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Paper Mache Pulp

Paper Mache Pulp

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Paper mache pulp uses the same recipe and style as regular paper mache, but creates a thicker substance that forms a clay-like consistency that you can mold and form into your own unique paper mache projects. Paper mache pulp is particularly useful for adding details or definition to your basic paper mache craft. Pulp can be used to create in depth masks, projects or gifts in combination with an ordinary paper mache base or it can be used as regular sculpting material, like clay, to form beautiful projects on its own.

How to paper mache pulp style:

First you have to prepare the paper. Tear up your newspaper into pieces and soak over night in regular water. Drain, and transfer to new clean water. Boil this for about half an hour or until you see the fibers of the paper falling apart. Strain the paper, pressing out any excess water, and beat the pulp until it is totally broken up. Combine with your adhesive until you've reached the desired consistency.

Some people skip the boiling step and just soak, beat, and strain the paper before adding glue/paste. Others skip the soaking and just use the boiling water (because this speeds up the break down process. You can play around with the different methods and see which one works best for you. The main idea is that your end result is a smooth, lump-free mixture of the unrecognizable paper and water combo and your adhesive (and mold retardant if using).

Good for the world, good for you

Not only is this simple to do and makes fabulous art projects, paper mache is environmentally friendly, recycling old newspapers and using all biodegradable materials, and economically sound because the newspapers are already paid for and water, flour and salt are probably the cheapest craft supplies you can find. Paper mache can also be done with old phone books, junk mail, toilet paper, and thin cardboard.

You will need a form to keep the sculpture's shape until the paper mache pulp has dried. The form can also be made from recyclables such as toilet paper rolls, juice boxes, bottles, egg cartons, cans, and paper or plastic cups and plates. With a little masking tape, you'll be amazed at what you can create.

You may need a lot of newspaper for bigger projects, so keep collecting those old papers.

Adding a few teaspoons of salt or drops of oil of cloves will help prevent mold from forming on the inside of your paper mache projects.




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