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Papier-mâché Enchanted Tiki Room Drummer Gods, Ngendei, Hina-Kaluua and Maui
Joshua Bell
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2014-02-22 9:57 pm   Permalink

A few days after returning from "the DL" the Pele statue I'd had shipped arrived by mail. She needed a friend, so I was staring at the empty cardboard box and packing paper, and inspiration struck.



How I made it:

I printed out reference photos of the Tiki Room Drummer God on 8.5x11" paper, cut out a side view, and traced it onto multiple sheets of cardboard. I cut the cardboard out, stacked the layers together, trimmed down the neck and waist (etc), then taped them together. I coated it with papier-mâché - flour and water mixed to the consistency of heavy cream, and used strips of the brown packing paper. Then set it in the sun to dry:



It looked a little rough, but the prototype was supposed to appear carved from wood, so I figured that was okay. I learned on Wikipedia that you can sand papier-mâché so I did a little smoothing.



Base coat of brown ("burnt umber") acrylic paint:



I painted the details on both sides then added cracks:





The colors looked too bright - my son made a quip about hot dogs.

I went back in and weathered it: painted over the details with brown then immediately wiped it off.





I thought this looked acceptable. I used a plastic food storage tub as the drum, lined the inside with aluminum foil, used parchment paper as a diffuser for the drum skin, and stuck in a flickering LED tea light.



He's obviously (and intentionally) much smaller than the drummers in the ETR (or the copies that now go for terrifically high prices). He'll end up on a high shelf, and we can call it "forced perspective". Here he is with a common household object for scale:





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SandraDee
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Posted: 2014-02-22 10:05 pm   Permalink

That's a pretty good representation and a heck of a lot cheaper than buying one off Ebay.

Good job!


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2014-02-22 11:27 pm   Permalink

Very nice JB. Nice step-by-step too.

 
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4WDtiki
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Posted: 2014-02-23 09:04 am   Permalink

Wow, looks great!

 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2014-02-23 10:02 am   Permalink

looks great, thanks for all the info.

 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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Posted: 2014-02-23 8:50 pm   Permalink

JB. That is a very nice piece! I like working with paper mache. Are you adding plenty of salt to your flour mixture?
It’ll keep little critters from eating your creation from the inside out. I use a liquid starch to soak the paper in and I found out that the critters will eat that too if you don’t add lotsa salt-lotsa, lotsa salt!
Keep posting your art.
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Posted: 2014-02-23 9:25 pm   Permalink

Wonderful project, you did a nice job. Certainly it would look good in any Tiki lounge.
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TikiAno
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Posted: 2014-02-23 11:59 pm   Permalink

Awesome. Great build out. and perfect material choice for the design! Very cool.

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2014-02-24 08:30 am   Permalink

Exactly what everyone else said. You really did a great job and paper mache isn't all that easy to work with. Wendy
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Joshua Bell
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2014-02-24 08:45 am   Permalink

Thanks for the encouraging feedback, everyone!

nui 'umi 'umi: Big thanks for the tip about salt! This was the first time I'd made papier-mâché since... probably elementary school. I'll have to watch this guy over time and be prepared to remake him if critters start to nom.

It turned out well enough that I'm thinking of doing a Ngendei next to really match Pele; if I do, I'll take more detailed pictures of the process. And add salt!



 
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tobunga
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Posted: 2014-02-25 2:19 pm   Permalink

Cool! I especially like your solution for the drum!

I like your choice of "common household object" too!

Please post more photos if you continue with other Tiki Room figures!
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ErichTroudt
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Joined: Mar 27, 2002
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From: SoCal
Posted: 2014-02-25 5:31 pm   Permalink

Very clever... congrats.

 
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Joshua Bell
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Joined: Aug 22, 2006
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2014-02-27 10:10 pm   Permalink

Another package arrived. Not Tiki. Well, an Olmec stone head decanter... so only by way of Thor Heyerdahl. But anyway, the empty box was sitting there. Calling to me. And the kids were asleep. So....

I found this nice WED reference photo online and printed it at the appropriate size:



Cut it out, traced it onto cardboard 3 times, cut those out, then started making smaller pieces to bulk out the body. Also made a base and framework for the Earth. Ngendei's profile is a simpler shape than the drummer and he's got much less volume overall but the curves will be less forgiving.



Started assembly:



And completed assembly:



I will probably need to trim under his hands to give that transition a nice edge. Or I may sneak in a cap for the top of the Earth, just under his head.

Elapsed time: 2 hours from printout to posting this.


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Abe Lugo
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Posted: 2014-02-27 10:27 pm   Permalink

wow great job getting crafty, great job, I may take that lead and make some of these.

 
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Joshua Bell
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Joined: Aug 22, 2006
Posts: 62
From: San Francisco
Posted: 2014-03-01 1:37 pm   Permalink

On with the papier-mâché - this time with newsprint (packing paper from the box!) with lotsa lotsa salt! Astute observers may note that I added one more bit of cardboard to change his shape - a bit of a tummy!



Is that the glee club on the placemat under the rack? Anyway, Ngendei hadn't dried out all the way overnight...



...and since I'm impatient and it's cloudy here today, into the convection toaster oven to dry:



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