Saturday, August 4, 2012

Craft Class Project 5- Jim Dine Inspired Paper Mache Heart Sculptures

I always try and do a paper mache project in my crafts class.  Last year I did balloon form vases and the year before that I did flying pigs.  This year I decided to do something a bit simpler...
You begin by using wire armature, fairly thick works best but I had thin gauge wire so I had my students double it and twist t like a twist tie to give it more strength. At the end of the wire they formed a heart shape which they later stuffed then wrapped with newspaper to form a 3D heart shape.  The entire sculpture was wrapped in newspaper and then masking tape.  About 3 layers of mache were used on top to give it sturdiness and a hard outer surface.  Lastly they were primed in white acrylic and then painted however each student chose followed by a coat of Modge Podge to give them shine.  They came out cute!