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Papier Mâché Peacock - Project #146

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Age Range: Middle School & Up
Time: 2-4 Class Periods
Difficulty: Moderate
Cleanup: Soap & Water

General Materials:
Masking Tape
Bowl
Scissors
Tag Board
Paint Brushes
Black Construction Paper
Tacky Glue
Awl

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Step 1

Step 1

To make a newsprint armature for the peacock sculpture, first crumple and tape a 3" diameter body shape. Second, crumple and tape a 7" tall neck and head shape. Then, tape the two pieces together and bend to form the head.
Step 2

Step 2

Twist together four 6" pieces of 16 gauge annealed wire to shape legs and leave around 1" untwisted to create the feet. Insert the legs into the newsprint armature. Make sure the sculpture is balanced and can stand on its own.
Step 3

Step 3

Mix the wheat paste according to the directions on the package. Dip newsprint (or newspaper) into the wheat paste and apply to the paper and wire armature. Repeat with two or three more layers. Twist pieces of paper and adhere with paste to create eye and head details.
Step 4

Step 4

Cut a 3x5" crescent-shaped tail crest out of tag board. Use the newsprint and wheat paste to papier mâché the crest onto the body, three layers should be sufficient. Allow papier máché to dry.
Step 5

Step 5

Paint the peacock with Molten Metal acrylics and allow it to dry. Using a half sheet of black construction paper, cut out 1 x 1/2" feather shapes and fold in half and unfold (to create dimension). Glue the paper feathers to the tail crest in a fan-like
Step 6

Step 6

Paint the paper tail crest feathers with Molten Metal acrylics, let dry. With an awl (or other pointed tool) punch six evenly-spaced holes in the back of the body and insert peacock feathers.
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