Updated: Dec 14, 2022
"Can they go outside?"...This is the question I get asked right after "What are they made of?"!
Right at this moment the answer to the first question is yes, and no. At present I use varnish to seal my sculptures which is waterproof but only in the short term. I have tested these outside in the past and as long as this layer keeps its integrity they stay looking good for a few months, perhaps as long as a year. However I wouldn't recommend it and I couldn't guarantee it.
One of my main goals for the future is to find a way to make my paper mache sculptures suitably weatherproof and so recently I have been experimenting with some additional ingredients that will hopefully afford the pieces these qualities. Today is the 13th December 2022 (lucky for some!) and I have just placed a life sized sheep outside in my wintery garden to begin the testing process. If you would like to follow it's progress, join me in my free Facebook group where I will be posting updates periodically.
Hopefully in a few months I will be able to report that I can confidently offer outdoor paper mache sculptures.....the suspense is killing me!