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How to Make the Pink Octopus Pearl

Effortless Paper Mache Pearl from Finding Nemo

Completed Paper Mache Pink Octopus Pearl
We will show you how to wade up newspaper and transform it with paper mache into a octopus Pearl from the beloved Finding Nemo adventure from Disney.
This diy paper mache project is super easy and great for someone wanting to learn the awesome art of paper mache.
Bright Pink Pearl has a awesome whimsypapermache look we know you will enjoy so much.

Quick List
Recycled Newspaper
Masking Tape
Paper Mache Paste
Paints and Paint Brushes
H20 and Rags

Steps to Make Your Octopus Pearl

1 Build Your Armature
The Base
Draw a circle onto cardboard work out from your circle creating eight octopus legs. Cut this out.

Wade up newspaper into a ball, using masking tape to shape your newspaper into a Pearl body. Glue the newspaper body onto the center of the cardboard base. Now build up the tentacles with newspaper.

Pearl says she has one shorter tentacle than the rest, though this is barely noticeable. Crumble up newspaper, glue into place on the base and against the body.

Fold up newspaper into a rectangle and tape the newspaper ears to the head on either side of the eyes.

At this stage add any features to Pearl that you like, whatever makes you happy you put that in your world.

Now Pearl is ready for Paper Mache.

2 Paper Mache
1st Session
Cover Pearl with 3 to 4 layers of newspaper with hands soaked in paper mache paste. Lay the paper flat onto your armature working out all air bubbles with your hands. As you continue to apply layers of paper Pearl will begin to take shape.

Now that she is covered with paper mache let Pearl completely dry.

Quick Link to Paper Mache Paste Recipe: http://goo.gl/BH5lgM

Tip: Check Pearl's body for weak spots by pushing on her body with your fingers. If she is sturdy enough for your taste then skip to Step 3 Painting Pearl.
Paper Clay or Paper Mache?
2nd Session
For the 2nd session you have two choices; paper clay or paper mache. Both mediums are wonderful and will render a perfect Pearl sculpture. The 2 best benefits to using the paper clay vs. paper mache are time and toughness.
Both recipes are on the channel; please do check them out.

Paper Mache: Cover the Pearl armature with 3 to 4 layers of newspaper using your hands soaked in paper mache paste and again let her completely dry.
Pearl loves to dry in the sun and said she can walk on land. Pearl will take at least 24 hours to dry depending on the size you create.

Paper Clay: Cover the Pearl with 1/4 to 1/2 inch layer of paper clay, and letting your paper clay completely dry.
Apply the #paperclay with your hands and smooth with paper mache paste, butter knife, etc.

Paper Clay Recipe: http://goo.gl/xoTFbJ

Drying: The size of your Pearl will determine how long it will take to dry. A large Pearl will take 3 to 4 days to dry. You can use a fan, the sun, and the oven on the lowest temperature it will allow.

Tip: Our oven can go as low as 145 degrees Celsius, which is a perfect temperature for slowly drying your paper clay. If you heat your clay to fast it can turn dark brown but this will be cover with paint. Also please don't leave your clay unattended while drying in the oven, use your best judgment, it's your call.

Question: Can I put paper clay directly onto my armature and skip the paper mache step one?

Answer: Yes, if your armature can support the weight of the paper clay without the support of several of layers of paper mache.

3. Paint Your Pearl

For a smoother you can lightly sand her with sandpaper and wipe her off before painting.

Paint a white coat of primer paint on Pearl to give a white canvas. We use flat white interior house paint to prime our paper clay sculptures.

Once the base coat as dried paint with acrylics anyway you like. Pearl is pink with a happy face positioned in the middle of her face. Let all the painting completely dry before sealing with varnish.

4. Varnish and Protect

You must seal your paper mache or paper clay pieces with varnish for protection. Apply 3 to 4 coats of varnish and let that dry.

Follow the instructions on your varnish to apply. We use Polycrylic Minwax at the studio to seal all our art.

Pearl Wrap Up

This is just one way to make a Pearl Rudolph ornament; we would love to hear your thoughts and see your paper mache creations.

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