Thursday, April 8, 2010

Paper Mache Clay Elephant

In our(Indian) traditions most of occasions we used bamboo baskets and bamboo tray used in the kitchen for regular use.After few months the bamboo tools became and looks like older.To bring newer look to them my Grandma used to make this paper mache clay and paste it to bamboo tools,dry it at sunlight.When I was in PG I made this elephant craft with that paper mache.
Materials :
Old news papers
Fenugreek  seeds(few)
Water for soak
Black acrylic color or ash color
materials for decoration as per your taste..
Method :
Tear the old papers as you can,soak fenugreek seeds and papers about 1 or 2 days.Drain them completely and grind into fine thick  and smooth paste.To get the dough consistency of paper mache I added fenugreek seeds.you can also add all purpose/wheat flour(not too much) to paper mache rather adding fenugreek seeds
now take the paper mache into your hands and mold the elephant shape.I made this craft 3 yrs ago.I don't have step by step pictures.I have only final craft.So here I am explaining step by step with dough.
make 2 teeth's(1 big & 1 small) and tale by rolling the mache into thin strip.for the teeth and tale take a  pin or any sharp edge just poke into the elephant make a small hole at trunk for the teeth and at back side for the tale and glue the edges of the tale and teeth put and paste them into hole.let it dry for over night.paint it with black color,decorate as per your taste.

Presenting

22 comments:

Kamalika said...

Dear that is just wonderful..i am very much fond of any kind of crafts....thanks for teaching this wonderful showpiece which can be made out of such simple ingredients....I will definitely try it with my daughter...she will also love to make it....thanks for sharing...

Swathi said...

swapna,

Elephant looks really beautiful. next time when you make, increase the tail length.

Swapna Sree said...

Thanks Kamalika for your comment..kids can enjoy to make this craft.....
@ Thanks Swathi for your advice,,sure next time will increase tail length.....

Uma said...

its awesome.. glad to know you are an artist too! you have shaped atta too so well.

Panchpakwan said...

Its so cute clay elephant..Thankx for sharing!

Priya said...

Awesome work, wat a fantastic and beautiful craft..hats off dear..

SathyaSridhar said...

Swapna,,, nice dear doing craft work really great work need lot of skill and creative thinking. You got lot of patience dear and the elephant came out nice looks soo sooo cute with the silk shawl.Swapna,,

Jagruti said...

Fantastic work! you are very talented aren't you..well done!

simply.food said...

Beautifuly crafted, looks amzing .

MindfulMeanderer said...

ohhhhh thats lovely. just a small question.. why did u add fenugreek seeds to the news paper paste?? and did u paint the elephant black?? or the paper dough becomes black on its own?

I'm adding it to the artsy-craftsy :) welcome on board.

also 1 small request please add a watermark to your pics ( basically a copyright info.)

Meena said...

such lovely work, dear!

Swapna Sree said...

Thank you all....
@MindfulMeander thanx for adding....
yes,that was painted black.sry I forgot to mention it,,I will repost it...

Pavithra said...

Elephant looks so cute and great ...

GayathriRaj said...

Hi swapna...im new to your blog...but at a very short span of time i have become a fan to your blog...you are amzing... have a great talent....nice crafts and delicious food items.

Mohan said...

Awesome art! Looks highly inclined to culture!! Lot of effor has gone in setting up all those minute decorative items. Great job! All the best for your entry.

Priya said...

Hi,
Came over from MindfulMeanderer! Loved the elephant with ornaments.. Good luck on your entry :)

Shankari said...

Swapna,

My first time here. Elephant is lovely! I did not even know that paper mache can be used like clay!!! What a lovely idea.. Thanks for sharing..

You have decorated the elephant really well!

Swapna Sree said...

Thank you all for your comments...
Thanks Gayathri ,Mohan,Priya,Shankari for visiting my blog and your compliments abt elephant....

Uma said...

First time here - this just looks too good. I also used fenugreek seeds while grinding but the paste looked so black and ugly and it wasn't too smooth like yours..

Swapna Sree said...

Thanks Uma,,,just add enough fenugreek,don't add to much then u will get good paste....

kanthi said...

paper mache clay elephant ,looks artistic and lovely

Anonymous said...

Super mast thanks for sharing the formula honey !! Cheers, Radha Raju