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Wireform & Tissue Paper Sculpture - Project #19

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Age Range: Elementary & Up
Time: 2 Class Periods
Difficulty: Challenging
Cleanup: Soap & Water
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Step 1

Give students a 10x10" piece of WireForm and a wood or toy ball.

Step 2

Shape and stretch the Wire Form over the ball.

Step 3

Cut out a fish shape using the ball shaped area as the body, leaving three wedge shapes for the fins and tail.

Step 4

Add any extra details into the WireForm to create 3-D fins, tail and a mouth.

Step 5

Cut strips out of the tissue paper in desired colors and shapes.

Step 6

Dip tissue strips into white glue and position onto the fish, smoothing with a flat brush. Repeat until the WireForm is completely covered. Add details with additional colors of tissue paper as a second layer with the glue.

Optional Tip 1

You must use bleed-proof tissue paper if you want the fish to look like the example above.

Optional Tip 2

Instead of covering the sculpture with tissue, use modeling paste and then paint with acrylic. You can also add embellishments, such as glitter, wiggle eyes or sequins.
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