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Pasting Paper

Of Course Lion Source sells genuine pasting and binding paper here.

The lion's paper skin needs to be strong but flexible and is best when tight against the frame. To accomplish this, use a combination of different papers.

ChoJi Reinforcing Paper LungWan

ChoJi is a thin paper best used on the initial layers to define the shape and bridge the gaps between the bamboo framing. It's very flexible so it's easy to lay it around the lion's curves before strengthening it with one of the other papers.

Used in combination with the reinforcing paper will give pretty good results.

Reinforcing paper isn't a traditional Chinese paper, but its dense fibers make it perfect for sandwiching in between layers of the other papers on the parts of a lion most susceptible to damage such as the bottom of the mouth and the back of the lion's head.

This paper gives those areas a nice hard shell-like quality but doesn't absorb paint as well as the others so cover it up with another paper.

LungWan is a thicker paper but absorbs paint much better than reinforcing paper. Use this for the top layers and you won't be disappointed.

A good combination of strength and flexibility, if you could choose only one of these papers to use for the entire head this is what you'd want to use. One layer of LungWan is roughly equal to two or three layers of ChoJi.

ChoJi (roughly 24"x54"): $1.50 per sheet
Reinforcing Paper (sold by the foot, roughly 24" wide): 25¢ per foot

LungWan (roughly 29"x56"): $2.50 per sheet

Depending on the size of the strips you tear the paper into and the amount of overlap you have when pasting the paper onto the frame, figure on using 3-5 sheets per layer. Obviously the more layers you have the stronger the lion's skin will be, but only you can deteremine what the right balance between strength and weight is for your project.


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