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Leaflin
02-15-2002, 01:26 PM
Awhile back Miss Mouse made a typo and called her birds...firds.
So began my latest papier mache' sculpture, a Fird...emu.

Here is the rough sketch.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Feb-2002/Firdemu1.jpg

Here are some of the "parts"
2, 1" plastic curved elecrtical conduits
5' of 1" PVC Pipe
2, 1" 90o PVC elbows
6, 1"45o PVC elbows
1, 1" PVC coupling
2, 1"PVC slip caps
Hack saw

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Feb-2002/Firdemu2.jpg

Here are the legs assembled.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Feb-2002/Firdemu3.jpg

Leaflin
02-15-2002, 01:56 PM
I glued the legs together with a hot melt glue gun and attached them to a board.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Feb-2002/Firdemu4.jpg

Here is a leg closeup

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Feb-2002/Firdemu5.jpg

sassybird
02-15-2002, 08:00 PM
lol leaflin This is going to be so cool! I can't wait to see the finished piece. I love your imagination:D

joemajury
02-16-2002, 02:03 PM
I can see the word "FIRD" entering into the dictionary lol,
what HAS MM started.
I LOVE this piece, cant wait to see more, you are SO inventive

Joe
;) ;)

Leaflin
02-16-2002, 09:50 PM
Thank you Sassy and Joe :)
I really love doing papier mache' I can just let go and be me :)
If I mess up.....who can tell.

OK here is the body.
It is a huge balloon covered in about 10 to 12 layers of papier mache' strips.
41 inches in circumference.
I love it when it is all dry and you get to pop the balloon.
Makes the strangest sound as if it is trying desperately to hang on.
Drives Nick crazy :)
This is hollow so that has become my first problem.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2002/Firdemu6.jpg

Here is the neck piece that will be attached to the body and then to the electrical conduit, which will be attached to the head.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2002/Firdemu9.jpg

This is several pieces of gourds sawed then glued together.
The greyish thing sticking out of the middle is an empty spool of surger thread :)

colorme
02-16-2002, 11:17 PM
wow :cool: Leaflin this is looking great I can't wait what you will do with the outerbody of the fird, are you going to add real feathers? i'll be back again to see how it turn out :)

sassybird
02-17-2002, 11:26 AM
Alright, leaflin. Looks like you are moving right along with this project. Thanks for posting your progress. Aren't gourds wonderful? I am trying to talk papa into growing some this year. He hates the cheet grass that tends to take over the area around gourds and watermelons though. Cheet grass is nasty stuff :(

Leaflin
02-20-2002, 06:03 PM
Thanks colorme
I haven't decided on the outer body yet.
Feathers was a thought.
I also thought of making 'feathers'

Sass
What is Cheet grass?
I looked it up in the dicitonary but couldn't find it. LOL
Is it like crab grass?
I love gourds too :)
I think they will take up most of my garden this year.

Here is the neck piece attached to the body.
I used the hot melt glue gun and went overboard.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Feb-2002/Firdemu10.jpg

Since the body is hollow I need to fill it somehow to give it strength.
I went to the hardware store and found a product called 'Great Stuff'.
You spray into a cavity and it will increase three times it's size.
I cut an opening in the lower body where the legs will be attached and sprayed in two cans of this gunk in there.
It is terribly messy :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Feb-2002/Firdemu12.jpg

Leaflin
02-20-2002, 06:18 PM
Here it what two cans worth did :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Feb-2002/Firdemu13.jpg

Here it is 24 hours later after expanding.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Feb-2002/Firdemu14.jpg

"Great Stuff" really isn't ment to fill this large of a cavity.
It dried on the outside faster than it did on the inside causing some of the sticky, gooey product to be trapped inside.
Not a pretty picture :D

To Be Continued........ :)

animal
02-20-2002, 08:40 PM
Leaflin, I can`t wait to see another update.:clap: :clap: :clap:

joemajury
02-21-2002, 09:16 PM
More - I cant wait

Joe
;) ;)

CarolinaGal
02-21-2002, 10:03 PM
Leaflin

I've used something like that on tires. Would it work better (?) if you put it in a little at a time and let each bit dry before adding more. Would the new collapse the older stuff?

CG
(just getting into paper mache and in total awe of you):D

Leaflin
02-22-2002, 02:11 PM
Thanks guys :)

Hi CarolinaGal :)
Thank you
Welcome to WetCanvas.

I think you are right about putting in a bit at a time and layering it.
It would easily support itself as it dries into a solid, dense piece of Styrofoam.

One problem with the product that I used is that if you don't use the whole can in two hours it binds itself up and can't be used anymore.
The directions say to lightly spray on water to help it dry faster :confused:

The next one is a sketch of how I attached the body to the legs.
The idea........
Drill a hole in the top of the body as a starter and stick a dowel rod all the way through.
Drill a hole in the leg frame.
Attach the two together with the dowel rod.
This would give enough stability to hold the two together until I could add more layers of papier mache'.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Feb-2002/diagram.jpg

Well things often don't work out as planned :D
I am banned from using power tools, so Brian (my husband) volunteered to drill the holes.
I held onto the poor Firdemu's body who.... still headless.... hadn't a clue as to what was going on.
As soon as he began to drill all the undried 'Great Stuff' that was inside and under pressure spewed out of the top.
The spinning of the drill distributed this gooey sticky foam stuff all over my studio before we had a chance to stop.

Here are two pictures of 'The Ooze'

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Feb-2002/Firdemu15a.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Feb-2002/Firdemu15b.jpg

Leaflin
02-22-2002, 02:28 PM
This really worked out for the best.
When the 'Great Stuff was through oozeing and started to set up again it dried itself around the dowel rod that I had inserted.
It really was gross.
Kind of like stabbing the poor fellow before he even got a chance to be :D

Here is the body, neck base and legs.
I have put masking tape on the PVC pipe to help the papier mache strips adhere better.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Feb-2002/Firdemu16.jpg

Gisela
02-22-2002, 05:40 PM
LOL, what a hoot! :D
I just found this thread and I'm in total awe of you and your projects! Sound like that was a nasty mess with your goop in the studio! :eek: Glad it worked out ok, though!
The emu is looking great -- can't wait to see more.

Gisela

PS -- why were you banned from the power tools? (gotta be a story there!)

arlene
02-25-2002, 10:04 AM
I am ROFLMAOPIP...I've seen this stuff before...my husband has used it. what a great way to start my day, and i'm eagerly awaiting your fird's progress pics and finish.

