In May, I worked on my styrofoam sculpting technique — just in time to participate in the Fools Flotilla:
I did not make this during the “Art Every Day” BUT I re-located it and made sure it was solidly assembled during AED 😀
This summer I wanted to show some folks that a cement sculpture could, in fact, be made from start to finish in 5 days or less.
Here is the result:
I admit that this guy isn’t 100% complete (I want to extend the mosaics down to where the shell ends) BUT it only took me approximately 5-6 hours over the course of 5 days to get this far. I’m confident that if I weren’t teaching other things at the same time as I was working on this, I’d have finished this guy AND made another 1 or 2 sculptures.
This is a paper mache lion I made for a long long ago NYE party in Milwaukee. I liked him enough to drag him through several apartments and all the way to this current house of mine… sadly, he’d become mouse-eaten and tattered enough that I had to say goodbye to him earlier this summer. BUT, not before I took some pictures!
After all of that stuff got finished in one measely week, I decided it was high time to finish this cement mushroom project and get the darn thing OUT of my kitchen. so yeah. It’s done now. I know how to make better ones, too, now. Maybe next summer….
Played with cement just a little bit before it got cold outside…. and now I have a 70% finished mushroom hanging out in my kitchen….
First, create a plain (if lop-sided) mushroom from a lightweight cement recipe that you just happen to have the ingredients lying around:
Begin attaching “reject” glass pieces around the edge with mortar:
Fill in the rest with pieces of broken and leftover kitchen tiles (these were really fun to smash in to smaller pieces with a hammer —- though next time I think I need to break them in to even smaller pieces):
NEXT UP: grout the cracks & seal the mushroom…… someday when I get tired of having a half-finished mushroom in the corner of my kitchen 🙂
Oh no! They MOVE!!!
I can take no credit for these. It was all the work of J & Ian (as it was pointed out to me eariler – you can’t abbreviate his name and still make your point — it’s true!)
(inspired by Laura’s amazing feat of snowsculpting on Sunday)
(PS – photographing snow is haaaaaaard)
cement fun from this summer….