This small paper mache pot was made using the strip method and decorated with a metallic look finish.
We used a plastic trifle container as a mould. Yeah, I know we shouldn't eat things like that, but we just couldn't resist the shape of the pot. Sometimes you really do have to make sacrifices for your art ;) Anyway, once we'd eaten the dessert we made two sections and paper mache'd them together once they were dry.
For the top one we left a hole instead of paper mache'ing the base. We could have papered the whole thing and then cut the hole in the top, but it was easier to do it this way.
To decorate we used Jacobean oak wood stain and gold artist acrylic. We decorated the inside before attaching the two halves together. This just makes it easier to get at the inside.
We gave it several coats of the wood stain and then sponged on the gold acrylic. To seal it we used dark tan wax shoe polish inside and out. The shoe polish is quite water resistant, as is the wood stain, so we didn't need to use a varnish over it. The shoe polish gives it lovely soft sheen too.
What I really like about this way of decorating is that it gives it a very unusual look for paper mache. So far, no one who has seen it has immediately guessed what it's made of. Even though most things in our home are made of paper mache.
A friend of Annemarie's even asked if it was made of pewter. The look on his face was priceless when he picked it up. He had no idea it would be so light.
This was made about eighteen months ago and the finish has held up very well. We love experimenting with different ways of decorating but it does mean we have to keep a lot of our art to be sure what the finish will do over time. So far, so good on this one.
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