PatB
02-25-2002, 03:24 PM
Great visual! Would have liked a picture of the look on your faces when firdemu spewed forth his "Great Stuff". I will laugh when I think of power tools, and husbands, not to mention the wife who requests his help. Why are you banned from using power tools??? We really need to know!!!
Pat

Leaflin
02-27-2002, 01:17 PM
Thank you Gisela, Arlene, and Pat :)
Power tools......
Most incidents have been minor, no blood involved, a few holes here and there.
Sawing into the power cord of the skill saw was my worst offence, and my last one :o

OK got that over with :o

Here is the head and upper neck

The head is several pieces of gourds glued together and the upper neck is a piece of electrical conduit.
I just love his nose/beak :D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Feb-2002/Firdemu17.jpg

Leaflin
03-02-2002, 10:55 AM
I can't attach the head/neck to the body/neck until the body has been strengthened where it is joined to the legs:)
The leg joints also need to be strengthened.
Here is the neck, body, legs and the first coat of mache' strips to strengthen it.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Mar-2002/Firdemu18.jpg

Leaflin
03-02-2002, 11:06 AM
As I added to the body I also added strips to the head and neck.
After six layers of strips I just couldn't stand it and had to attach the head.
I attached the two electrical conduit pieces with a 1" PVC sleeve coupling and hot glued it together.
Then added 2 more layers of papier mache' srtips to the whole piece.

Here is the basic form of the "Firdemu" :D
To give you an idea of it's height the quilt behind it is made of 3" squares.
It is about 60" tall.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Mar-2002/Firdemu22.jpg

diane555
03-02-2002, 12:42 PM
Hi Leaflin

This is one of the most fascinating threads I've read so far! I've seen your work before so I know this one will be terrific too! It's great fun to be able to see step-by-step how different artists work their way through a piece. And important too, because some things are so time consuming that it gives everyone a chance to see what u been up to. You should post some of your stuff in the sculpture forum as well....we'd all love to them there :) And it's a very friendly & supportive bunch of people. I think you must love the hardware & Home Depots as much as I do :D Can't wait to see more on this one. Thanks for sharing.

Di

SanDL
03-02-2002, 05:16 PM
You're a generous genius! I love watching this process. Can't wait to see more.
Sandy

Mae
03-03-2002, 06:20 PM
you are amazingly innnovative and creative artist leaflin! Can't wait to see this "fird' develop in character ! Thanks for sharing your process!

wendee
03-05-2002, 06:58 AM
leaflin this is awesome...you have a great talent and imagination...cant wait to see this finished:D :D :D

animal
03-05-2002, 10:14 AM
Leaflin,
I`m enjoying the progress on this one. Can`t wait to see more.:)

Leaflin
03-07-2002, 11:35 AM
Thank you Diane, Sandy, Mae, Wendee and Animal.
I am so glad you are enjoying the "Firdemu".

Hardware stores are my most favorite places to shop :)
I look at them as a place to store all my parts.

Well here is what I have been up to this week.

I need to smooth out the lines where the couplings join the PVC together and the gourd pieces join.
I also needed to add some strength on his underside.
So I mixed up a batch of pulp mache.
For this I used an egg carton

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Mar-2002/Firdemu19.jpg

Tear it up into small pieces and soak it in hot water.
You should always tear and not cut your paper when making any papier mache' strips or pulp.
This is true in paper making also.
Tearing allows the fibers to stay intact and retain their original length where cutting breaks the fibers, causing them to loose strength in the overall piece.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Mar-2002/Firdemu20.jpg
Umm Umm look what's for dinner :D

After the pieces had soaked for several hours I put them in the blender with some additional water and hit liquefy.
I did this with small amounts at a time.
I then ran the pulp through a sieve to drain off the excess water

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Mar-2002/Firdemu21.jpg

Leaflin
03-07-2002, 11:55 AM
I added about half a cup of wallpaper paste and a quarter cup of white glue to the pulp.
Put it in a ziplock bag and mushed it altogether.

I then patted it flat and applied it to the Firdemu.
Since my pulp was VERY sticky I had more on me than the Firdemu.
So I got out a printers brayer, some plastic wrap and applied it that way.
It worked out great and gave me a fairly smooth finish.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Mar-2002/braer.jpg

Here is the basic shape ready for the next phase.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Mar-2002/Firdemu26.jpg

It was a sunny day so I let him go outside for awhile to get some fresh air :)

Wally's Mom
03-07-2002, 02:03 PM
You do such wonderful work, and you still don't forget to let your creations out to get a breath of fresh air once in a while !

Live long and prosper !:angel:

:clap: :clap: :clap:

diane555
03-11-2002, 07:43 AM
hi Leaflin

This is fascinating to watch!! I enjoy so much being able to watch other artists working through a piece. This is really coming along now. Can't wait to see what's next :D

Di

jaytee
03-11-2002, 09:11 AM
.......ooooooooh............... left hanging............... its like a soap opera :D .........................I'm hooked :(

Found my way here for the first time via Joes encaustic demo...........a great forum... ..will visit again and sign up to this thread for emu-ly awaited next episode !!

joemajury
03-11-2002, 03:46 PM
Originally posted by jaytee
.......ooooooooh............... left hanging............... its like a soap opera :D .........................I'm hooked :(

Found my way here for the first time via Joes encaustic demo...........a great forum... ..will visit again and sign up to this thread for emu-ly awaited next episode !!

Good one Jaytee,
This Forum is the BEST, loads of great new stuff being produced here, and lots of step by step which I personally find invaluable.

Joe
;) ;)

Leaflin
03-12-2002, 11:31 AM
Thanks again everyone :)
It haven't got as much done this week.
Here are the feet.

I did 10 or so drawings of different birds feet and took a composite of all of those.

The base for the feet is foam insulation that you wrap around your pipes.
I got two thickness of it.
On the top layer I cut V shapes to form the ridges on the 'toes'.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Mar-2002/Firdemu24.jpg

Leaflin
03-12-2002, 11:44 AM
I covered the foam with tiny pieces of masking tape pulling and shaping as I went along.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Mar-2002/Firdemu25.jpg

Then I applied six layers of papier mache strips.
Allowing each layer to dry before adding the next.
These strips are very small.
Most being only 1/8th inch wide which allows you do get into small places.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Mar-2002/Firdemu27.jpg

The feet are very rigid now.

Haven't decided what to do next :)
I need to smooth over some of the joints more.

diane555
03-12-2002, 11:59 AM
This is just fascinating to watch Leaflin. Thank you for going to the trouble of posting progress images. The feet are going to look good. I am wondering...have you ever tried that pet bedding made from reclaimed wood pulp waste? It's kind of grey/brown and finely shredded? I picked up a bag a couple months ago because I thought it would work good but I haven't had time to try it yet. Looks like you'd need to soak good and long before using. Can't wait for the next installment on this one :D

Di

T-Rex
03-13-2002, 08:50 AM
Too cool:D

CarolinaGal
03-13-2002, 03:11 PM
Leaflin

I'm amazed at the size of the things you do - and your talent, too.

What kind of paper do you use for your strips? In other words what is that yellow paper.

I have a box I want to do that would have a large flower on the top and I was wondering if tissue paper would be good to use for the flower petals and stamen. Any info from the master would be vastly appreciated.


:D CG

Ivyleaf
03-14-2002, 02:24 AM
Wowsers, this is great leaflin!! Excellent progress and the fird is just wayyyyyyyy too cool!!!

:D :D :D
Ivy

Leaflin
03-14-2002, 05:06 PM
Thank you Ivy, CG, Karen and Di :)
I am humbled by all your lovely comments.
You guys have got me excited about this now and I can't wait to see what it looks like finished :)

CG.....Most of the paper I use is 24lb weight or thicker.
The yellow and blue stuff are printer paper that I got a deal on.
The white paper I use is either butchers paper or recycled printer paper.
The brown is recycled kraft paper and paper bags.

