New Hope for Outdoor Paper Mache?

March 22, 2012
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Well, I was going to hold of on posting this until I’d managed to get my hands of some to try it out for myself, but I’m working away a lot and it will probably be ages before I manage to get any.

So, what am I getting all excited about? Lyn from Canada emailed me recently and told me about a couple of super sounding products,
Paverpol Textile Hardener
and Powertex Textile Hardener.

Lyn has used it as a sculpting medium over wire, and her sculptures are able to stand outside. The great thing about it for us PM’ers is that you can buy transparent versions of both products.

This means that it may well be possible to finally create paper mache sculptures to stand outdoors. A coating of either Paverpol or Powertex may well make it fully waterproof. Now, I’m not going to stick my neck out and say that it will for sure until I’ve tested it myself, but from what I’ve heard so far, it sounds really promising.

If you’ve had a go and covered your PM with one of these textile hardeners we’d love to hear about your experiences with it. We’ll be adding a page about it to the site once we’ve had a play with it ourselves.

EDIT 23 March

I’ve just received an email from Lyn with a link to a site with some amazing sculptures made from Paverpol that are kept outside. They’re not done over paper mache but she uses all kinds of found objects and her work is amazing. Her name is Gloria and you can check out her site here.

Have a look in her gallery for some really lovely art.

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