First, you'll need to make an armature. An armature is the skeleton for your project. It is the basic shape of your project and it will hold your paper mache and paper clay until it is dry. You can use just about anything for an armature, just as long as it can support the weight of your paper mache and paper clay without collapsing. I build my armatures out of rolled printer paper and cardboard boxes. Here's how to do it:
1. Tightly roll 12 pieces of printer paper and duct tape the top. middle and bottom. This will be the main support for your armature. Keep in mind the height of your project. The paper clay will make it taller.
2. Trace and cutout two circular pieces of cardboard. One for the top and the other for the bottom. I trace a coffee can and sometimes plates. They don't need to be the same size, but the bigger one should be on the bottom.
3. Generously hot glue the rolled paper to the middle of both circles. You will need a lot of hot glue.
4. Use a box cutter and cut out equal strips of cardboard long enough to glue to the top and bottom of your circles. Make sure the cardboard isn't so long it sags.
*5. You will remove the paper roll from your armature later on. If you wish to remove the entire armature, cover the armature with painters tape before you paper mache. This will prevent the paper mache from drying to it. I remove the paper roll, but leave in the rest. I think it looks cool.