Paper Mache: Monster Tooth Maker Results
Steps to form a tooth
After much experimenting I have come up with the approach I am using for Pottie Mouth's teeth. As I learn more I will modify this post to reflect what I learn.
- Start with a $9 box of 500 unsterilized 3/4" x 6" tongue depressors
Soak a few depressors overnight in waterJun 17 - I tried just boiling dry depressors and it worked fine so I no longer presoak.
- BOIL them in water for 5 minutes - What I do is put the depressors in a pot with water. Then I bring it to a full rolling boil and turn the burner off. Then I let it sit for 10 minutes.
The boiling weakens the hard wood's lignin bond, which makes them pliable
- Return them to the jar with water.
- Remove one from the water and towel dry the surface.
This prevents diluting the glue
- Select a cut piece of 5/8" dowel
- Cut off the rounded end of the depressor so that it will be flush with the dowel
- Cut the sides to form sharp tooth
- Add Wood Glue (not white glue) to the depressor where dowel will join
Wood glue is sand-able when dry, white glue is not
- Place a piece of wet tongue depressor below between the clamp and the tooth. This acts as a guard against the clamp marking the tooth.
- Tighten host clamp over end
By placing a piece of hose or popsicle sticks over depressor you can minimize damage from the tight clamp
- Place in the jig
- Let dry
It needs to be bone dry. Exposing to a fan or air flow helps speed the process
- Remove from jig, remove clamp
- Sand any glue clumps or rough areas
- Fill in side between the depressor and dowel with a mixture of Sheetrock 20 and acrylic paint
- Paint balance of tooth
June 15. I love tuning a process as I work. Today I decided to use an end of wet tongue depressor to protect the tooth from the clamp.
I added step 10 to put a piece of wet depressor between the clamp and the tooth. I also predrilled the dowel so that I can arrange them on my tooth stand.
I made several variations of teeth. Here are some of them.
- 7 - This is one of the originals. Note the use of a square cut 1/2" dowel and marks on the face from the hose clamps.
- 6, 5, 4 - These show the tooth front of variations on 7 where I tried building a transition on the back with paper mache. The problem is the paper on the front hurts the appearance of the tooth. The backs shown below aren't very appealing either.
- 1 - This is a 5/8" dowel with a sloped cut at top. The clamp marks have been minimized with a piece of hose
- 3 - The side is just painted. White glue was used so the extra clumps of glue could not be sanded or removed
- 2 - The side is filled in with acrylic paint thickened up with some Sheetrock 20. Sheetrock is a sandable drywall compound. The 20 means that mixed with water it will harden in 20 minutes. You can also get 5 and 90. As most of my drying is dependant on the drying of the paint, 20 was a good compromise
Here are the final teeth in side and front view.