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Old 02-25-2002, 10:04 AM
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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.
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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!!!
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Old 02-27-2002, 01:17 PM
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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

OK got that over with

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

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Old 03-02-2002, 10:55 AM
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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.


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Old 03-02-2002, 11:06 AM
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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"
To give you an idea of it's height the quilt behind it is made of 3" squares.
It is about 60" tall.


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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 Can't wait to see more on this one. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 03-02-2002, 05:16 PM
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Leaflin!

You're a generous genius! I love watching this process. Can't wait to see more.
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you are amazingly innnovative and creative artist leaflin! Can't wait to see this "fird' develop in character ! Thanks for sharing your process!
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leaflin this is awesome...you have a great talent and imagination...cant wait to see this finished
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Leaflin,
I`m enjoying the progress on this one. Can`t wait to see more.
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Old 03-07-2002, 11:35 AM
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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



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.


Umm Umm look what's for dinner

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


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Old 03-07-2002, 11:55 AM
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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.



Here is the basic shape ready for the next phase.



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

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Talking YOU ARE MY HERO !

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 !

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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

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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 !!
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