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Sunday, May 20, 2007

BEST PAPER MACHE RECIPE

As promised after a lot of experimentation, this is the best recipe I have tried for paper mache.

You will need:

- Water
- White flour
- Salt
- glue (I like using Welbond but you could use Elmers)
- Large mixing bowl
- Long mixing spoon
- Pot for boiling water


Directions:

Try to keep to the amounts below or increase by doubling.

- 1 litre luke warm water
- ¼ cup of table salt
- 1 litre flour
- 1 litre BOILING WATER

I sometimes add 'oil of cloves' (found at your local drugstore) as a preservative and a touch of bleach as an extra precaution to prevent mold. Keep in mind bleach can be very drying on the hands so have a good moisturizer handy!!

Stir salt (optional) and flour into lukewarm water until well mixed. Beat out all the lumps. Add the boiled water and stir quickly into four mix. At this point you can also add your 'oil of cloves' or bleach.
In the event you don't add bleach or oil of clove and some mold develops you can always wipe it down with either after completion.
The paste can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Let me know if you try out this recipe and how it works for you!!!!

7 comments:

Deb said...

Wonderful artwork, and so great that much is recycled!
Deb

The Decorated House said...

Hi Trish,
I so enjoyed seeing all your art.
Thanks for stopping by my site and telling me which etsy name you liked best.
Donna

trish said...

Thanks Deb and Donna. My daughter gets tired of all my 'junk' piling up here but I just can't throw anything out without thinking of an 'artful' use for it!

KLKinFLA said...

Thanks for the nice comments...a pleasure to meet you! Your site is lovely. You look like a crafty lady! I love the singing duo. They look like Sonny & Cher...enjoy your day!
Karen

trish said...

Yes people kept saying they looked like Sonny and Cher lol. I should have added the long hair! Thanks for the comments.
Trish

Jeff said...

White glue is in the ingredients list but not in the amounts list. How much is used in the recipe? Second, what are the details for how warm water and hot water are used?

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