I wanted to do something just a little different today, so I created a how-to video showing the baby Indian elephant coming to life, from beginning to end. This big baby used several of the techniques you’ve probably already seen in other tutorials on this site, but this is definitely the largest project I’ve done to date.
Even though she’s big, and I used a power saw to make the armature, Elsie wasn’t really the most difficult project I’ve done — she’s just the biggest. I’ve now discovered that making big animals sculptures is kind of fun. Where on earth will I put the next one?
Here’s my YouTube video about How to Make a Paper Mache Elephant:
If you want to make your own baby Indian elephant, you can download the patterns here.
Elsie came inside last night, which I thought was prudent after the previous slug incident. I managed to get her gray coat on before I went to bed. When I woke up this morning there was a dead mosquito attached to poor Elsie, with it’s proboscis embedded in her new gray hide. Nature, tooth and claw, I guess—but you’d think a mosquito would have enough sense…
 - I just received a note from someone who saw this video on YouTube – and used the ideas to make a full-sized adult Indian elephant. That’s right – full sized. That’s one humongous paper mache animal sculpture. You can see it on their paper mache elephant video here.