"Do as I say, not as I do"

Okay, folks, here's the way I replaced the missing back half of this fellow's head, but it is not the way I would recommend you attepmt to solve such a problem. I'm convinced it's possible to build about anything from corrugated cardboard. So when trying to decide how I could build a form over which to apply paper mache from which I would rebuild the head, I looked around my shop to see what I had on hand I could use. I chose corrugated cardboard and scraps of foam rubber. A short time later, the paper mache was in place and drying. Easier would have been to sculpt a rear head shape from a block of solid Styrofoam and cover it with the mache. But I didn't have any such material on hand and didn't want to wait for a trip to the store.


  1. Anonymous5/14/2011

    Looks great Clinton! And your "Do as i say, not as i do" line reminded me of my mom, who used to say "Listen to what i MEAN, not what i say". Bill Smith

  2. Anonymous5/14/2011

    This is why you are so successful, Clinton! You can do it, and you are willing to share the procedures. It is a pleasure to watch a craftsman like yourself at work. Thanks for the step by step!
    Regards, Joe "Capt. Joe" Radle </:O)

  3. P.Grecian5/14/2011

    That's exactly what I would've done! Styrofoam gets so messy! In fact, when I converted that "living mouth" figure we've talked about here into a slot jaw, I built the bottom part of the jaw out of cardboard FIRST, to get a feel for the swing...then built a smaller cardboard jaw that I glued to the bottom of the lip piece so that I could create the final jaw around it with Magic Sculpt and keep the weight down. Worked, too! There is much honor in cardboard foundations, and I feel vindicated that you use it this way, too!

  4. Even still, Clinton, pretty clever solution.

  5. Even still, Clinton, pretty clever solution.

  6. Anonymous5/15/2011

    Can you reveal one more secret?...What is your paper mache recipe for a use like that?

  7. It comes in a box I purchase at Michaels...I'll need to check at the store to get the name on the box. Redi-mache or Instant-machie - something like that. Powdered. Just mix with water.