I needed a top piece in order to make a cage skirt for the fancy lady as I didn't have a wooden round the right size. Cut two circles out of thick cardboard and papier mache'd them together. Later, when the papier mache' was dry, the piece received a coat of paper clay, and after sanding and painting, will serve as the top of the cage.
And so it goes,... Extra flour paste? Make something else. Not enough flour paste to finish? Make some more. Extra flour paste?
Well, maybe I'm exaggerating a little, but truly, I can end up spending days, off and on, working with papier mache'. With the oven on low, I can dry pieces in between coats. Which also means I need to have something else to work on while those pieces are drying. I end up switching the pieces in and out of the oven every five minutes or so.
It is messy work. If my noses itches, I can't scratch it because my hands are covered with flour paste and stray bits of paper that I'm trying to shake off.
But--I'm not going to do that this time! I've already spent enough time with sticky hands and paper strips. Time to move on.
Fee is Natchez connecting with old high school buddies. He's having a great time reminiscing and I'm having a great time making a huge mess. Yes, I'm always making a huge mess, but usually I keep it in the studio...this one has spilled downstairs.