Paper Mache Angler Fish – Operculum

The ridge above the eye gave me an interesting idea. The separation between the fish head and the body is the hard bony flap that covers and protects the gills. In my Mahi Mahi paper mache fish it is just a ridge which I painted. Using the shoe laces I thought why not build a proper ridge that would represent the operculum.

Operculum

Operculum


I glued a long shoe lace on the face starting at the mid top jaw, around the eye, under the jaw and back to the jaw. Once the inside edge is paper mached over it will create a true flap, rather than just a painted ridge.

Operculum created with shoe laces

Operculum created with shoe laces

Shoe Laces Paper Mached over

Shoe Laces Paper Mached over

Once the paper dried I found the hard ridge lines on the top of the head too much so I applied a layer over them. This left the ridges as skin contours but the hard flaps over the gills and jaw line. These shoe laces are fun.

I bought a small hot glue gun to hold the fin spines in place while I apply paper. That is for today. Till next time.

Nice clean face.

Nice clean face.

Now the top of the head and face is smooth

Now the top of the head and face is smooth

Operculum showing over gills

Operculum showing over gills

Nice transition to the body

Nice transition to the body

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