Paper Mache Angler Fish Lower Teeth

Completing the upper teeth taught me several things about the easiest way to construct them. Some of the steps were not done in the optimum order. As an example I finished the inside of the top mouth after the teeth were installed. As the teeth are sharp this was at times painful and made getting to the area beside the teeth difficult. So for the lower jaw I set out a more logical order.

  1. Finish the inside of the jaw
  2. Glue on the teeth
  3. Fill in the gaps between the teeth
  4. Glue on edging yarn
  5. Cover the lips

Finish the inside of the jaw

First a yarn border is glued into place. This gives a nice edge for the teeth to meet minimizing any gaps.

1. Lower Jaw Inside with yarn border in place

Next I apply a red paste made of acrylic paint, medium and chopped pulp egg carton.

Mixing chopped egg carton pulp with acrylic paint and medium

2. Lower Jaw Inside Finishing Started

3. Lower Jaw Inside Finished
BTW, the green handled scissors in the shot are the pair I used for cutting the teeth from coffee stirs.

Glue on the lower teeth

The lower teeth are much larger and more random in size and bend. There is an order to them though. The teeth are symmetrical, that is the left and right side pair match in size and general shape. This gives symmetry to the look.

The first tooth is glued to the jaw centre and held in place with a cloths pin. I use full strength white resin glue. The top teeth are hanging and small so you can just hold them in place for 10 seconds then let go. The bottom teeth die to their size, weight and that they are standing up need a few minutes to bond. Each pair of teeth are added to build the symmetrical look.

1. Attach first lower tooth in the centre

2. A few minutes later attach a symetrical tooth on each side

3. All lower teeth glued in place

  1. Finish the inside of the jaw
  2. Glue on the teeth
  3. Fill in the gaps between the teeth
  4. Glue on edging yarn
  5. Cover the lips

With steps 1 and 2 completed logically we fill in between the teeth, glue on the edging yarn and cover to create the lower lip.

Well this was the plan. Are you can see from the third picture above the fish was starting to get a personality. My wife named him Wilbur and his back story starting evolving. Wilbur is a teenager and because his teeth are not crooked enough he need braces. (I know braces make teeth straighter, this a fiction people.)

In the next post I will show how I got side tracked and put braces on the top teeth then finished the bottoms also adding braces.

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