Paper Mache “Great Bite” Shark

Well, as is often the case I got distracted from finishing my Drogon trophy.   There was a “Screamer Challenge” to attend to on the Paper Mache Art Facebook page.   I made a Minotaur-ish Screamer for that.   And I’d started this shark a while back and decided to finish it.   So here it is.   I titled this piece  “Great Bite” Paper Mache Shark.   With this first photo I think you can see why I called it that.

Paper Mache Shark

Here is all of him.    He mounts on the wall in the same way as a trophy would, on a long screw.

Paper Mache Shark

“Great Bite” Shark

At the last moment I decided to give him a little Pilot fish friend

Paper Mache Shark-Dan Reeder


I also finished another project last night.   It’s another non-dragon piece.  I intend to get some photos of that today.  Maybe I’ll post those tomorrow.   And perhaps the Minotaur as well.   I’m going to make time-lapse videos of all of these when I get time.  Just thought some of you might like to see them before they show up on Youtube.

Then I’m going to get back to Drogon.   I have to admit, it’s kind of fun to make pieces that aren’t dragons once in a while.    Thanks for stopping by!


PS.  If you want to see the time-lapse video of this project, you can find it here,

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43 Responses to Paper Mache “Great Bite” Shark

  1. Melinda says:

    Thanks for getting back with all of us. It is nice to see other items that you are doing. I was thing of you today and your dragon outside. Any update to report on how it is doing?

  2. Sue Pearson "Suz" says:

    Aww, he’s “great”! love the little pilot fish, thats really cute! Sounds like you are busy as usual, I’m still preparing for a move to Ecuador, been really hard selling and going through waaaay too much stuff and supplies! Can’t wait to see what else you have been up too!

    • Hey Sue. Glad you like him. The little project I finished yesterday is better. I’m really happy with it. That’s all I’ll say until I get some good photos. Good luck with your move. It sounds like a lot of work!

  3. Debi Priest says:

    WOW! Instead of a Screamer, you made a Shredder!! LOL He’s awesome!! And his little friend too!

  4. Diann says:

    They are wonderful!
    Great Bite looks like he would do just that, take a big hunk out of your body. But when you see him with his co pilot he looks like he is smiling. Great work!

  5. Lau says:

    Fantastic. Well done! I like your work.

  6. agnesannie says:

    They are beautiful!

  7. Carol says:

    Great Bite is fabulous, and all those teeth! Love his little friend, so cute, and gives Great Bite a bit of a personality change. Not quite so scary…

    • Hi Carol. Thank you for stopping by. Yes, I wanted this to be a caricature of a mean great white-ish shark with the giant mouth and all the teeth. And then I expected the project to soften considerably with the addition of the little pilot fish. So your comment makes me feel great. That’s exactly what I hoped would happen. Hope all is well down under.

  8. Nacho says:

    Brilliant! And love the Time-lapse. Is always amazing to see how you come up with ideas on how to use your techniques. Looking forward for all those new updates 🙂

    • Hello Nacho. Nice to hear from you! I forced myself to make three non-dragon projects before finishing Drogon, my new dragon trophy. I got all three done. I’m making a video of a new one. Should be finished by the end of the week. They always take so much longer than I expect. Hope you are well. Thank you as always for your support.

  9. Jennifer K says:

    OMG!! I love sharks! That is awesome, as usual! How have the cats been enjoying their enclosure?? Happy holidays to you and your family! Jennifer

    • Hi Jennifer. Nice to hear from you! Glad you like the shark. The cats still go outside for a little bit each day, but they don’t stay out as long now that it’s colder. Max goes to the cat house in the back yard and waits for me to come out and pet him. He is so affectionate out there, more so than when he’s in the house. Strange. Take care

  10. Sue G says:

    I love this shark, I was given the task of making one myself but of just the head for a Halloween party. I have been searching online and your shark is absolutely amazing. Is there anyway that you can tell me what you used for the teeth and what you used around the teeth it looks so life like. Your work is amazing!!

  11. Tall Potato says:

    Great Shark! I hope I would be able to make something like this for my school project. It’ll be rather difficult but I’ll try… I wish it came with instructions! 😅 😋

  12. Susan says:

    Do have a paste recipe? Measurements of flour/
    water and instructions? I’m going to help my 4th grader make a hammerhead shark. Supplies are chicken wire, duck tape, newspaper strips
    And brown bag pieces torn/crumbled. Hoping newspaper and brown bag pieces stick to duck tape. Thanks!

    • Hello Susan. I use flour and water in about equal measure. But it thickens as you work so you will need to add water as you work. There is no perfect ratio. You will get a feel for the consistency you want. Good luck!

      • Susan says:

        Thank you! Process started! A few more questions:
        1) Wondering if black marbles would work for the eyes. What product should I used to adhere eyes to side of head/paper mache? Glue gun doesn’t seem like it would hold them. 2) Have you used duct tape on damp paper mache or only masking tape?

      • I don’t think any tape will hold onto damp paper mache. It must be completely dry to adhere. I use only masking tape.

  13. Susan says:

    I figured out the eyes by watching your video. Last question (do you believe me). What did you use to stick white cloth sheets onto masking tape? Thank you

  14. win says:

    How to do paper mache paste?
    Thank you.

  15. GABRIELA ROJAS says:

    Hi, is there a regular playback on the time lapse video. Cant seem to make out how you made the jaws part. and forming the body. Trying to work on a shark for science model for my son! TIA.

    • Hello
      Gabriela. There is a way to slow down the playback on Youtube videos. In the lower right of the video you will see a gear which is the settings. You can choose the playback speed from there. You can do 1/4 or 1/2 speed if you want. Good luck!

  16. Michelle Riddle says:

    Is your shark for sale?

    It is awesome

  17. Andres Mojarro says:

    I am making this shark out of paper mache, what do you suggest using as the teeth. Please respond, quick the project is due in 4 days!

    • Hello Andres. Due in four days? I hope you are well into the project. I make teeth out of polymer clay. Brands include Fimo or Sculpey. You can get it anywhere they sell craft supplies. Good luck!

  18. Andres says:

    Any suggestions as to what use for the teeth and the amount?

    • Well I made many more teeth than an actual shark would have which is why I called it Great Bite. So depending upon the size of the mouth and the size of your teeth it would vary. You certainly want enough to fill the jaw. I suggest making more than you think you will need. But since the polymer clay is baked in your oven it doesn’t take long to make more if you run out.

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