Pâpier-maché is a very labor intensive process which begins with soaking paper into a pulp. After pounding and adding an adhesive solution to the pulp it is placed in moulds. The moulds dry and set, the piece is released, sanded, burnished, and painted with different surfaces preparations. Now the decorative painting can take place. Each piece is highly painted with intricately detailed motifs in the personal style of the artist. The final step is to apply several coats of lacquer to realize a high gloss on the finished piece. It is an incredible process that produces a lightweight, very strong, highly embellished container, figure, or ornament….They are lovely!
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