This was my first attempt. She has a wire frame that is wrapped with material soaked in fabric hardener.(Paverpol) She sits on a wooden post. I followed a pattern for her. but all my later works are done free hand cheers Sheila

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Hi Sheila,

The technique you describe is interesting. I hadn't heard of Paverpol - does it harden the fabric completely, to the point where it doesn't feel like fabric anymore when you touch it?

I wonder if it can harden things other than fabric. For instance there was someone here looking for a way to preserve a bird's nest, so I wonder if Paverpol could achieve that or if it would just soak the nest.

Thank you for sharing your sculptures with us!

Funnily enough Louk , I have already started using PVA wood glue. You're right it's a LOT cheaper to use...and just as smelly LOL

Thaneeya.. It does harden the fabric but it still has flexibility up to a point. It takes quite a while to dry. I wouldn't know about the birds nest you would have to try it and see I guess. I have used it to cover/harden real butterfly wings and it took a lot of coats before it completely covered them, I guess the natural coating on the wings acted to make them sort of waterprrof..not sure if birds nest would be the same.   With the fabric I use, I get the best results with a t-shirt type material. Anything too synthetic also resists the glue up to a point.

cheers Sheila

Great ideas in this thread! Thank you Sheila for the info about Paverpol and thank you Louk for suggesting PVA as a cheaper alternative.

One last question if you ladies don't mind: can it be painted over after it has hardened?

I've never tried painting mine. I colour it by adding the colour to the Paverpol or PVA. I bought my colours when I bought my Paverpol initially but imagine you could use poster paints or other pigments to colour it just as well.

Louk, I can understand the goggles and gloves for the glass fibres, but are you saying I should be using them for the PVA as well?

cheers Sheila

Thanks for getting back to me.  I did use PVA in art at school and we never used gloves but that was over 45 years ago so thought maybe things had changed.    I do make sure I use it (and the Paverpol) in a well ventilated area. My messy craft space is in my garage so I leave the roller door up which gives me plenty of ventilation !!

Do you have any examples of your work I can look at.

cheers Sheila

I love it!   It's beautiful in it's own right but has the added bonus of having a sentimental reason too.  I bet Wanja when he is older will be glad you have it. 10yr old are famously non-sentimental but that all changes when they get older, especially if they have children of their own.  I wished I had done something like that for my grandkids....bit late now.

Thanks for sharing

I don't think the yes are sad...actually they are very lifelike....... Thank you for posting this for me to see.

I think your figure is very cool and looks quite tall. Did you create a story or personality for it while you were making it? How did you decide upon the clothing? 

Thanks, Patty

Sheila Longden said:

Thanks for getting back to me.  I did use PVA in art at school and we never used gloves but that was over 45 years ago so thought maybe things had changed.    I do make sure I use it (and the Paverpol) in a well ventilated area. My messy craft space is in my garage so I leave the roller door up which gives me plenty of ventilation !!

Do you have any examples of your work I can look at.

cheers Sheila

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