I have never used tissue paper because it is so thin.
But that might be just the thing that is needed to create a delicate flower.
I would love to see your results.

Di.....I have never tried the pet bedding before but is sounds interesting.
I'll be looking for it now :)
I wonder if after you soak it you would put it in the blender like I did the egg carton?
Please let me know if you brave it.

Here is the next step on the feet.
I Decided to make the 'claws' out of a product called Paperclay.
www.paperclay.com
It is still wet so I don't know how it will come out yet.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Mar-2002/foot.jpg

Spent about twelve hours on him yesterday.
I added a thin layer of pulp mache' to the neck and legs then spent the rest of the time working on his tail.
It just kind of evolved into something.
I will load some of the pictures shortly.
(got to get dinner started) :D

Leaflin
03-14-2002, 06:05 PM
The tail

I found some electrical cable in the basement.... the stuff used to wire houses.
Taped it together with duct tape and made a five strand tail.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Mar-2002/wire1.jpg

I needed to get it bunched up and as small as possible so I could insert it into the body.

Brian's bench vise came in handy and really put the squeeze on it :D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Mar-2002/wire2.jpg

Leaflin
03-14-2002, 06:24 PM
I didn't take any pictures of the next step as it seemed kind of gross.

After I had decided where I wanted the tail to go I got some scissors and gouged a hole in it's butt :D

I then put hot glue into the hole and inserted the tail.

Nick (my Border Collie) actually got up and left the room on that one.

I cut a piece of gourd to act as a sleeve and to provide additional support.
This slid this over the wires and was glued it to the body.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Mar-2002/tail1.jpg

The next one is the five wires spread out with the three wires from each exposed.
I went out today and bought some yarn to wrap around the wires but can't do that until I have put six or more layers of papier mache on the gourd sleeve.

The red things are temporary.
They are called wire nuts and are there so I don't poke my eye out!

:D "It's all fun and games till someone loses an eye" :D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Mar-2002/tail3.jpg

diane555
03-15-2002, 10:14 AM
Hi Leaflin

Thanks for posting the new images. Wow...it looks like anything not nailed down in your house is fair game for art eh? :D This is coming along very well. I just opened the pkge. of paperclay I bought months ago for a new lizard project (posted in the sculpture forum). I really like it. I wish there was a way of drying it faster tho..can't fit mine in the oven. I opened that pet bedding today and it appears to be very similar to egg cartons before they are pressed into shape. I put some into a cup of water and it absorbs water quickly. I'm sure you could blend it...it is already fairly fine sized pieces. I am including a couple pics of it in case you want to look for it. It certainly was affordable enough. Keep up the great work on this guy. :)

Di
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Mar-2002/beddinga.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Mar-2002/beddingb.jpg

Nancy Lee
03-15-2002, 09:14 PM
What??????

You lead me here, and now I'm left dangling??????

This is wonderful, and THE most exciting thread around. A real cliff hanger.

WOW.

Not sure if you've posted your "studio" to the crowd or not, but I'd love to see where you...... paint, sculpt.... and all the rest. Please share if you have time on your hands.......... :rolleyes:
Yea.... right. lol.

Thanks for sharing this with me, I love it. Your work
is very inspiring.

BCNU,
Nancy

orchidlover6
03-15-2002, 11:29 PM
leaflin - this is wonderful but I can't believe I was looking at pictures of fird guts! yuck! Cant wait to see the finished product.

Oh please make him bright, vibrant and very colorful.

Leaflin
03-18-2002, 10:30 AM
Hi Di....I went into town and looked for the pet bedding but all they had was the wood chips.
Our only stores are a Wal-mart, Ace Hardware and the Farmers CO-OP.
Next time we go toward DC I'll pop into a Petsmart and pick me up some.
I'll go over and have a look at your lizard before I get back to work :)

Hi Nancy.....Sorry to leave you dangling :D but glad you could pop over here.
I'll post a picture of my studio for you soon.

Hi Orchid...I promise I will make the Firdemu bright.
Trust Me :D


At fist I liked his beak but felt it needed more character.
I took the end of a longnecked gourd from my garden.
Sawed it in half.
Made a new beak with an open mouth.
Slid it over the old beak and attached it with hot glue.
At the same time I also added half of a small papier mache' balloon to round off his head.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Mar-2002/Firdemu33.jpg

Here it is with one layer of strips.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Mar-2002/Firdemu34.jpg

Leaflin
03-18-2002, 10:45 AM
The wings
At first I wanted them outstretched but decided tucked in would be better.

Like the top of the head these are balloons with 12+ layers of strips.
They are cut in half lengthwise, trimmed to fit, then attached with hot glue.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Mar-2002/Firdemu35.jpg

(If you look in the top left corner you can see Nick laying on his bed bored to tears :D )

onefromheaven
03-18-2002, 11:24 AM
Leaflin, I am loving this thread!:) keep it up. Oh and glad to see you popped into the sculpture forum too!:)

artbabe21
03-18-2002, 11:44 AM
AWESOME!!!!!! What a patient woman you are! This is amazing to watch the transformation!:clap: :clap:

islandwoman
03-18-2002, 01:44 PM
I have been watching & learning from your posts for some months. I agree with all the positive statements. You got Creativity with a capital C.

You never disappoint :clap:

Leaflin
03-19-2002, 05:11 PM
Thank you Maggie, Cathleen and islandwoman :)

I started working on him at 5:00 this morning and got quite a lot done.
Yesterday I had added three more layers of strips.
He spent the night next to the baseboard heat in my studio and was very dry and solid this morning.

(I have started talking to him now and every time I say something Nick wags his tail :) )

Today I covered him completely with a thin layer of pulp.
I used a rolling pin and two 1/4 inch thick wood strips (one on either side) to roll the pulp to a thin skin.
The pulp was between two layers of plastic.

Here he is totally covered with his new skin.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Mar-2002/Firdemu38.jpg

Hugh if you ever see this you will notice that Nick hasn't moved since Christmas LOL :)

Leaflin
03-19-2002, 05:23 PM
I was going to use purchased feathers for the tail but they just didn't look right.

So I have decided to make my own out of Lame'.

Here is how I am going to make them.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Mar-2002/Firdemu36.jpg

First I cut the Lame' into 3" x 11" strips.
I made sure that I was on the straight of grain and that the weft thread (which are the pink ones) ran across leaving the white nylon warp threads going up and down

I marked the middle of the feather and attached a pipe cleaner with the glue gun.

Next I glued a second Lame' strip on top of the pipe cleaner

I cut the two strips into a feather shape.
I then pulled off all the white warp threads up to the pipe cleaner leaving the feathery weft threads.

I need 45 of these for his tail!

Nancy Lee
03-19-2002, 06:13 PM
This is so neat........ I love it.

Of coarse you made the feather's your self... we'd expect nothing less from the artist wonder woman, my guru. ;)

I am so anxious for you to complete this "firdemu".Does this particular "firdemu" have a name yet? Is he going to someone special or is he taking up residence at your home?

