The Lure of Papier Mache

PAPIER MACHE

Papier-Mache From Victorian Days Is Back In Demand

Papier-mâché  is French for “chewed paper”.   That’s because – you guessed it – it was originally made from chewed up paper. A technique which first started in 1745 in France.  Papier-mâché is also made of ripped or mashed paper and bound with an adhesive, like glue or paste. Highly pliable when it is wet and very hard when it is dry, it is essentially a method of using paper to produce durable three-dimensional objects. As the technique gained popularity in the 18th century in all of Europe, the term papier-mache stuck.

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