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So here is a project inspired (copied from) by SKAustin.

It is essentially a large rope handled bin with the rope removed. I then needed to make a bunch of ribs to create the cauldron shape. Taking the time to make a great template was key!
 

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I then acquired some heavy duty / thick cardboard and cut it to length, stacked it 4 deep, clamped it down and cut it with a jig saw. The saw had a fine blade on it and worked great. I tried to cut them by hand with scissors, however that was to tedious and compromised the structural integrity of the cardboard (creasing , bending it, etc)
 

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I then measured the circumference of the bin and it was about 60"....so I spaced the ribs out at 2" and began gluing them in place. I was surprised how sturdy it is beginning to feel!
 

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It'll be like going over a balloon so shouldn't be a problem. Looking good so far.

If youre worried about slipage. Take your paper and go light on the mache and just put random little strips here and there. Wait like a half hour or so and then do the rest.
 

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Hindsight - I had about 12 ribs cut that I did not use. If I was to do it again, I would have spaced them a bit closer; just for better support and rigidity. Maybe 1.5" or even 1". Once you have a good template, cutting ribs is a snap. I did have some ribs that were of a second quality, but I just shot more hot glue in as if it were caulk and it seemed to work well.
 
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