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Old 02-15-2002, 01:26 PM
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Firdemu 1

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.



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
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Here are the legs assembled.


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



Here is a leg closeup

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

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Old 02-16-2002, 09:50 PM
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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.



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.



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

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wow 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
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Old 02-17-2002, 11:26 AM
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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
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Old 02-20-2002, 06:03 PM
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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.



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


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



Here it is 24 hours later after expanding.



"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

To Be Continued........

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Leaflin, I can`t wait to see another update.
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More - I cant wait

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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?

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Old 02-22-2002, 02:11 PM
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Hi CarolinaGal
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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

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'.



Well things often don't work out as planned
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'




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Old 02-22-2002, 02:28 PM
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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

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.


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LOL, what a hoot!
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! 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!)
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