Paper Mache Baby Elephant »
InstructionsI used the ideas and basic techniques from the linked website - but did a great deal of improvising.
My goal was to create a representation of a 16th century sugar sculpture which were used in celebrations in the Ottoman Empire.
Category: Paper Crafts
Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Funky, Whimsical, Eco-Friendly
A little bit of everything. Dry wall, lumber, screws, coat hangers, glue, metal fencing, tape, tape, tape, acrylic paint, pencils, faux gold leafing, spray fix.
What was your inspiration?
I was planning a feast for hobby recreation. The theme was 16th century Ottoman Empire. I decided I wanted to make something extra special and part of the traditions of the time were to have sugar sculptures. Where I live a sugar sculpture would melt before anyone saw it, and that much sugar would cost an arm and a leg. So I made a facsimile.
Also, there is no where on this form to put my co-conspirators. I had help with this project and could not have done it without my husband Roger's help and the wonderful talent of my friend Ben Pung.
What are you most proud of?
The painting on the body is based on designs found in artwork of the same time period, but drawn by me. I am not much of an artist and free hand drawing the intricate geometric and symmetrical shapes onto a lumpy bumpy object was particularly challenging.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Make sure you know what you are going to do with a 2 1/2 foot tall elephant once you have it. This guy is in my basement, taking up a lot of space.