Paper mache has been around longer than you might think. Try the Han Dynasty 202 b.c. The Chinese invented paper first and then paper mache. You know what they used paper mache for? Helmets!!! It does not seem to safe all tho they put layers of laquer on them to make them hard. I still do not think i would trust wearing one! It was expensive back then because it was very hard to get.
The tenth century it was introduced to France.That is how it got its French name paper mache.It means chewed paper. I wonder if they actually oh never mind. Once introduced to England, they really liked it.They made trays,chairs,tables,lamps,shelves and who knows what else.If you run across any antique paper mache items ,it just might be worth some money. Paper mache furniture was very popular back then and a collectible today.
There was a church made from paper mache. It lasted 37 years believe it or not. There was even boats made out of the stuff. You can pretty much make anything out of paper mache and we are going to make a peace sign to hang on the wall!
lets make the paste
1 cup flour
1 cup water
mix the two together until there are no lumps If the mixture is too thick add a little more water and vice versa
Take your wire hanger and make it as round as possible. Keep the handle on it. It will be the top part of the peace sign. Start rolling up newspaper and tape it all the way around the wire hanger leaving the handle sticking out.
3 wrap paper around like in picture above. 4 roll some more newspaper into tubes tape them in the middle part of the peace sign like the picture below
Thought this was cool .
Now comes the messy part
Dip a paper strip in flour concoction and start wrapping it around the peace sign.Wrap around until the whole thing is covered even the middle part. Try to cover gaps, dents and make it as smooth as possible Now you will have to let that dry over night. When it is dry,pick it up and inspect it,make sure there are no cracks,,gaps,dents and it is fairely smooth. touch it up here and there. There are a few options, You can paint it with a cool design put beads on it . Whatever you like then spray it with some clear coat. I chose to take a magazine look thru it and tear out some words and pictures that i liked in the magazine that would kinda go with the peace sign. I pasted them here and there on the front of the peace sign.
reminds me of the old hippy days. finished paper mache picture below left’
Far-out!! Can ya diggit !!!
You have now learned about the history of paper mache ,how to mix the flower and water and create with paper mache. There are so many possibilities so have fun creating a master piece, peace sign
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