Wrapping the Mold and Spreading the Papier Maché Clay
Here are the last steps for (finally!) making a papier maché clay bowl. You’ll see how to wrap the mold, so the bowl will remove easily when it dries and get some helpful hints about working with the clay.
Nine one-of-a-kind handmade bowls, in a variety of sizes, shapes, linings and finishes have been added to ChirpHop Studio's Etsy shop. (and more to come soon). A few are made from cast paper and the rest are made of papier maché clay.
All of the bowls are made with recycled household scrap paper and some are finished with repurposed gift wrap tissue paper or foil.
They can be used as a stand-alone decorative pieces, for holding dried botanical arrangements or other small household items or as storage for home, craft or office supplies.
Check out the slide show above for a quick peek at part of the collection.
Because they're finished with acrylic paint and/or varnishes, they're water-resistant. You can wipe them with a damp cloth, but it's probably not a good idea to submerge them. The finishes aren't considered food-safe, but could certainly be an option for wrapped food.
Hop on by and give them a look. If you like what you see, feel free to favorite them, pin them or use whatever your favorite is to share them.
Balloons can be used as a wonderful mold for making papier maché clay bowls. Their full, rounded contours, variety of sizes and shapes and their elasticity offer a wide range of possibilities for some gorgeous finished pieces.
While they do present a couple of challenges that need to be worked around, they let you make forms that you can’t otherwise get with a solid, inflexible object… especially one you’d rather not destroy trying to get the finished bowl off of it.
Well, I finally got around to trying out the last hopeful contestant that I had around the house, in the search for a clear spray finish for my papier maché bowls.
I tried out Krylon’s “Crystal Clear” finish, using the same kind of coverage as I had in the previous experiment.
The results were disappointing, to say the least. I had thought the polyurethane and Rustoleum sprays were yellow. This was slightly more yellow than the Rustoleum, and not much less so than the polyurethane.