Keep on keeping us up to date.... please.
Do you have a projected time of completted hatching? lol

BCNU,
Nancy

taghera
03-19-2002, 09:11 PM
LOL Leaflin re Nick, a very wise dog indeed, he must be nearly as lazy as me LOL :D :D :D

This is a great effort this Firdemu "thing" what does Nick think of it?? any growls or funny looks at it?? it really does look brilliant, and will look forward to seeing it finished. :)

artbabe21
03-19-2002, 09:19 PM
OH, but WOW, on the HOT pink tail!!!!!!!! Awesome! I took a look at all the other wonders on your web site!! v You are very talented in many areas!! You go girl!:clap: :clap:
Cathleen~

jenrou
03-20-2002, 02:54 AM
Leaflin, are you sure it is a good idea for us to grow gourds then meet one of these days? My middle name is "if it can happen, it will." My husband laughed at this thread, because he knows the messes I can get into using junk and hardware store products.

This is a great demo!!! What fun!:D

orchidlover6
03-20-2002, 10:57 AM
This is amazing leaflin. How tall is this little firdie? Hot pink tails. Wonderful choice, and for the body color?

reynolds
03-20-2002, 08:33 PM
i just found this and wanted to join the party!!! i am an avid firdy fan, a convert....:clap:

Leaflin
03-20-2002, 09:14 PM
Nancy :)....Haven't come up with a first name yet.
He started out as a friend to the "Whatever" which was the last one I made.
When he is done he'll just join the rest of the gang.
I hope to be finished in a week or so.
I ordered some more Lame' today so that will take a bit, plus the pulp needs to be bone dry before I put gesso on it.

Hugh.... Just as long as it doesn't eat his food or make him move from that rug Nick is just fine :).
He is still resting up from the Haggis hunt we had in January.

Thanks Cathleen I think the name of the pink is Bubblegum.
I just ordered some Key Lime and Purple.

Jean when you plant your gourd seeds think of it as planting lots of little firdemus or other creatures :)
I really look forward to growing them this year.


Orchid...he is about 60 inchs tall.
I still haven't decided on a body colour yet.
I am going to put a few feathers on his body but really don't want to cover it up too much as the texture of the rolled out pulp is fantastic.
The other thing I was thinking was to glue some pistachio shells here and there as added texture.

Hi Reynolds :) glad you are enjoying this.

Well here are a few of the Feathers :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Mar-2002/Firdemu37.jpg

jenrou
03-21-2002, 12:12 AM
Yes, I'm already eyeing my one birdhouse gourd from last year, with new eyes.....

Great demo and creativeness! Thanks!:D

artbabe21
03-21-2002, 12:17 AM
:clap: :clap:

Leaflin!!!!!!! Do you just stay up all night working, you have the tails made already?????? Gorgeous colors! Gotta get a name for this fella------or is it a girlie? Let's have a contest to name it???
Cathleen~

Gisela
03-21-2002, 12:32 AM
Holy Cow! I've been really busy for a few days and haven't checked in here. Woman, you're amazing! :D

You're making the feathers...you just blow me away! :D

Gis

joemajury
03-21-2002, 06:38 AM
You deserve an award for this thread, its SO full of information, and I would like to ask others to post progress pics of there work in progress, it REALLY helps, great teaching aid.
Cant wait to see the next step !!

Joe
;) ;)

orchidlover6
03-21-2002, 10:28 AM
Orchid...he is about 60 inchs tall.

oh my God! this fird looks me straight in the eyes!!! I better be careful or he could devour me....

Wally's Mom
03-21-2002, 12:40 PM
Of you !

Of your firdy friend !

And even of Nick -- after all he's the supervisor, isn't he ?

diane555
03-21-2002, 02:56 PM
Hi Leaflin

I didn't have time to stop in here yesterday and I see I missed a whole lot of progress! Wow, you do work fast! The feathers are fabulous! Wild colors :D Great job on this thread. I love watching the progress others go through in their work. Thanks for taking time to share all the pics. Although I'm never sure how it is you can get so many good shots...I'm usually such a mess I hate to touch my camera. Guess I'll have to cover it in cellophane :

Di

Leaflin
03-23-2002, 01:48 PM
:) Thank you all for your wonderful encouragement :)
You guys are fuel to my fire right now.

The tail seemed to be coming along ok but I wasn't really pleased with it.
The UPS Man brought the Key Lime and Purple Lame' on Thursday so I had all the colours I needed.
When I added the last feathers it just didn't look right.
I removed all 45 feathers and started over again :(
The purple doesn't show up well in this photo and looks too blue.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Mar-2002/Firdemu39.jpg

There are five wires with three wires in each and three feathers on each of those wires.


I used a low temp glue gun which worked great and didn't burn my fingers like the other one.

:D I have been working my TAIL off :D

Leaflin
03-23-2002, 02:07 PM
While I was waiting for the Lame' to arrive I added the eyes and started building up around them with pulp.

The eyes are styrofoam balls with two coats of 'Paper Clay'

When the pulp is dry I will add some detail with the 'Paper Clay'
I also added a layer of 'Paper Clay' onto the beak and sanded it smooth.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Mar-2002/Firdemu40.jpg

Back to work:D

Gisela
03-23-2002, 04:49 PM
OMG! He barely has a face and already he's loaded with personality!!
This is such fun to watch!

gis

jaytee
03-23-2002, 08:23 PM
Wow. those feathers make me think of Carnival Time! Can't wait to see tail attached :)

artbabe21
03-23-2002, 09:09 PM
:clap:
Gotta love that face-----cool eye balls!! Glorious tail feathers!
Cathleen~

jenrou
03-25-2002, 11:44 AM
Last year's harvest, ready to hatch.:D

I tried to delete the duplicate message of mine, but got the message, "Are you trying to delete someone elss's message?" what? huh?:confused:

jenrou
03-25-2002, 01:23 PM
Ready to hatch

orchidlover6
03-25-2002, 01:24 PM
leaflin - I like this fird's tail even better now. Very catchy and festive looking.

Leaflin
03-26-2002, 03:38 PM
Nice gourds you got there Jean :)

Here is his tail completely finished.
All of the electrical wires and exposed pipe cleaners were wraped with satin ribbon.
Then pom-pons were applied to hide the ends.
His whole body was coated in Gesso then given an undercoat of purple which will be painted over.
Just couldn't handle all that white :)
(The Purple is so bright I had to go into printshop and tone it down before I posted it so I wouldn't blind you guys :) )

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Mar-2002/Firdemu41.jpg

I worked a little more on his head.
Adding outer eyes, nostrils and a small crest :D


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Mar-2002/Firdemu42.jpg

joemajury
03-26-2002, 03:46 PM
I LOVE his face, he REALLY is taking on a personality of his own.
I like the purple body to. lol

Joe
;) ;)

artbabe21
03-26-2002, 03:51 PM
Oh, Leaflin------it's GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope she/he doesn't eat too much since she won't be going off to college you'll be feeding her quite a long time unless you find her a home!
Cathleen~ she has to be a girlie, don't think a boy would dress that wild!:(

orchidlover6
03-26-2002, 06:31 PM
leaflin - i also love the purple body. goes with the tail feathers so well. what a wonderful face you're developing.

jaytee
03-26-2002, 07:50 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Definitely NOT disappointed :D

onefromheaven
03-28-2002, 08:51 PM
.Way to go Leaflin I love the addition of the feathers and purple body is perfect. great job, can't wait to see more:clap:

diane555
03-29-2002, 07:37 AM
Hi Leaflin

This tail is fascinating! wow...and the colors you've chosen are fabulous!! As I said long ago, you should be designing for some childrens show, like Sesame St. Your mind must me a colorful place to live I was showing my husband this thread last night and he was just amazed! Great job on all your pics, and thanks for sharing so many of them with us.

