Art Figure in Progress

This 6” reclining art figure was formed with the wire shown in the photo, then wrapped with blue masking tape. Next step will be adding papier-mâché before finishing off with a final layer of air dry Creative Paper Clay. I wanted to post a bit about the process, but it will hopefully look very little like this photo in the end!


  1. Oooh - I LOVE process photos!! This is going to be FUN to watch "take shape" - ;))

  2. I am delighted you shared how this starts. I am already impressed. That wire is thin and yet you have already constructed a great armature. I look forward to the next step soon, Barbara.

  3. Looking good can't wait to see it finished.

  4. I like it as modern sculpture as it. I can't wait to see what you do with it Barbara. Hugs-Erika

  5. I am curious about the process too. Is this a special type/size of wire that you use for the armatures?
    Is the blue tape used for a specific reason or would regular masking tape work as well?

    1. 16 gauge wire is good, any kind like stainless steel, copper, whatever is available — mine came from JoAnn’s jewelry making dept. — the masking tape can be any color, doesn’t matter as long as it strengthens the wire armature

  6. You are really getting to me-inspiring me to make some dolls!
    I wanted to tell you that if you don't like the mess of papier mache (I don't) then you can form dry newspaper over the armature and tape it up with masking tape. Paperclay sticks good to it-it may take longer to dry the paperclay though. Probably your process is better.