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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:
Bowl
Scissors
Paint Brushes
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 the neck to form the head.
Step 2

Step 2

Twist together four 6" pieces of 16-gauge annealed wire. Leave the last 1" untwisted and bend to form the toes of 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. Use strips to wrap the legs and feet. Twist pieces of paper and adhere with paste to create eye and head details.
Step 4

Step 4

Cut a 3x5" piece of tagboard. Bend it in half and cut a crescent shape. Attach the crescent shape to the back of the peacock with three more layers of papier mâché and allow to dry.
Step 5

Step 5

Paint the peacock with Molten Metal acrylics and allow it to dry. Using a half sheet of black cardstock, cut out 1-1/2 x 3/4" feather shapes and fold in half and unfold (to create dimension). Glue the paper feathers to the crescent tail in a fan-like fashion. You will need approximately 60-70 feathers.
Step 6

Step 6

Paint the feathers with Molten Metal acrylics, let dry. With an awl (or other pointed tool) punch holes in the back of the body and insert peacock feathers. Add a shortened feather to the top of the head if desired.