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I am working on a ground breaker. I had seen a lot of different ways of making paper mache. I saw most people were using Elmer's glue but it is pretty expensive. I wasn't crazy with the mess of flour based as well as dealing with mold. I saw a few people were using carpet tack (glue) but it is super sticky and a bit difficult to work with. I decided to combine Elmer's glue with carpet tack. I wasn't sure how this was going to work but thought is was worth a shot. Carpet tack is super thick, so it needs to be thinned way down so it will be easier to work with and not so sticky.

The results:
This worked way better than I thought it would. It dries hard but flexible. It is very tough with only 1 layer.... It is puncture resistant. Very very cool. The only negative it takes longer to dry. Parts were still dampish after 24 hours so plan on using a fan to speed up drying. It dries brownish in color.


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Arms are shop towels and body is news paper. Only 1 layer.

Here is what you need.

1 quart of premium carpet adhesive (got mine from Menard's less than $4)
(2) 7.65 oz Elmer's glue
Large plastic container w/lid (want the longer not as deep one)
And something to stir with
Rubber / latex gloves for application


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1. I used about 1/3 of the carpet tack into the container.

2. Add both containers of glue.

3. Mix thoroughly (will be pudding like)

4. Using the empty glue container fill with water and add to mix. Stirring this sucks cause the water sloshes out of the container so just put the container lid on securely and shake.

5. Add another container of water and shake

6. Add a half container of water and shake.

(Total of 2 1/2 containers of water roughly 18oz of water) (I will explain the water below)

Should look like thin pancake mix.


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Application:
I use rubber gloves and you will need them. Dip both sides of news paper. Hold up news paper over container and remove excess glue. I use my index finger and middle finger to make a squeegee. Index finger on one side of the paper and middle finger on the other side. Squeeze fingers gently together and pull down. Do this a couple of times rotate upside down and do it again.

Added Water:
I originally tried with no water. It was difficult to work with and it didn't wet the news paper. Adding the water made it much easier to work with.
 

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I have often wondered about this combination. Thanks for doing our dirty work for us!
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Anyone tried my recipe yet? I am telling you this stuff will change your life. You will never go back. 1 layer and not 3 or 4. The time savings is awesome. Just try it and you won't look back. If you run into any problems I will help. If you are going to do it and are unsure send me an IM and we can text, chat, talk, whatever.
 

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I've bookmarked this as I'm always trying out new paper mache and paper clay recipes. :) One question though, does the carpet adhesive have a strong odor? My daughter is six months old and she's near my work area so I'm avoiding anything with a strong or noxious odor unless I can work outside. :)
 

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I don't remember it having a strong odor but my sense of smell isn't the greatest because of my allergies. It had less of a smell than regular flower paper mache.

It can be stored for a few days to a week in a sealed container. I would just make sure the container had little airspace and i would shake it once a day. If it was a little stiff you can add a little water to get it back to the right consistency.
 

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Your timing in resurrecting this thread is perfect cause I'd spent time today looking at how to make some pumpkin sentinels.

I'll be going to HD tomorrow to get the goods and will give it a shot. Will follow-up with a post...assuming I'm successful ;-)
 

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The sentinels were made with funkins. If I remember correctly they have to be special ordered because of their shape and size. Then he paints the inside black, then paints the outside. I made my own just for this reason and it didn't work out but I did it with standard paper mache. It ends up being more work than it is worth. If you make one that is wider than it is tall you will need to add a support. You need to support the roof. Once you cut the mouth it allows a lot of flex and it will collapse with time. I would use Funkins are half off now at Joe Ann Fabrics and other places. Big ones ore only $30 or $20.
 

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I am in the middle of trying to finish up three sentinels right now, hoping to get the last layer of mud on and then paint. But I am very interested in trying out your new recipe. I tried to make the long, loopy stem on one of mine and it has no flexibility at all. Thanks for sharing this!
 

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The sentinels were made with funkins. If I remember correctly they have to be special ordered because of their shape and size. Then he paints the inside black, then paints the outside. I made my own just for this reason and it didn't work out but I did it with standard paper mache. It ends up being more work than it is worth. If you make one that is wider than it is tall you will need to add a support. You need to support the roof. Once you cut the mouth it allows a lot of flex and it will collapse with time. I would use Funkins are half off now at Joe Ann Fabrics and other places. Big ones ore only $30 or $20.
Thanks for the feedback Distorted.

I had gone yesterday to Hobby Lobby & Michaels, but they don't carry the wider ones, which was what I was looking for.
 

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Ahh yeah wider ones have to be ordered. So if you make one, make sure to support the roof. I would get a couple of cheap 4"+ wood disks for $1 at walmart in their hobby section. Then screw a half inch square dowl rod between the two disks. So it looks like an I from the sides. Then hotglue the disks to the inside pumpkin roof and bottom. This will keep it from collapsing. You could make a C shape so you won't see it.
 
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