This is the student's thread for the first project of 2016, a paper mache pumpkin. The build will begin on Feb 1st. This is where you'll post questions, comments and your progress during the build.
From what I was able to find out about Sculptamold, I think it will work just fine. The only problem I foresee is that thick layers may take a day or two to dry but so does paper clay.Hi newby tp forum here but not to costume design and build. Coincidentally I was planning on a giant pumpkin headed critter for next year so I will be following along. Looking to do largest size possible so will be using a drum liner.
Question. Is Sculptamold similar to/same as Celluclay?
In case anyone wants it:
UNORTHODOX CLAY RECIPE.
I needed something I could whip up in small batches when and where I need them, and a lot of the available recipes don't provide that.
5 parts celluclay (available at michaels or other hobby stores) (pack tight your measuring cup, like measuring brown sugar)
put in a mixing bowl. With bread hooks on your mixer,
cut in 2 parts joint compound
Add water to desired consistency. A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY. Should come out something akin to sugar cookie dough. If you get too much water, add a little flour.
The biggest advantages I have found over the package instructions:Thanks Unorthodox! Just wondering how this compares to the Celluclay when mixed according to package directions? I imagine your recipe would go farther and be easier to sand if needed.
Do you have a local newspaper in your town? I've had good luck getting their discards. I don't know how libraries handle old newspapers but that might be an option too. You can also use brown packing paper or paper bags. I've used the Dollar Tree brown packing paper a few times and it works great. Also that shiny paper is great for stuffing the pumpkin form.Anyone have any good ideas on where to get newspaper or paper for this project? We don't get newspapers at our house and I know shiny printed paper is a no go which is what most of the adds we get are on. I have been looking at CL but never see free newspaper as the city has a huge recycling program.
Yeah I was really disappointed with the celluclay mixed according to the package directions.The biggest advantages I have found over the package instructions:
1. Nowhere near as tacky. It's a common complaint of celluclay that it's a sticky mess when mixed according to instructions, and I've suffered that same problem to the point where I had written off celluclay for anything more than just a form in favor of DAS clay for finishing, which is much more expensive, but easy to smooth.
With my recipe, I'm happy to just use the celluclay.
2. Much less shrinkage and deformation.
It really is pretty simple. It may seem a little intimidating but I promise it will be fun!I'm feeling way out of my league ..ive never used any of these things before ... this could get interesting ..
I couldn't have said it better myself! I'm trying to get my schedule cleared up so I will be available to answer any questions you may have.^That's the point - probably a lot of people are feeling exactly the same way. We will all support each other and laugh/cry over the disasters and cheer the successes.
I work at the library at community college. We get four daily newspapers, and we dispose of the old ones for recycling once a week. In the past, there was a guy who asked me to set some aside so he could use them to mulch his garden, and I didn't mind holding on to them for him. So it's worth it to ask (especially if you explain what you're using them for, and that it doesn't matter how old they are).Do you have a local newspaper in your town? I've had good luck getting their discards. I don't know how libraries handle old newspapers but that might be an option too.