Papier Mache Bowl

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“Papier-mâché” is a term that has been applied to innumerable three-dimensional objects having a paper core. The phrase can be confusing. It is it spelled many ways, ranging from the French papier-mâché to the Anglicized paper mache, papier machie, etc. The original term “papier-mâché” literally means masticated paper, but it is also used to describe objects made of very different types of paper constructions, including:

  • paper pulp applied, cast or extruded into a molded form
  • paper strips adhered together over a molded form
  • paper sheets adhered together and pressed between molded forms

Van Der Reyden, Dianne, and Don Williams. The History, Technology, and Care of Papier-Mache: Case Study of the Conservation Treatment of a Victorian”Japan Ware” Chair. Smithsonian. Web. 1 Feb. 2013. <>.

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