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Paper Mache Fruit: Finishing

Robert Mahar

Paper Crafting: Skills and Technique

Robert Mahar

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19. Paper Mache Fruit: Finishing

Lesson Info

Paper Mache Fruit: Finishing

I'm going to come back to our paper mache a pair, I would say that he is about ninety percent, ninety seven percent dry if I had to, I was a betting man and I think it's perfectly fine if it's the tiniest bit damp before you dip it in again, it is a very similar process a zay had mentioned just keep an eye on the brush. I'm going to dip the end in here so that the last little bits of wax that were on it will melt down, but I'm simply going to plunge the pair down into the wax bath all the way in all the way out, kind of just hold it up a moment to let it drip off and immediately you just get that satiny finish, which I think is so lovely, and it dries almost instantaneously. Um, again, you can dip these multiple times just in the few seconds this is completely dry. I love that all right? So let's, go ahead and I'm going to dip it just one more time. So you have to when you're making your fruit, the bull that you're going to be melting your wax in has to be deep enough and that's a real...

ly great question, we got lucky with the crock pot because it's a perfect shape for what we're working with you can do it in a much more shallow pan you simply just need to employ sort of a rolling method and that's where your brush is going to come in really handy because you can kind of help the wax get up onto it and you can see if you get right up on top of some of my samples that I was not dipping these in a crock pot. I was doing it in much smaller sort of sauce pan at home, and so I was brushing on some of the ink, and if you look really closely on some portions of these samples, you can see brush marks, but I honestly don't mind that I think it kind of looks charming, so all right, all of the excess wax is off and then I'm going to turn this guy upside down just came here for a moment. So now that we've done that, madeleine and phyllis, if you want to come up with your pairs, well, go ahead yeah, one of those little the many warmers when we've bought a bigger one, it came freeze and they do, but they're only around ten dollars they are seen expense I think this was it was under fifteen for sure on amazon, so they are very inexpensive and that is we did have a question earlier about whether or not it would be food safe because the cost is so low, maybe it's something you just want to set aside for having, you know, using for crafts, and in that way, you could just turn it off, allow the wax to set and hard in there, put the lid on to protect it from, you know, wax or from dust or anything and said it in your cabinet, and we visited when you need it. So all right, so let's, we're gonna just dip to the ends of this in for a second to make sure that it's all melted and then whenever you'd like, yeah, it feels it feels like it's clumping up or forming, you know, some drips or bumps at the bottom that's really, what we use the brush for, you can do it honestly as many times as you'd like, I probably typically wouldn't go beyond three, but yeah, when we do once, okay, awesome. So if you feel like it's drawing quickly enough, you just bring it back to your desk. Otherwise you're well to stick it in the in the phone block. Does that ended up making it a little smooth around with her, like tio, I kind of like the wrong kid rough, excellent, beautiful, and you can just see it's instantaneously satiny yeah, I think that makes it a little smoother and I like the way it does yeah, definitely it's a good point that phyllis brought up if you ladies want to come up having dipped it twice um it has built up a little bit more and it has kind of like smoothed out some of the the roughness of the surface that way originally saw in some of that paper machine chat room was asking if you ever needed to sand down the service but obviously you don't the wax is actually doing this moving for you you know what you definitely can though with the paper mache a pulpit takes some sandpaper to it and smooth down the surface that is only once it's completely dry if you were to attempt it even at this early stage it would just shred the paper mache a pope but that is definitely ah ah very well known finishing technique and a lot of people to employ it beautiful that's the float it does want to float yeah it's that nearly hollow center that we've created or if it's thank you, you're welcome and again, I do love this just because it is such a quick finishing process and I really do think it adds something lovely to the exterior, so now once we've done this, what we want to do next is begin assembly and then we're going to cover our stem, and then we'll come back up and revisit the wax one more time in order to cover up the stem and make it all sort of uniformed finish. So I've got these heavy duty shears here, and I'm going to bring these around to share them, but you basically just want to pick the length of your stem. I typically tend to go right around an inch inch and a half on dh snip that off these guys, they're great, they're almost like these power shears that I got it, the crafting store, and I tend to use them a lot, even though they're not necessarily intended for wire. They cut it beautifully and you can see, like this thicker wire that we had intertwined together, it cut it very simply. So let me just hand those off to rachel and shall pass come around now, um, the first thing you want to dio, once you have cut your step, I'm gonna bend mind a little bit is we're going to wrap our lief wire around the stem. So what I'm going to do is I'm gonna position my leaf just above the stem I'm probably going to leave maybe a quarter of an inch of stem between the belief and the pair, and then we're going to wrap it around. My stomach couple of times it's going to extend up beyond where I cut it, but this is a thinner wire. You could just use your regular shears to snip that off. She could see what you've ended up with this sort of this spiral e, um shaped stem, but the belief is pretty secure on there, and what we're going to do next is we're going to take that strip of brown crepe paper that we cut, and we are going to just disguise all of the wires, both from the wires that we created our stem with and the wires from the stem of the leaf. So because this is a single color crepe paper, it doesn't necessarily matter which side you apply your glue to, but you do want to put a little bit on the end, and I would recommend for this variation dotting a little bit down at least a couple of inches, it doesn't need to be completely covered, but we're going to be doing some odd angles with this one just to cover up all of the stem. All right, once you've got your glue on their typically, what