How to Make Paper Mache Paste

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    This video will show how to make paper mache paste.

    Mary Gallagher-Stout: Hi, I am Mary Gallagher-Stout and today we are going to be making a Paper Mache bowl and I would like to show you how to prepare your paste. Today we are going to be using the white glue, Elmer's glue. You pour it into your bowl. After you finish pouring it into the bowl, you are going to use a probably 4:1 ratio. So for a bottle of glue this big, you are going to use about a half a cup of water and you are just watering it down. So after you have poured it in just take a half a cup of water, pour it into your glue, stir it up. This is one way of making the paste. There are couple other alternative methods of making paste for Paper Mache. Some people use wallpaper paste which is a good thing to use because it has an antifungal agent in it, but it's not so good to use with children because tend to put glue and fingers in their mouth so that's not a good idea, but you can use it. There is another recipe for a wheat paste and or a regular paste. Wheat paste is traditionally used with political posters and stuff because it has an impenetrable bond when you put it on to a wall. So political people like to do that. So you just going to stir your glue until it's like a milky kind of like, I would say custard and then you are going to stir it up until it's a nice even consistency and that is how you prepare your glue for this Paper Mache bowl. Next we are going to adhere the newspaper on to our mold for our paper mache bowl.