A Ballerina made from gold Bonsai Wire covered with Papier-mâché Pulp


This ballerina is formed from gold bonsai wire and each joint is covered with papier-mâché pulp. The figure is painted when dry with Plus Color craft paint and Uni Posca markers are used for making details.

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1   Soak papier-mâché pulp in water using the ratio: 3 parts pulp to 1 part water.
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2   For increased adhesion, add 1 tbsp glue lacquer per 2 dl mass of papier-mâché pulp and water. Knead the mixture well and leave to rest for 1 hour.
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3   Form a frame from two long pieces of Bonsai wire. Form a head in one of the wires with arms raised above it in a circle. Double over the other wire and bend slightly upwards at each end; this wire will be the body, legs and feet.
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4   Assemble the two parts.
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5   Cover the wire with papier-mâché pulp. Legs and arms consisting of two joints. Make hands, feet, a head and a body. Leave to dry for 2-8 days depending on the size of the figure.
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6   Paint the figure with Plus Color craft paint and leave to dry.
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7   Draw details with Uni Posca markers.
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