Saturday, December 31, 2005

The Boar's Head

Our church's Christmas program this year was a Madrigal. Elizabethan songs and fancy gowns and herald trumpets and such. We had a potluck afterwards, but it wasn't an Authentic Madrigal Dinner.
Two years ago, the choir director asked me to make a papier mache boar's head for her, for that year's show. She used pink Styrofoam to carve a form and asked me to papier mache it. The paper didn't adhere well and the whole project didn't work at all. This year, I was eager to redeem myself in my own eyes. She was really pleased when she saw it. :)

Curious readers can click on each image to see more detail.


The interior is made from plastic milk jugs, duct tape, and leftover paper scraps. The ears are cut from a milk jug bottom to get a natural curve.


The bottom teeth are pipe cleaners (oops, that's not proper nowadays. Chenille Stems), wrapped in paper. This allows me to tweak the bends in the teeth as the first layer dries.
The top teeth are cardboard.


Wrapped in paper, ready for the first layer of papier mache. This site helped me a lot in getting the right shapes. What did we do for research before Google Images?


Upside down and covered in printed newspaper. The fan on the left helps the form dry quicker.


A tennis ball can is holding the mouth open enough that I can put a real apple in there later.


Afterit is after the second coat, this time using unprinted newsprint. The brown blobs are there because I make the paste from a bag of whole wheat flour that passed its Used By date.

I found my recipe here when I needed to do papier mache with my Cub Scouts. As it turned out, after a few practice masks, I haven't done a project yet with the Cubs, but I made a cool Bionicle Matau (Toa of Air) mask for Gonzo.
The eye is made of glow-in-the-dark beads on wire.


Painting the first coat. I looked too light to me and to the director, but Ganoush preferred this color. I'm using tempera paints because that's what I had.


Dressed and ready for the show.





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Anonymous said...

wow! i was looking for a way to do this for a christmas project for children and cousins. . .about how many days did you need for it to dry/cure? thanks

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