glazed and woven together again. Very satisfying.