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How 2 Make and Use Paper Mache Pulp Today

mixing pulp with handsYou are going to love this pulp for its smooth fine qualities. You can render endless little sculptures with mache pulp that would otherwise be difficult.
I love to make beads in all different sizes and shapes. I also find pulp an excellent choice for sculpture details.
I am going to show you 2 easy ways to create your own homemade pulp.

Creating Your Pulp

Option 1 Boil the Newspaper
water over newspaperTear the newspaper into itsy bitsy pieces, you can even shred it and put them in a large pot. Add enough water to completely cover the newspaper and not evaporate while boiling. Turn your stove on high until it starts to boil and lower the heat. I cover my boiling paper with a lid to keep it from making a mess.
You have to watch this carefully and add extra water if necessary. Stir your mixture occasionally.
Boil your paper six to eight hours or until it is falling apart.
Option 2 Soak the Newspaper
Tear the newspaper into tiny pieces and put them in a large bowl. Add just enough warm to hot water to completely cover the newspaper. Let your paper soak overnight.

Mixing Up Your Pulp

Once your newspaper has soaked or boiled for several hours, get your hands into it and mix it up! Squeeze it through your fingers until it looks like oatmeal. Try to get as many lumps out as possible tearing your paper apart.
Looks like Oatmeal
pulp 2Once you have it as smooth as possible, add a few tablespoons of salt to help retard mold. Mix it again with your hands.

Flour or Glue Options

Once mixed thoroughly, squeeze out any excess water and add a few tablespoons of glue. You can use flour instead of the glue; which works great and saves money.
Add has much as your recipe calls, you will know that it is ready when you ball it up into a bead and it holds together.
pulp looks like oatmealYou are ready to use your paper mache pulp!
A pulp mixture is great for making smooth, fine details in your paper mache creations. Store your pulp in an air tight baggie or container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days!
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