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Cosplay Tip 20 - Paper-Mache

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These are tips my girlfriend Nobodyyyyy and I picked up when working on our cosplays. We try to give back to the community, and post tips every Tuesday on our :facebook: Facebook!

If this tip helped you with your work, send me a picture and I'll post it here in the description!

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WyrmsRoost's avatar
My Blaziken mask was made out of a paper pulp-style paper mache I bought at  local craft store (Celluclay, I do believe it was called), so I didn't have the problems with the strips. It was more like a disobedient clay.
Bllacksheep's avatar
I wonder if you could put the paper-pulp type of paper-mache into a mold. I don't see why not! I bet it would tame your disobedient clay :D
WyrmsRoost's avatar
Most likely! If you're not careful about it's thickness in a mold it'll take quite a while to dry and it might be a touch heavy, but if you mind the thickness I see no problems with that! That would work rather well.
TwinDragonsComic's avatar
Never would have thought of using plaster to make a mold. I already gave up on using a mold since resing and the like is so expensive, but this is way cheaper.
Would this also work for something that's completely round? Like the top of this staff for example:
images.wikia.com/leagueoflegen…
Could you give me any tips on how to make this?
Bllacksheep's avatar
Hmmm. No, I don't think I'd recommend using paper-mache for something so 3-D, it would take more trouble than its worth. I think I'd recommend sculpting the whole head of his staff out of styrofoam, the part with the eagle's head. You could buy a 4'x8' flat sheet of pink insulation foam from the hardware store (they don't come any smaller) then cut it and glue it together in one big thick block that's the size you need. Then I'd go at it with a knife, and sculpt the whole thing!
TwinDragonsComic's avatar
Thanks for the reply. I'll keep that method in mind for next time. I started sculpting the staff with paper clay, which seems to work out as well.
Bllacksheep's avatar
That's great! I'm glad the paperclay is working well. Paperclay is great stuff.
Leprapotilas's avatar
AHHH thank you so so much, I was already getting ready to go and buy resin for my overseer mask when I saw this! A real lifesaver tip.
Bllacksheep's avatar
Awesome, I'm glad! Paper-mache will save you some money, that's for sure. I'll follow your page, I'd like to see the final product!
Leprapotilas's avatar
Wow, thank you so so much for the watch! I feel honored to have you watching me. 
( though I have to warn you, that the Overseer cosplay might take wa while as I have quite a few projects going on at the moment )
Bllacksheep's avatar
Np! That's okay, no worries - I'd like to see your work! Your Tali'Zorah vas Neema cosplay is awesome, good work!
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