Monday, March 15, 2010

Bustin' Out

What the hell is this, right?

Well, I used to have a papier mache bust that I used to photograph my jewellery on years and years ago.  Cannot find it anywhere.

So, with the use of a 2 litre pop bottle and cut-down Kleenex boxes, oh, and a shitload of duct tape, I made my own.  Somewhat successfully.

Shredding the newspaper was the daunting part.  It takes

With a homemade recipe of flour, water and salt (to prevent mould), I made completed two busts.

The first is almost ready to paint.  Although, I'll give it two more days to dry.  The finished pieces will be photographed later for the blog.  I am trying to keep them "organic" looking.  Not completely smooth and I didn't want the edges to be perfect.

However, it was pointed out to me by my hubby (really, he is beyond supportive in my crafty endeavours...although we have many laughs!) that my bust does look like it sports a tumor.  That can be found on what would be the left shoulder if you look at the photo head on (technically, the right shoulder). 

I can't wait to see the painted/clear-coated result.  But, I need thoughts on paint colour and that's where I need your help.

I am thinking any of the following:

  • nude

  • white or beige

  • gold

  • silver
Your help, as always, is greatly appreciated!



drollgirl said...

dude! you are one crafty lady!!! the last time i did any kind of papier mache was in junior high. i made an octopus and the bullies in the class smashed it up in the paper towel dispenser. ugh!

amy @ switz~art said...

thanks, chick!

ya, i think the last time i did papier mache was in high school too! it is sad that i am doing it at almost 33? eeeks.

sulu-design said...

Aren't you clever? Smart idea! Of the colors you listed, I'd go for white, although I also think that matte black could be a really nice background for jewelry.

Modern Crush said...

linen? I love those the best...

amy @ switz~art said...

loving the matte black idea, sue! thank you very muchly!

Lady Ren said...

My mom made one of these the last time I visited (Toronto) She ducktaped me from my neck to my butt. She will be visiting in April so I am excited to see how she put my bust/body to use-