Di

baquitania
03-29-2002, 07:58 AM
Leaflin:

Your new name is "Art MacGuyver" :D, this is soooo amazing...

Bobby :D ;)

Leaflin
03-29-2002, 11:11 AM
:D ROFLOL "Art Mac Guyver" :D I love it Bobby.

I'm not going to keep you guys in suspense too much longer.
I really hope to have him finished by dinner tonight so I will post what I have and get back to work.

I wanted to add some feathers to the head and perhaps the wings so I made some smaller ones.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2002/Firdemu43.jpg

I cut strips of Lame' 1 3/4 " x 10"
As with the other feathers this was cut with the weft threads going across and the warp threads going up and down

I ran a bead of 'Aleen's Quick Dry Tacky Glue' down the selvage and smoothed it out with my finger.

I then layed the 'feather' on Saran wrap to dry.

The glue stopped the feather from fraying and was tacky enough to stick when I wraped it.

When the glue was dry I frayed the feathers up to the glue line.

I folded a 12" pipe cleaner in half for added strength then wraped the frayed Lame' strip around the pipe cleaner.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2002/Firdemu44.jpg

I did 48 of these :)

Leaflin
03-29-2002, 11:19 AM
The body is just about painted and I will take a picture when the sun comes out this afternoon.

I took a metal skewer and made some holes in his head for the feathers.

Poor thing didn't ever flinch.
He is such a brave 'Firdemu' :D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2002/Firdemu45.jpg

artbabe21
03-29-2002, 01:57 PM
LOOKIN' GOOOOOD!! Thanks for the detailed pictures of the tail making! Can't wait for the debut of finished Firdemu!!
Cathleen~:clap:

Leaflin
03-29-2002, 06:14 PM
I would like to thank everyone for all the support you have given me.
Your encouragement has really made this a lot of fun.
:D THANK YOU :D

OK here he/she is

First the wing feathers.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2002/Firdemu46.jpg

The head finished.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2002/Firdemu47.jpg

Other side of head

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2002/Firdemu48.jpg

Leaflin
03-29-2002, 06:17 PM
I present to you.....'Firdemu'

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2002/Firdemu49.jpg

'Firdemu' and his faithful companion :D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2002/Firdemu50.jpg

joemajury
03-29-2002, 06:32 PM
Well done, this is one of the best threads I have followed at WC, in a way I am sorry he is finished, you will have to start something else, so that I have something to look forward to each day.
He is absolutely FANTASTIC.
I LOVE his colours and his face just brings me out in a huge smile.

Joe
;) ;)

Gisela
03-29-2002, 06:45 PM
OMG -- OMG -- OMG!!!!!! I love it!
The firdemu is magnificent!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

This has been so much fun to watch -- and such an inpiration -- makes me wanna go build me a big ole' creature/companion!

I love it!
Great, great job on the bird. :D

Wonderful...fantastic...did I mention that I LOVE it?

Gisela :D

PS...he looks so happy to be all done!

Nancy Lee
03-29-2002, 07:06 PM
AWESOME :clap: :clap: :clap:

What do you mean you want to thank us??? We want to thank YOU . You've shared the birth of this beautiful, fun loving firdemu with us. I think we've all looked forward to seeing what's next. It's been fantastic. He's (she's) absolutely beautiful.

You'll have to move on to something else to entertain us now. ;)

Thanks again for sharing it with us.

BCNU,
Nancy

Caron
03-29-2002, 07:29 PM
Unfortunately I only learned of this thread this evening by Joes link from the Cafe so all the suspense was taken away(at least in a lengthy time frame!). Leaflin, this was the most interesting proceeder I have been a part of. I am absolutely in love with your firdemu and did sympatize with him when he had to spill his guts:crying: . Your experience with the Good Stuff is well known!! I think you were an absolute genious for your use of material and Nick was a very loyal pup both to you and Firdy..:) This has been fabulous...Bravo!!!!!:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

drapier
03-29-2002, 08:21 PM
I love this Thank You Very Much what a great thread

MissMouse
03-29-2002, 09:05 PM
He is wonderful leaf I love him.........

Leaflin
03-29-2002, 09:06 PM
Thank You :)
I am so happy you guys have enjoyed this process.
I remember the first day I went into ACE hardware looking for parts and trying to explain to the sales person what I wanted to make.
Joe .... I am glad I brought a smile to your face :D
Gisela...If you build a creature I'll do a mural....(but not in a men's room) :) I am not that brave.
Nancy...I have a few more creatures running around in my head.
I may have to make a mate for him or her so we can have a little Firdemu.
Caron... That was pretty bad when he spilled his guts :) I don't think Nick was very happy with that part.
Glad you came in for a look.
Drapier...I'm pleased you enjoyed my Firdemu.
Thanks for popping in :)

Leaflin
03-29-2002, 09:12 PM
Thanks Pam...Glad you like him and thanks for making that little typo to spark me :)

artbabe21
03-29-2002, 09:15 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap: WOOOOHOOOO! Whatda guy/gal firdy!
Thanks for keeping us so entertained watching your inspiring
creation!!!!!!!
Cathleen~

Wally's Mom
03-29-2002, 09:31 PM
WOW WOrds fail me, but I LOVE IT !
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Leaflin
03-29-2002, 10:00 PM
:D Thank you Cathleen and Wally's Mom.
Cathleen.....I still don't know if it is a he or a she :D
There is really no evidence either way :)

drapier
03-29-2002, 10:10 PM
Originally posted by leaflin
:D Thank you Cathleen and Wally's Mom.
Cathleen.....I still don't know if it is a he or a she :D
There is really no evidence either way :)
Click here for some assistance in this department (http://msucares.com/poultry/management/poultry_sexing.html)


MIKE

Leaflin
03-29-2002, 10:24 PM
Mike
:D ROFLMAO :D
I am laughing so hard I can barely type.
All I can say is it is a critical moment in a chicks life :)
Around here for a chick if you aren't female you're fertilzer.
Guess I had better make Firdemu a female :)

Lulu
03-29-2002, 11:16 PM
Leaflin you are a creative genius! I am gob-smacked! (and I think Firdy is too:D:D)
At least this one wouldn't bite me!

I would love to see you do a NZ pukeko now:)

dupliKate
03-30-2002, 12:22 AM
Oh...Leaflin....he(she) is absolutely amazing!! I also dropped by after Joe's post in the Cafe. I bet Nick sometimes thinks..."No-one would believe the things I've seen!"

I really enjoyed reading this....I need to look into this forum more often....magic happens here!!

