How do you make a paper mache cast?
Credit: Erin Patrice O'Brien The Image Bank Getty Images
Q:

How do you make a paper mache cast?

A:

Quick Answer

To make a paper mache cast, first wrap your leg in plastic. Next, soak newspaper strips in a paste that is one part flour to two parts water. Wrap them around your leg in thick layers and wait for the strips to dry completely.

  Know More

Full Answer

  1. Prepare the paper mache

    Mix a paper mache paste using two parts water to one part flour. Stir it carefully to eliminate all flour lumps. Cut a variety of long newspaper strips and set them aside. Use a thick stack of newspapers to ensure that your cast is thick enough.

  2. Prepare your leg

    Put on several thick pairs of thick, tall socks. Multiple layers allow you to slide the cast off. Cover the socks with two layers of plastic wrap. Pull the wrap tight without compressing the sock layers. Spray the plastic wrap with cooking spray or rub it down with a thin layer of oil.

  3. Build the paper mache cast

    Dip a newspaper strips into the paper mache paste, coating it completely. Starting at the ankle, wrap the strip around the plastic wrap diagonally. Move down your foot, overlapping each strip until you reach the toe. Do the same up your leg until you reach the top of the plastic. Rest your leg on a chair so the wet cast is not touching the wood, and allow the first layer to dry completely. Add additional layers until the cast is thick enough.

Learn more about Crafting

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How do you make a paper mache mountain?

    A:

    To make a paper mache mountain, a plastic cup should be taped upside down to the work surface; the cup should be covered by crumpled newspaper balls on the bottom for a base, and strips of newspaper dipped in paper mache paste should be added in layers to the sides of the mountain. The layers should be allowed to dry before the next layer is applied to the mountain.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you make an apple pinata?

    A:

    To make an apple pinata, cover a large balloon with paper mache, and once it is dry, decorate it with red crepe paper. Top off the apple pinata with a stem and leaf made from construction paper.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How many layers do you need for paper mache?

    A:

    According to About.com, paper mache projects should have at least three layers. Having too many layers can make the project look bulky, and not having enough layers can make the project flimsy. However, the amount of overall layers needed depends on the project.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Can you dry paper mache in the oven?

    A:

    It is possible to dry paper mache, also called papier mache, in a home oven set to warm. The paper mache project needs to be checked every 10 to 15 minutes to avoid over-drying or browning the piece.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore