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Paper Mache Zebra Head

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17h00

Taxidermy for vegetarians!
The minute I saw this at Anthropologie.com I wanted to make my own... not that I did not want to spend €68 because they would definitely be well spent but because I told myself I could not turn this into a DIY project and saw it as a challenge.

Posted by EVEnl from Schipluiden, Nederland, Netherlands • Published June 8, 2011 • See EVEnl's 299 projects »
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  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Paper Mache Zebra Head  - Step 1
    Step 1

    SHAPE OF ZEBRA HEAD:

    Search for zebra's in google images and sketch to get familiar with the shape of the zebra's head.

    I also had the anthropologie zebra head at hand.

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Paper Mache Zebra Head  - Step 2
    Step 2

    SHAPING THE CHICKEN WIRE:

    This part is realllly tricky and also very time consuming.

    Shape your chicken wire with needle nose pliers and diagonal cutter pliers until you find you have the shape of the zebra.

    The ears are incredibly delicate so I tried to make it a little sturdier near the head.

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Paper Mache Zebra Head  - Step 3
    Step 3

    Wrap the head in plastic foil, it's way easier to glue on.

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Paper Mache Zebra Head  - Step 4
    Step 4

    PASTE RECIPE

    Mix one cup of flour with a tblsp of salt and three cups of water.
    Boil for 5 minutes let it cool and your paste is ready for use.

    Grab your newspaper and cut strips of 4x6 cm

    Glue one layer of newspaper strips onto the foil..

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Paper Mache Zebra Head  - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now cover the whole head with masking tape.

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Paper Mache Zebra Head  - Step 6
    Step 6

    Glue one more layer of newspaper strips.

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Paper Mache Zebra Head  - Step 7
    Step 7

    I noticed the paper strips that were used on the original Anthropologie head were in French so I bought a newspaper (Le Monde) and used that for the final layer.

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Paper Mache Zebra Head  - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now the fun part, painting the stripes.

    To make the zebra look as realistic as possible paint black stripes leaving what stays 'white' to an equal size.

    <- see picture
    The stripes could be painted a little thicker.

  • How to make a taxidermy mount. Paper Mache Zebra Head  - Step 9
    Step 9

    Drill a hole in the back for hanging.

    Enjoy your piece of wall décor!

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sunshinerose0
sunshinerose0 · Perth, Western Australia

My grandkids will love making this. Thankyou.

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Jojomiss
Jojomiss · 6 projects

I love this!

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Sadey S.
Sadey S. · 5 projects

haha IMM A VEGETARIAN! lol but seriously____ this is really cool!

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Impybat
Impybat · North Andover, Massachusetts, US · 34 projects

This is beautiful. Fantastic job!

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Ice
Ice · Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, GB · 1 project

I remember a few years ago seeing an exhibition with animal heads that looked similar to this (but MUCH larger) in some art gallery in Scotland.. mm. I like it. I feel like making myself a unicorn or a dinosaur or.. something using this technique. Maybe squirtle.. Thanks for the how to :)

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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North-Holland, Netherlands · 108 projects

super gaaf en cool geweldig werk.
denk dat ik in mijn nieuw huis zo iets ook ga maken.
echt knap , en mooi de tekst er nog door laten komen.
stunning!!!!!xxxxxxxxx

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~:FallenImmortal:~
~:FallenImmortal:~ · Greenville, Delaware · 2 projects

soooooooo cute :)
I actually think yours is so much cuter than the one in anthropologie!
If i ever have enough time, I will try to make this (:

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MissCoda
MissCoda · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 3 projects

This is sooooooo cool
:D totally gonna make one

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Corvus
Corvus · 1 project

ty. going to use this techinque to make a stags head or a moose head : )

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Skyla
Skyla

This is amazing. Seriously. I've been looking at the paper cutouts you can buy in stores but never thought of paper mache! And considering my fear of taxidermy, this works out perfectly. Haha. :)

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