K:D :D

Leaflin
03-30-2002, 04:14 PM
Thank you Lulu and Karen :)

Lulu I promise it won't bite :)
I saw a batik of three Pukeko done by New Zealand artist Joan Fitzpatrick.
They look very colourful with their bright red feet and beaks.
Bet they would be fun to do.

Karen I am glad you dropped in to see us.
There is such a variety of art in this forum and you never know what will pop up next :)

joemajury
03-30-2002, 05:52 PM
He just HAS to be a "HE".
1. He has had a woman fussing over him for the past couple of months
2. All the women love him :D
3. Other men admire him :D

Joe
;) ;)

PatB
03-30-2002, 08:23 PM
Just wonderful:clap: :clap:
The colors, so very flamboyant, just has to be a male. Strutting his stuff.

03-30-2002, 10:20 PM
I am now an official firdlover !!

Thank you ever so much for sharing !!

Katja

T-Rex
03-30-2002, 10:53 PM
Hey Leaflin...Firdemu rules!!!Thanks for sharing...its amazing how clever you are w/ that hardware stuff....

Excellent color choices and I gotta agree w/ Joe btw:D

Love him....you should be proud of your new friend, and Nick deserves a treat for being such a good helper...

He looks like he's walking right thru your yard (I wonder what kind of noise he would make...LOL)

Outstanding work, good for you.....Karen

wendee
03-31-2002, 05:28 AM
this is fantastic Leaflin...you are such a talented Lady....:D :D

islandwoman
03-31-2002, 08:47 AM
Add my praise to the multitudes. Outstanding. Thanks for all the information that you so graciously share.

Little Old Lady
03-31-2002, 09:41 AM
I have to agree "He" is fantastic. A whimsical being. What is next?
JoAnn

Leaflin
03-31-2002, 02:47 PM
Originally posted by joemajury
He just HAS to be a "HE".
1. He has had a woman fussing over him for the past couple of months
2. All the women love him :D
3. Other men admire him :D

Joe
;) ;)

ROFLOL
Gotta agree with you Joe :)
A "HE" he shall be :)

Leaflin
03-31-2002, 03:04 PM
Thank you Pat, Katja, Karen, wendee, islandwoman and JoAnn.
I'm glad you all joined me on my journey.

What I enjoyed most about creating the Firdemu was that, although I had an idea of what I was going to do I really wasn't sure how I was going to do it.
And I sure didn't expect that "Great Stuff" to do all that oozing :)
It became an adventure for me.
Everyone's support sparked me along :)

taghera
03-31-2002, 04:36 PM
Fantastic work Leaflin, and Nick still hasn't moved!!!!!!! LOL. :)

Leaflin
04-01-2002, 12:25 PM
Thanks Hugh :)
Gotta admire that dogs ability to relax :D

orchidlover6
04-01-2002, 01:08 PM
oh leaflin - I just was able to get to this thread. He is wonderful. He has a life of his own, or perhaps part of you since you put so much of your heart into him. Where will he live?

Nancy Lee
04-01-2002, 02:42 PM
Love the tiny head......
JOY
It will make me smile every time I see it....... By golly, I saw him being hatched....lol

BCNU,
Nancy

jackddavis
04-01-2002, 03:49 PM
How could I miss this? Utterly fantastic. I have to wonder how long this will last in the weather? Is it water resistant?

One thing about the foam you used to fill the "egg"........They make that in two parts that you can mix and pour into molds and cavities. Might have worked better than the pressurized can method....I have some of it but haven't used it yet, so can't speak from experience.

great work......!!!!!!!!

Leaflin
04-01-2002, 06:29 PM
Thank you Orchid... I love your poem.
Right now he is in my studio but will most likely end up in our living room.
We got rid of our couch last week so there is lots of room in there.

Thank you Nancy......I couldn't resist the new tinyhead.
I'm glad he makes you smile :)
Just don't tell Nick I changed it. LOL

Thank you Jack.....I don't have to worry about the weather as I will keep him inside.
It would be fun to make some Papier Mache' creatures to stay outside.
Like toucans in the maple trees :D

There is a book called "The Step by Step Papier Mache' Garden" by David Papworth where he suggests several layers of a liquid sealer.
I think I would want to do some test pieces before I exposed anything to the elements.
I will check into your foam suggestion.
What is it called?
It sounds like a great idea and would avoid the ooze problem :)
If you use yours anytime soon please let me know.

jackddavis
04-01-2002, 07:26 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Apr-2002/Foam.jpg

This is the brand that I have. There are probably many different brands available. You've seen it used as placed in plastic bags and then fitted around an object in a box and allowed to foam inside the bag and box, around the object to make a very good form fitted packaging material. Also used to fill voids in boats for flotation. Says on can that it can be used for art projects. I can see it poured in a box or other form and then cut and sanded to shape to make papier mache forms.

I bought this at Home Depot in the paint department with the epoxy and polyester resins. Probably any home center that carries paint will have it.

Leaflin
04-01-2002, 09:29 PM
:clap: Thank You Jack :clap:
You may have just changed my life!
I'm headed out to Ace Hardware first thing in the morning :D

sassybird
04-02-2002, 06:04 AM
You have done a great job documenting your process in creating this fird:D I still say you should be working for an animation company....lol

Leaflin
04-02-2002, 07:37 AM
Thank You Sass :)
What fun that would be......
Who knows....... there's still some life in this old girl yet :D LOL

Ivyleaf
04-02-2002, 09:35 AM
Leaflin,
What a creative imagination you have! Following along with this thread, I'd never have ended up where you did...LOL! When I saw all the parts and pieces at the beginning, I thought to myself, has she lost her mind??? LOL! You've done such an awesome job on it, thanks for sharing all your progress along the way!

:) :) :)
Ivy

Lady Grey
04-02-2002, 12:16 PM
How come that I overlooked this thread ???? I'm impressed - it's very complex and creative. Right now I can't comment on this, because I'm looking for my jaw lying somwhere on the floor :D
Lady Grey

tuatara
04-02-2002, 03:09 PM
Hi Leaflin,

just caught up with this from Joe's Cafe post. Firdemu is wonderful...thankyou so much for such an interesting documentary!!! Just as good as the wildlife ones.:D

I especially like his colour.

Well done, I'm looking forward to your next adventure.

Pam

Leaflin
04-03-2002, 12:39 PM
Thank You Ivy :).....When I first went to the Hardware Store looking for "parts" they thought I had lost my mind too :D LOL

Thank you Lady Grey and Pam :) Glad you enjoyed my creation.

One of the reasons I like doing my Papier Mache' creatures is to create a little happiness.
I derive much joy in seeing peoples faces light up with a smile when they first see them.
Young and old.
This one was extra fun because I was afforded the opportunity to share it with all of you.

