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Paper mache is an excellent material for crafting charming toy animals, and a dachshund is no exception. This instruction manual provides a step-by-step guide to make an adorable paper mache toy dachshund. The manual includes making a wire and cardboard tube framework, creating a base for the head from crumpled foil, preparing paper mache pulp, shaping the body and legs, drying time, coloring, and making clothing for the toy dachshund.
Materials and Tools
- Thin wire
- Cardboard tube
Step 1: Making the Framework
Cut the cardboard tube in half and bend the two pieces to create a curved shape. Twist a length of thin wire around the two tubes to form the dachshund’s body. Extend the wire from the head end of the body to create a neck, and shape it to form the head. Attach additional wire to create legs.
Step 2: Creating the Base for the Head
Crumple up a piece of foil into a ball, then flatten it slightly to create a base for the head. Attach the foil to the neck of the wire frame using glue.
Step 3: Preparing the Paper Mache Pulp
Tear the newspaper into small pieces. Mix flour and water in a bowl to make a paste. Dip the newspaper pieces into the paste, squeeze out excess paste, and apply them to the wire framework. Cover the head with the pulp, smoothing it down to create a smooth surface.
Step 4: Shaping the Body and Legs
Shape the body and legs with paper mache pulp. Cover the wire framework with layers of pulp, shaping and smoothing the body as you go. Use smaller pieces of pulp to create the toes on the legs.
Step 5: Drying Time
Allow the paper mache toy dachshund to dry completely. This can take several days, depending on the size of the toy and the humidity in the air.
Step 6: Coloring
Once the paper mache is completely dry, paint the dachshund with desired colors using a paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry completely before handling the toy.
Step 7: Making Clothing
To create clothing for the toy dachshund, knit a white sweater using thin yarn. Measure the dog’s chest and back length and use those measurements to create the sweater’s pattern. Once the sweater is complete, place it on the toy dachshund.
Creating a paper mache toy dachshund is an enjoyable and rewarding craft. The process requires some patience and a bit of time, but the end result is an adorable toy that can be treasured for years to come. When working with paper mache, remember to work in a well-ventilated area and take breaks as needed to prevent strain or injury. With these tips in mind, anyone can create an enchanting paper mache toy dachshund.