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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

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.
Elmer's Washable School Glue  (7.625 oz.)
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$1.69
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Elmer's Washable School Glue  (Gallon)
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$13.95
2 or more, $12.75
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Hygloss Wood Turnings
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$10.99
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KolorFast Designer Craft Tissue Paper  (2 options available )
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$9.95 - $19.15
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WireForm Wire Mesh  (20" x 10 ft. roll)
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WireForm Wire Mesh
20" x 10 ft. roll

$22.95
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