Thank You :)

TeAnne
04-03-2002, 07:44 PM
Originally posted by leaflin
I present to you.....'Firdemu'

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2002/Firdemu49.jpg

'Firdemu' and his faithful companion :D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2002/Firdemu50.jpg
heheeh I see Nick enjoys the company of his new friend :D
I finally got here to see your WIP. Excellent work LeafLady. So how much would this be worth, if you were going to sell him? (In the thousands I bet and well worth it) :D
Your "Great Stuff" lolol We call it "Gap Filla" made of polystyrene that expands when it hits the air. Thats what I used for the froth on my empty beer cans. The only way I could get it off my hands was with acetone. Stinks like nailpolish remover. *ugh*
Once again. Many thumbs up :D
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/images/icons/icon14.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/images/icons/icon14.gif :clap: :clap: :cat:

Leaflin
04-03-2002, 08:31 PM
Thank you TeAnne :)
LOL
I was wondering when someone would bring up the money thing :D
I spent over 200 hours on him and he is a one of a kind, so in the thousands is a good guess.
I told Brian I wouldn't sell him for anything.....but we can all be bought :D

"Gap Filla" has a much better ring to it than "Great Stuff"
It is next to impossible to get off.
I'm still finding it in Nick's fur.

TracyN
04-07-2002, 01:08 AM
OMG! How on earth did I miss this thread!? I just sat reading start to finish and laughed, giggled and smiled all the way through! The end product is just SOOOOO CUTE! Art Macguyver is right! hahahahahahhaha

Loved it!

jaytee
04-07-2002, 09:12 AM
He's quite amazing/gorgeous.

I want 'FIRDEMU - THE MOVIE' :D :D :D

Leaflin
04-23-2002, 06:53 PM
Thank you Tracy and Jaytee.
I'm glad you enjoyed his creation :)

jenrou
04-23-2002, 07:47 PM
When is the next episode? I want to tune in. It was great, leaflin! Just think I might actually get to meet firdie and Nick!:D

Leaflin
05-09-2002, 09:18 PM
:) Thank you Jean.
I hope you get to see Firdemu and Nick soon :)

As for another episode.....
I have another one building up in my head......
I'll let you know.....

JustjoGA
06-30-2002, 01:45 PM
I can't believe I've been a WC! member since April 2, and just this morning read this whole thread from start to finish!!! It was as good as any good multichapter novel I've read.. I saw the finished Firdemu photo, but never thought to go back and read his evolving. How I wish Jim Henson could have seen this fird!!! He would have loved him... You are an amazingly creative and talented person, and I salute you all over again, Leaflin...

Jo

CarlyHardy
06-30-2002, 06:50 PM
this thread will be stickied! so everyone can see the Firdemu!

Fantastic demo!
carly

Leaflin
07-02-2002, 08:23 PM
Thank You Carly :)

Thanks Jo :)
I wish I could have shared him with Jim Henson too.
That would have been a dream come true.

cjpaints
07-03-2002, 01:18 PM
Hi leaflin
WOW! I just came in here to read posts on paint your beaches and found this thread!! What a great story and wonderful ending He is absolutely captivating! What a great imagination you have!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: Thanks for sharing the whole process! All the best
CJ:)

inkskin
07-04-2002, 02:31 AM
HEEHEE! I was remembering this firdemu last week and have been meaning to go back and find the thread. I Love IT!!Great work and thanks again for taking the time to post the demo.

birdlady
07-17-2002, 11:29 AM
I LOVE THIS Firdemu!!!!


and just think no having to wean it!!!! What a wonderful thread. I was late in feeding my flock I got so involved with reading this. You have done a wonderful job and kept everyone so involved with the progress on it. I was late seeing this but BOY what a treat it was and well worth it. TY sooooooo much Leaglin for showing us the works of a very imaginative and talented artist.


Laurie

Leaflin
08-01-2002, 03:06 PM
Thank you CJ, inkskin and Laurie :)
Glad you enjoyed it.

Laura Brito
08-06-2002, 03:58 PM
OMG!! This fird is so cool! So what are you going to do with him/her? It is the neatest thing to see the progression and so much fun! I know I am coming in on the very very tail end of the demonstration but it is very inspiring!

Thank you again for sharing this!

Laura

jenrou
08-06-2002, 05:47 PM
Not long ago, I was privileged to travel to the mountains and meet Leaflin and Nick, and firdie.
Seeing Firdie up close is really strange! So realistic.She also has these life size people standing in the corner (the one in the overalls in one of her photos) and everytime I walked by, it spooked me,:D :D What fun!

Leaflin
08-10-2002, 08:59 PM
Thank you Laura :)
Firdemu is in my livingroom with another creature called a Whatever, because it is whatever you want it to be :D
We got rid of our couch so there is lots of room in there for more.

Thank you Jean :)
Nick and I very much enjoyed your visit and the wonderful day we had in the mountains.

Sumafra
08-18-2002, 08:37 PM
THANK YOU Leaflin for sharing this with us. He/she is FANTASTIC!!!

This has been the most interesting, imaginative, entertaining and inspiring thread I've ever come across. Yes, INSPIRING, it's got me thinking about new things to do in my own work.

THANKS AGAIN. I just love him.

Leaflin
08-24-2002, 05:06 PM
I'm glad you found "Firdemu" inspiring Suzette :)
Thank You.

Shai
09-04-2002, 12:19 AM
Woohoo! I just found FIRDEMU and read all ten pages from start to finish (when I should've been painting/working!).

This is just SO AMAZING! You've done a TERRIFIC job on this, leaflin! I can't wait to see your next project...

Koert
09-08-2002, 06:54 PM
I only found this thread months after you started it, but i just had to say how much how loved it. I've been telling friends to come take a look at it all day :) It is just amazing. The idea of making anything else than a drawing or a painting never even crossed my mind, but after seeing this, i'm really itching to try something similar myself.

:clap: :clap: :clap:

Hope you post a lot of other step by step thingies in the future

Koert

chookbrown
09-08-2002, 09:06 PM
Leaflin this was soooo cool to watch come to life - I even got my husband to leave his computer so he could come see!!!

Unreal!!

Colleen :clap: :clap:

mlbast
09-28-2002, 02:32 PM
Firdemu is excellent!! I too work in papermache and I have really enjoyed its creation. You have also given me some very good ideas about things to use from around the house to create whatever is needed. I like your other creations too. Someday I
will master the digital camera and will post some of my work.:cat:
linda

Leaflin
09-28-2002, 03:03 PM
Thank you Colleen :)
I'm glad your husband enjoyed "Firdemu" too.

Thanks Linda :)
Glad you have joined us.
I look forward to seeing some of your creations.

Leaflin
10-18-2002, 09:34 AM
Thank you Shai and Koert :)

I'm going to do a couple of Papier Mache' tutorials then maybe get a project going that we can all do!

So start thinking of what you would like to create :D

mlbast
10-22-2002, 06:12 AM
Wonderful idea Leaflin:clap: I'm in!! I personally would like to do a giraffe, tho I think that might be too ambitious for some people that have never done a big paper mache project. I have just finished a project for halloween. It is a 6 foot tree with a big goofy boa constrictor in it. I started out with an old lamp base for the tree and added branches. I finished it off with some wide whale corduroy for the bark. I covered the snake with some light weight material that really feels like skin. Of course I painted the tree brown so it looks and feels like a tree and I painted the snake green like an emerald tree boa. I really wish I could send a picture. I can take the picture but I don't know how to get it on the computer to send it. Sometimes I am just sooo stupid:confused:
I will put my thinking cap on and try to come up with some more ideas. Looking forward to your tutitorials:::D Linda
:cat:

Leaflin
10-22-2002, 08:12 PM
Linda :D
That sounds absolutely fantastic!!!!
You have got to learn how to post a picture!

