Papier-Mache Treasures with Teena Flanner: Creating Your Own Vintage-Style Collectibles Hardcover – Nov 1 2007
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This book gave me insight into the process and acted as a jumping point for my own projects. I had many lightbulb moments while reading this " ... Ah ha! THAT'S how you do THAT!", etc. I've got a project baking in the oven as I type and I'm so glad I checked this book out of the library. I'll probably buy it now!
If you are looking to create the projects "exactly" as the ones shown in the book you may be out of luck. Ms. Flanner explains how challenging (but often forgiving) the medium is. Nothing is ever going to be "perfect" and that is part of the charm. How your figurines look depends on a variety of factors, including the paper mix you use (she uses ready made commercial papier mache paste mix), humidity, how much water you use and what molds you have available.
Ms. Flanner also teaches you how to make two molds, one with gel and one with silicone. I use a silicone technique myself. I also use plaster of paris and plasticine to create molds for my figurines...I wonder if I should write a book! I wish she had spend more time on this section, since not many people are going to find the molds for the projects. Ms. Flanner doesn't mention product brands for the silicone or gel, so you are pretty much on your own trying to figure out where to find your supplies.
One of the things about this book is that it shows beautiful photos of the finished projects that serve mostly as inspiration. I can see how people may be frustrated trying to recreate these *very specific* finished projects WITHOUT having the molds! Even if you find antique metal molds, Ms. Flanner recommends you only use them once, since the papier mache damages them. She also states that the more readily available clear plastic molds are not ideal for the projects, since they are hard to fill using an opaque paste. Only a couple of the projects don't use molds - the snow man family, for example. Another project uses a readily purchased hollow papier mache Easter egg.
Overall, if you like Ms. Flanner's style this is a perfect and inspiring "coffee table" book. If you are looking for a basic papier mache technique this is also the book for you. If you are an advanced papier mache artist, you can probably skip it.