My first attempt is a gargoyle head that I had previously designed in a 2D piece a couple of years ago. I scrounged around the alley and looked in a couple of recycle bins and trash cans. Among a few other items like plastic grocery bags, etc., I was lucky to score an old plastic colander/strainer and a plastic milk carton.... you can see the progression from the start: after using the trash to concoct an armature, (I split open the milk carton vertically to make an open mouth, then used the strainer for the skull shape.) I put recycled tinfoil around it with painters tape (to hold everything together) then covered the entire gargoyle head in leftover artist tape that I had sitting around in my studio.
Next step: paper mache. I mixed old paper towels with wallpaper paste and a tad bit of water, then applied it everywhere around the head. After this dried, I applied a layer of joint compound, let that dry for a few days, and have begun sanding the entire thing with 80 grit sandpaper (by hand) to see if it will get smooth.....stay tuned for more work in progress!!!