Tear your newspaper into strips and soak in water. Newspaper is better than office paper, cardboard or brown paper. (All newspapers are worth pulping)
Whizz it! Use an old bar mix.
Keep whizzing until you’ve pulped it. You may need to add more water.
I loved your fox mask, it was transformational. What a wonderful story. Such a beautiful way to highlight the many aspects of man as reflected in the purest sense in the animals. I especially loved the match of wit between fox and man at the end of the story and really was convinced the fox had him! Looking forward to having a chat at the next Ladders
Drain it in a seive
It shrinks as it dries
Then squeeze it as dry as you can, and drop your dried pulp back in the bucket.
Don’t do this with the bar mix on. I did. It hurts. The benefits are, however, that hospitals can do major things with microsurgery these days, and blood makes the pulp harder (they worked that out on the Great Wall of China).
Whizz it again with your glue. I use a mix of flour and water, cooked on the stove till it boils and is thick.
I use cardboard masks. Place your mask over another one wrapped in plastic, because adding wet paper mache to the face of your mask makes it flop out of shape and causes all kinds of problems with your finished mask.
Cover the eyes with paper, unless you want to use the eyeholes. Once the paper mache is dry you can drill your own eyeholes.
Start laying on your paper mache
Shape your monster
First draft getting close to being finished. Try not to make your paper mache too thick as it takes longer to dry, and can go mouldy
After it’s dry, stick strips of brown paper over the paper mache. Papier mache dries with an uneven surface, and the brown paper gives a smoother finish. (This is a lyrebird. I forgot to photograph the cyclops at this stage.)
Cyclops with undercoat. I added some hardware before it dried, after a small plumbing job in our bathroom.
Recycling discarded tap fittings
Stick foam padding on the inside to make it more comfortable on your face. Always good to hold the padding down with books of stories while the glue dries.
The magnificently ugly Cyclops. Freckles disguise the eyeholes. Tooth decay included …
… the stuff of nightmares