Monday, December 6, 2010

Done! Complete! Finished!

Good Morning!

I think I am finally heading towards the end of my Christmas projects!  Phew.  Nothing like stretching them out until right up to the mailing deadline.  I thought I would share some more before and afters.  I never remember to take photos while I am in the process, so I don't see too many tutorials coming from me in the future.  Oh well.  I am happy to answer any questions though.

I guess I'll start with the ornaments.  I started with a paper mache ornament form from Hobby Lobby, and sculpted a Santa face with using Claycrete (papier mache or paper pulp).  After it dried for a couple of days, I painted and glittered away.  Here are the two I completed:


I also worked with paper and Styrofoam cones to make a full-sized Santas.  They take forever to dry, but the finishing process is pretty simple.  I like to use the small bottles of acrylic paint (whichever is on sale) for the detail work, and I typically seal them with a water-based satin varnish for durability and a slight shine.  I worked with more glitter than usual this year (Martha Stewart brand except for the tree Santa).  I now have glitter EVERYWHERE!



I had hoped to get more done, but I found it really hard to work around our two rowdy dogs.  I tend to wind up working at either the dining room table or the coffee table (which is right at tail-swiping level).  Not ideal for sure.  I have got to come up with a better craft space solution!  Maybe for next year, eh?

Now I just need to get my entire house decorated and finish my shopping.  No pressure, no pressure at all.   

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  1. Wow - those are amazing!! Look store bought! Nice job!

  2. OMG - theses are the cutest things ever! What an imagination. I love them.

  3. holy smokes-amazing! what a fantastic job you did!

  4. Adorable, absolutely adorable!!

  5. Those are fantastic! Love them

  6. These are great! You have such a gift!

  7. They are precious! I admire your talent!

  8. Love love love these Santas. Always wanted to do something with Santas but unique and these sure are. I do have a couple questions though. #1-Is there a prep you need to do to the paper mache or syrofoam? I wondered if the product would pull away.
    #2--can you use the paper pulp on glass such as the clear glass Christmas ornament(build out on those)
    #3--Is there anything I should know about or any hints you could give me before I tackle my new adventure. lol I have never worked with paper pulp products.

  9. Thanks for your comment, Pat-NY! To answer your questions:
    1. You don't need to do any prep to attach the paper pulp to either the paper mache forms or styrofoam. I haven't had any problems with it pulling away at all. I just mush it on there really well. :)
    2. I haven't tried attaching it to glass. I'm not sure that it would stick very well.
    3. The only hint I can think of is to always keep the clay you are not working with covered. It will dry out fairly quickly. I store mine in a large zip lock bag after I mix it. Oh, and you can use just about anything as a tool. Forks, knives, toothpicks, fingers... just wash really well afterwards if you intend on keeping the item. I also like to use tools intended for use with Sculpey.
    Have fun making your Santas!