This just might be the best bit of the project.
For those children whose paper maché was set hard, time had come to pop the balloon so that the inside could be patched up. All went well, we only had one vase casualty when the shrinking balloon pulled the sides of the paper maché inwards. This was quickly rectified by pushing the concave surfaces back to their original form before floods of tears set in. Phew!
The vases must now have a quick thin coat of PVA inside and out just to protect them before they are painted.
In my next post, hopefully I shall have some photos of the vases being painted.