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Fugu
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From: Atlanta, Georgia
Posted: 2009-04-25 10:38 am   Permalink

I just finished a Solomon Islands inlaid shield that I had been working on for awhile. The square shell pieces are actually from Michaels; they had strings of them in their beading section. Seeing those in the store actually gave me the idea to make the shield. The painting is a little more distressed than it appears in the photo, so it looks a little more antique than the photo would suggest.



Some real ones can be seen in these links:

[url=http://www.metmuseum.org/special/new_galleries/view_1.asp?item=5



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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-04-25 1:18 pm   Permalink

Good to see you posting something again Fugu, you have cool and unusual ideas. Great job on the shield, it is wicker like the original?
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Queen Kamehameha
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Posted: 2009-04-25 3:14 pm   Permalink

Hi Fugu, the shield is quite beautiful! and using the shell beads was brilliant! great job!



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Fugu
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Posted: 2009-04-26 07:55 am   Permalink

Amy- Thanks so much! I love looking through your backyard photos- everything in your yard is amazing.

MadDogMike- Thanks for the compliment. I just made it out of wood...the wicker became too tedious to weave after awhile ) Just kidding, although I did look around at some antique shops hoping to find an old snow shoe or something wicker-like to build the shield on. Then I decided that noone would really notice what the backing was, so I got lazy and got a piece of wood. I think I will edge it with natural fiber or something to make it look like it isn't just a slab of wood.


 
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teaKEY
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Posted: 2009-04-26 10:10 am   Permalink

That shield totally looks like the real thing. And I have admired those designs for years now.
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Tahitiki
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Joined: Jun 11, 2004
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From: San Jose
Posted: 2009-05-21 06:39 am   Permalink

Hey Fugu,
Love the Fan... How did you go about making the fan part?


 
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Fugu
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Posted: 2009-05-21 07:43 am   Permalink

Hey Tahitiki,

The fan part is actually just a woven circular placemat like the one shown below. I saw them on sale for at the World Market and they just reminded me of the woven fans that I had seen in a book. I bought two of the light tan one (the back one in the picture), folded then over so that they would be the appropriate shape, sandwiched a piece of cardboard in for support and glued the thing together. I was going to cut them to the appropriate shape, but they just unravel, so I recommend just folding (or at least folding under the cut edge to avoid unravelling). Then I darkened it up a little with some dilute brown craft paint so that it would look a little older. Super easy to do.






 
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kahalakruzer
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From: Dana Point! California
Posted: 2010-01-08 10:26 pm   Permalink

I love the baining mask idea! I had been wanting to make one since I saw this thread way back, so I finally got the papier mache out and went to town. Just finished the painting on the mask. I'll post some pics when I've got a chance. Thanks for the great idea Fugu!
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kahalakruzer
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Posted: 2010-01-14 10:27 pm   Permalink

Here's some shots of the mask I made. Not nearly as detailed as the one you've got, but it got the job done for me. I also left the back part of the mask off, for ease in wall hanging, although I think it looks a lot better with the complete mask. These masks are awesome too, because there are so many different styles and variations to create. Thanks again for the inspiration Fugu!





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