I will do is I will start in this small portion between of the stem between the leaf and the base of the pair, and I'll just kind of begin to push it in there. Stretch it and wrap it around and I'll probably do twice between the leaf and the pair and then I'll start to wrap up then above the leaf around the stem and with this one you may actually find that you want to wrap it twice if it helps you get the look that you're wanting to achieve but I think the spiral nature of the stem that we created in combination with the crepe paper creates almost this gnarly would look which I kind of like now when you get up to the top um rather than just snippet and glue it we're going to do a little technique where we're kind of kind of push it up a little bit push that paper over the top to kind of cover that nib and wrap it around it's a very imperfectly way of doing it but again what we're replicating is some gnarly wood and perfection is not really the goal here, so I'm pressing it down and just continuing to wrap it stretch it, pull it um and rapids much as you'd like if you want to wrap all the way to the end of the piece of crepe paper, you're more than welcome to if you feel like you have enough and you just want to stop snippet off and ah I'm at the end of my piece so I'm going to just apply a little bit of glue and press it into place ladies, how are you feeling with the coverage? I know it's a little bit awkward because it's not a straight line. Does it feel like it's covering adequately? Yes. Ok. That is the nice thing about the crepe paper and the fact that does have those almost fabric like qualities. It will bend in contour to almost any shape. All right, you can see I'm just kind of futzing with mine a little bit, pressing it in against the stem. Now, I am not happy with the color of thie the brown as it is right now. Typically, I think if I were doing this and not dipping in wax, I would most likely go with a deeper maybe a chest, not color or something, but that's, the nice thing about adding the wax is you can see that it definitely deepens up that color a little bit, and it makes it at least to me feel like it's a little bit more pro appropriate in the color palette with the pair and the leaf. So at this point, rather than plunging this back into the wax path, we're going to take a little bit more advantage of, um the brush here and again, I'm just sort of like dipping it in it's been sitting for just a few moments while we're working on the stem and it's hard and almost completely so I'm dipping a back in the hot wax, just allowing it to loosen up just a little bit, so I'm going to hold this horizontally over top of the wax bath, and I'm just going to start to brush it on and it's really very quick process you do want to try and cover all of it because the wax does change the tone ality of the crepe paper color you want to make sure that you get everything covered, otherwise it's going to end up looking a little bit blotchy and then we go super quick, so going to set that guy aside to dry and madeline phyllis, if you guys want to come up and get a little wax on the stems, it looks like we'll nollywood it looks like the sort of striations and barker something along those lines it's just funny how these materials can mimic natural materials. I love that excellent don't might not a little chunky, I love it, though I kind of think that's beautiful lastly, she's off the wax got a little chunky, but honestly, I don't mind that so much you can also because it is you can run your finger over it and kind of smooth that out a little bit in these early stages um if it bothers you a lot you can take your toothpicks, scrape it off and we could go back and put a fresh coat on soup but honestly I think it looks great very nice and I love it right? Phil issues is beautiful I love it right get rachel and kathy appear perfect. Very nice and it is great that it drives so quickly um alternates coatings that you could use for your paper mache a fruit would be more of a traditional shellac or a varnish oh, totally fine. He should get a little splash on her leaf but I think it's all good it's it's gonna work I'm gonna cover this back up u s o alternate finishes for your finnish paper machine pieces if you don't want to do the wax you could use a traditional shellac or varnish brush it on allow it to dry it will obviously have a little bit different surface field to its the's definitely you can feel the wax it's when you run your fingers over it's very silky and it's smooth the varnish will permeate the the paper a little bit more but depending on whether you get a gloss or a satin that will dictate what type of finish you get on that so um possibilities. Air kind of endless with these guys. Honestly, when I was first talking with the producers about this particular segment, I had kind of envisioned us doing something of a topiary tree, and that was dreaming big and a little bit more involved than we had time for in the session. But this covers all of the exact same steps that we went through and really curious. If any of you at home have attempted. Thiss type of paper, pulp, mashaei, paper mache, a pulp method before get a little tongue tied there to create any sort of objects I know often you see in elementary schools, people will use the pulp method also for making mask, which is a very traditional thing to use it for.

Class Description

From making your own paper to marbling and stamping to sculpting hand-crafted objects, paper crafting is an incredible way to express yourself. Join Robert Mahar to explore everything this simple, sophisticated art form has to offer.

You’ll embrace your inner recycler as you learn to create paper pulp and form it into sheets of handmade paper. You’ll also explore the Japanese art of suminagashi and use this centuries-old technique to create gorgeous, marbled paper. You’ll learn basic stamping and patterning techniques that add extra flair to any project. You’ll dive into creating three-dimensional paper crafts as well, from hand-crafted flowers to papier-mache projects to other decorative and functional objects.

Whether you’re looking to create handmade gifts to share with friends or to add new paper craft goods to your Etsy® store, you’ll leave this course equipped and inspired to create dozens of new projects.

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Robert Mahar - Paper Flower Directions.pdf

Robert Mahar - Paper Garland Directions.pdf

Robert Mahar - Paper Marbling Directions.pdf

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Robert Mahar - Letters Sample.PDF

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Robert Mahar is an excellent teacher with many great examples on paper crafting. Robert has encouraged me to continue working on my sculpted watercolor paper flowers—now I have a bunch of new tips and tricks to try. This class is well worth the price