How to Create Paper Mache Sculptures With Chicken Wire

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How to Create Paper Mache Sculptures With Chicken Wire
Use wire cutters to form chicken wire into a sculpture support. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Large-scale and attractive sculptures can be made from some basic supplies found in the kitchen and hardware store. By bending chicken wire into a basic form and covering it with papier-mâché the form will serve as a sturdy base for your creative sculpture in the same way a balloon serves as a base for a papier-mâché piñata. The completed papier-mâché sculpture should be displayed and stored indoors, as papier-mâché is not weather and water resistant.

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Things you need

  • Roll chicken wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Newspaper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes

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  1. 1

    Unroll the chicken wire and bend it into a circular tube shape, approximately 3-feet-high and 2-feet-wide, that will not topple over if placed on the floor. Cut off any excess wire from the chicken wire roll with the wire cutters. Connect the chicken wire to itself by bending the horizontal wires.

  2. 2

    Add additional elements to the chicken wire base, such as arms, legs or ears, by cutting small sections of chicken wire and bending the wires to connect the elements to the tube, making sure the wire base is balanced.

  3. 3

    Mix 1 cup flour with 1 cup of water in the bucket to make a flour paste.

  4. 4

    Rip the newspaper into long 3-inch-wide strips. Dip the strips in the flour mixture and cover the chicken wire, smoothing the strips to remove excess flour paste. Let the newspaper and flour paste dry for 24 hours

  5. 5

    Paint the completed sculpture with acrylic paints using the paintbrushes. Let the paint dry for 24 hours.

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