Monday, July 27, 2009

Mache Corpsification

I've noticed that just about every How-To I see about corpsing involves using latex. I build a lot of props using paper mache, so it got me wondering if I can get the same effect using mache.

I am very cheap and impatient, so I don't like spending the money on liquid latex and then having to wait for it to arrive in the mail. Paper mache is cheap. VERY cheap. All of the materials can be readily found locally, and the dry times are not that much different than latex. (Although I hear that carpet latex glue takes an extremely long time to dry properly)

So, this is my little attempt to build a prop out of paper mache and then corpse the same prop using just mache.

This is where I started: 

Strip mache skull with pistachio shells for teeth, then two different kinds of homemade mache clay used to build up features.

Next, I sealed the skull with several coats of polyurethane. Then I painted it solid black with latex paint and dry brushed it with white latex paint.

Now, it's time to start corpsing!


Applying unrolled cotton balls with paper mache paste. I twisted some of the cotton in the paste to create tendons for the neck.

More details added to the neck.

Ok, I got bored with the skull, so I started adding a ribcage made of rolled newspaper and blue shop towels. The blue bar running behind his neck will be an anchor point for his shoulders and arms.

This is as far as I've gotten so far with the prop, but already I am extremely happy with the results! Total invested into the prop so far? Probably around $3 to $5 dollars since I buy my mache supplies in bulk.

I love this stuff!

I can't wait to get back to work on this tonight when I get home from work!

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