My husband set my camera port up for me so all I have to do is take the card out of my camera and put it into the port, go to printshop and it all magically appears :)

Check out the Computers/Technology Forum and see if anyone in there can give you some advice.

I can't wait to see your creations!!!!!

mlbast
10-23-2002, 05:37 AM
Unfortunately my camera was a gift and it doesn't have the card. I have heard that they are the way to go for simplicity but I really can't afford to get one. It seems like I never have enough time to study the instructions and make it work. I'm one of those kind of people that need to be shown the first time how to do something. I will keep working on it tho! I have quite a few things I would like to post.
Have you looked at Dan Reeders book called The Simple Screamer? I stumbled onto it at the library one day and I have been doing paper mache ever since.
Bye, Linda:cat:

myorca
10-25-2002, 12:52 PM
Hiya Leaflin,

Just went through the entire firdemu thread and really got a HUGE kick out of it! LOL.....Not only is firdemu incredible but your descriptions on how things were accomplished was fantastic. Thanks for time and trouble in doing what you have done!!

Bob

captan
10-25-2002, 01:03 PM
lol! that's hillarious! The "perfect stuff" wasn't so perfect after all..:p :D - Can't wait to see the finished fird.

EDIT: there's 11 pages of this stuff... I didn't notice... maybe it's allready finished?

captan
10-25-2002, 01:07 PM
Originally posted by leaflin
I present to you.....'Firdemu'

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2002/Firdemu49.jpg

'Firdemu' and his faithful companion :D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Mar-2002/Firdemu50.jpg

lol! he's sparkling! Great ...firdemu..! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Leaflin
10-26-2002, 10:48 AM
:D Thank You Captan and Bob.
Glad you enjoyed it.

Linda, I'll keep a look out for that book.

zyffyr
10-27-2002, 01:33 PM
I'm speechless!!!!!!!!! (I'm NEVER speechless!) I am spoiled for all threads from here on out. I just read your thread from start to finish. Your work is absolutely fabulous!!!! And you are a kindred spirit and were probably a nurse in another life.
Nursing motto: Do everything with nothing. or
My motto: Now what can I use THIS for?
I too have been a hardware store junkie. I also like general stores in tiny towns. But then they built me a Home Depot! If you can't find it there....... The only thing I like better is free stuff.
This is a genetic trait you know. My dad was great at this kind of thing. Unfortunately, neither of us can throw anything away. (Not popular with the rest of the family.) Do you have that problem? Probably not.......you actually USE all the stuff. I can't wait to see your next project.
Thanks so much for putting out all the effort that goes into presenting a project this involved.
:D :clap: :music: :clap: :music: :cool: :music: :music: :music:

Leaflin
10-30-2002, 04:29 PM
:D Thank you zyffyr.
I'm glad you enjoyed it.
AND........Welcome to WetCanvas!!!

debi-d
12-17-2002, 10:35 AM
I am absolutley wowed with this whole thread. Read the whole thing start to finish and I am so inspired by your art.
YOur Nick is like my Boston, he always lays in my studio, and watches everything I do. Im afraid if I made a firdmu my Boston would think he was in competition for my attention and do a take down tear up move on him/her when I wasnt looking.

You are a wonderful instructor and thankyou for sharing
debi

Leaflin
12-19-2002, 10:27 AM
Thank you Debi :)

Sounds like Boston would be your protector:)
Nick is so use to all the different 'creatures' around the house that he's not bothered with them anymore.
I have one called a "Whatever" that he sleeps under :D

monster princess
01-22-2003, 06:00 PM
We went to see the Broadway show Aida Sunday and some of the costumes had these outrageous hats. All I could think was that if I had to name them, they would be Firdemu hats!

I love this bird!

jenrou
01-22-2003, 07:41 PM
Nick is so cool, he just sniffs and raises an eyebrow at Leaflin's projects.:D

lisilk
01-25-2003, 09:47 PM
Hi Leaflin,

I wanted to tell you that seeing your thread was the reason I joined this group two weeks ago, although at the time, I didn't know how to respond to your wonderful demonstration. This was the very first thread I opened and you hooked me.

It was wonderful to watch your progression from conception to purple people eatin' finish. It has such humor and personality. What a great living room you must have !

Thank you so much for sharing your gifts with us.

Li

Leaflin
01-27-2003, 08:39 PM
Thank You Monster Princess :)..... LOL I love it...... Firdemu Hats :)

Thanks Jean :)..... as you know not too much fazes old Nick!

Thank You Li :).....I am honored that Firdemu led you to join us!!!

nsullivan
02-09-2003, 05:40 AM
I am so impressed by this thread, and by the firdemu, he's amazing, I especially like that his legs are bent...it gives him so much character.

As to power tools, I am a carpenter and I have seen seasoned carpenters cut through their power cords..these things happen. You seem to me like a woman who should have her own power tools! :clap:

the great stuff accident was so funny, the first time I used the stuff to insulate around some windows I filled the entire cavity. When the stuff expanded there were sculptures pouring out around the windows. My boss didn't find it as funny as I did.

Spraying a little water into a cavity (with a squirt bottle) before you spray this stuff in does help it to cure faster--who knows what chemical reactions are going on. You still have to do it in layers though or you will have a gooey middle for a long time. If you are going to be doing a lot of this Harvey Industries (near Boston--sorry I don't know for your area but generally a contractor supply place rather than somewhere like home depot) sells a dispenser that you pop the bottles onto (it looks a bit like a garden hose spray attachment) and as long as you close the valve and leave a bottle on the dispenser at all times it wont dry out. Its a little expensive though, around $100.

Anyway, I look forward to your next project, this was amazing I read through it in one go. Keep up the excellent work! :D

--Nicole

Leaflin
03-15-2003, 02:31 PM
Thank you Nicole :)

paintergirl
06-14-2003, 03:42 PM
I had been wanting to read this thread for a while and finally found some time today to go through the whole thread...this fird was too cool for words! Bravo for you for taking the time to post your progress and guide us through the steps and materials. You are creativity and patience personified!!Awesome Leaflin, just awesome :D

BAM
06-21-2003, 09:12 AM
Leaflin,

What an interesting thread. I just love this guy!

Thanks for sharing!
Betty

Leaflin
06-21-2003, 01:30 PM
Thank You Julia and Betty ;)

Mo.
06-25-2003, 05:39 PM
Leaflin.. I came into this forum searching for info on papier mache for my daughter, she makes masks, saw this thread and I've been absolutely enthralled, entertained and full of admiration at your skills.

What a delightful character you created, he/she is wonderful.

Thankyou for a very entertaining hour :clap: :clap:

cheers,
Mo.

P.S. I'm going off line to let my daughter know about this right now.:)

Leaflin
06-26-2003, 08:34 PM
:) Thank you Mo
If she is interested in doing something really bizarre here is a link to my Van Gogh :D
Glad you enjoyed it!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Articles2/1471/124/