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How to Make a Giant Paper Mache Lollipop Sculpture

Graceful Giant Paper Mache Lollipop

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You will learn how to take recycled newspaper and transform it into a giant juicy Lollipop shape, cover with paper mache, paint, and protect with shine.
This paper mache project is easy, cheap, and great for someone wanting to learn the awesome art of paper mache. Besides your lollipop will be an awesome decoration.
We hope to be a spring board to get you started and encourage you to tweak, change the Lollipop up all you want.

Stuff List
Recycled Newspaper
Plastic bag
Masking Tape
Paper Mache Paste
Paints and Paint Brushes
Paper Clay (Optional)
Minwax Varnish
H20 and Rags

Steps to Make Your Lollipop Sculpture

1 Build Your Lollipop Armature
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Begin by wading up newspaper into a ball and wrap in layers of newspaper making the ball grow larger and larger as you continue to roll. Use masking tape to hold your lollipop shape and then slide the lollipop into a plastic bag and tie the bag off and tape the extra down.

Draw a splat onto cardboard, cut your splat out, and slide into a plastic bag using masking tape to contour its shape. Position your lollipop onto your splat.

We used an empty wrapping paper roll for our lollipop stick.
This is your basic Lollipop armature; change it up to be uniquely yours.

2. Paper Mache and Paper Clay
1st Session
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Cover the Lollipop armature with 3 layers of newspaper using your hands soaked in paper mache paste. Ready your recycled paper by ripping the paper into strips of say 3 to 4 inches. 

Lay your newspaper strips flat onto your Lollipop armature and work out all air bubbles. As you continue to apply layers of paper onto the armature your Lollipop will begin to take shape. Never give up you can do this.

Once you have covered your Lollipop with paper mache they must completely dry. Lay them out in the sun if you can for faster drying, they will take at least 24 hours to dry depending on the size of your Lollipop.

Tip: If you feel that your sculpture is strong enough you can skip to step 3 painting your Lollipop sculpture.
Paper Clay or Paper Mache
You Choose

2nd Session
For this session you have two choices; paper clay or paper mache. Both mediums are wonderful and will render a perfect Lollipop 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.
We will walk through both paper mache and paper clay finishing process.

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Paper Mache: Cover with 4 to 5 more layers of paper mache all at one time. Let it completely dry before moving on. If you're Lollipop does not seem tough enough add more paper mache (see step 1). After each session of paper mache your sculpture must completely dry before moving to your next step. Awesome, guys get excited to see your Lollipop take shape.

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

Paper Clay: Cover the entire Lollipop with about 1/4 to 1/2 inch layer of paper clay, doing one side at a time and letting that completely dry. Apply the homemade paper clay with your hands and smooth with paper mache paste, butter knife, etc. You can let your paper clay dry for about 6 or more hours and then smooth more with paste.

The size of your Lollipop will determine how long it will take to dry. A giant Lollipop will take approximately 3 to 4 days to dry, the paper clay takes longer to dry than you think so don't rush it, wait an extra day before painting for caution.

You can use a fan, the sun, and the oven on the lowest temperature it will allow. Our oven can go as low as 145 degrees Fahrenheit, which is a perfect temperature for slowly drying your paper clay, we will place it in the oven over night and pull out doesn't do well in the closed oven when off. Also, if you heat your clay to fast it can turn dark brown in the oven which is okay because you will cover with primer paint.

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

Question: Can I skip the paper mache and put paper clay directly onto my armature?
Answer: Yes, yes you can if your armature can support the weight of the paper clay without the support of the paper mache strips and paste.

If you need once the Lollipop has dried you can lightly sand with sandpaper and wipe off before painting.

3. Paint Your Lollipop Sculpture
Paint a white coat of primer paint on your Lollipop this will give you a white canvas for painting. We use white flat interior house paint to prime the surface our sculptures.
Once the primer coat as dried paint with acrylics anyway you like. I begin with the darkest color and work my way to the lightest color shade. Color is fun and you can't mess up, anything goes.
Let all you paint completely dry before sealing with varnish.

varnishing your lollipop art

4. Varnishing (Protecting)
You must seal your paper mache pieces with varnish for protection against moisture. Brush on 3 to 4 coats of varnish and let it completely dry. We brush on Polycrylic Minwax at the studio to varnish all our art. The gloss enhances our paint job. Follow the instructions on your varnish to apply.

Lollipop Wrap Up

This is just one way to make a delicious giant Lollipop sculpture, hope you will use it to create your own Lollipop art and of course share with the studio.

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