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Papier-mâché Enchanted Tiki Room Drummer Gods, Ngendei and Hina-Kaluua
MauiTiki
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Posted: 2014-03-24 8:47 pm   Permalink

Wow, those are awesome! I mix a little garlic powder in my paiper mache to keep the bugs from eating them.
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Joshua Bell
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Posted: 2014-03-29 9:26 pm   Permalink

Time to give the poor guy a body:



ErichTroudt will no doubt notice that I've simplified the shape a fair bit: his legs are straight out, the arm pegs are square, and the neck is much shorter. Once assembled he'll still be taller than Pele, though!

Right now, though, he looks a bit like a frog:



Also, this one's tilted head is provided by a slant on the top of the neck; on the real drummer in the ETR, the head has a wedge underneath to give his awesome visage the right view to ensure the audience is enjoying their Dole Whip.



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SandraDee
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Posted: 2014-03-29 9:27 pm   Permalink

your awesome work continues!

Really great stuff!


 
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ErichTroudt
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Posted: 2014-03-30 12:56 am   Permalink

very nice

yeah mine is flat, so I straightened out his legs too....and because my drum was only 2 inches thick I had to tweak his arms at the elbows to go in over the drum instead of more forward.

Look at it this way, if we made them exact like disneys we get a nasty letter..lol

just like me, you've probably got .92 cents in material, and $36 in feathers


 
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Joshua Bell
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Posted: 2014-03-30 8:24 pm   Permalink

Okay, here he is, with a little mood lighting:



Or more clearly, towering over his supplicant:



I am very happy with how the body paint job turned out. It's again a base of burnt umber, then some subtle highlights of red and blue mixed with the brown, then texturing, weathering, and sealing. I'm also pleased with the paint job on the head.

Straight-on shot:



Critique-ey: when I scaled down the body I didn't scale down the head enough. And then when I was comparing the body shape to the head I thought the neck was too skinny so I made the body wider which makes the neck look too thick. Ah well - I think he's recognizable, which is the main thing.

I may still add the flashing eyes, if I can find the right sequins. And no, his hands don't reach the drums. The arms on the real drummers in the ETR angle in.

For scale, another cameo:



ErichTroudt: Yeah, feathers were spendy! The paints weren't cheap either, since I went to a "real" art store. This particular feather was the best of the lot, but does make him look a bit "emo".


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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2014-03-30 8:31 pm   Permalink

You are so good at this. Talented. This is a really fun thread to watch, Wendy

 
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Joshua Bell
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Posted: 2014-04-13 7:17 pm   Permalink

So the center drummer looks good, but he can't really be a center drummer without drummers on each side. So time to make another drummer god!

Step 1: Print out a picture, trace onto cardboard, and cut out. Over and over and over again.



Step 2: Trim them:



It's easier than it looks. I basically assemble the layers, decide what to cut away, test fit, and repeat. Do one side first, and use it as a template for the other.

Step 3: Assemble!



Yes, I'm doing two! They need to be symmetrical, and there's no way I can perfectly match the one I made before. It was just as easy to make 4 of each piece as it was to do 2. Plus, I can make improvements.


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tigertail777
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Posted: 2014-04-14 12:56 am   Permalink

Wow! I am impressed! I have been silently following this thread, but thought I would finally pipe up because your work is so very cool. I loves me some Enchanted Tiki Room and I am pretty much in awe with what you have managed with humble paper mache! Great stuff!!!

 
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Woodtiki
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Posted: 2014-04-14 07:06 am   Permalink

These are so fun! Fun to watch them come alive.

 
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Joshua Bell
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Posted: 2014-04-16 9:48 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the kind words and feedback, everyone! It means a lot coming from such talented artists. I'm tempted to enter the Art Swap this time if I can come up with something to make...

Drummer Twins Progress!

Wet:


Dry:


Followed by sanding, then another touch-up layer of papier-mâché. Then more drying. Then more sanding.

Base coat:


Wood texture:



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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2014-04-17 12:18 am   Permalink

This sure is fun to watch. You are so good at this, Wendy

 
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littlegiles
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Posted: 2014-04-17 07:46 am   Permalink

These are so cool!

I love the pic of them sitting there in the window, wet. Looks like they were told they couldn't go outside and play until they dried off.

Thanks for sharing the "how tos"

- Dale
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Joshua Bell
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Posted: 2014-04-22 10:06 pm   Permalink

Almost done with the painting. Here is a comparison between pre-weathering (left) and post-weathering (right).



Yes, the eyes are different - slightly different personalities?



I stuck with the color scheme of the drummers that were sold, although each pair in the ETR has a different complementary scheme.

I need to finish the drums and seal 'em. I'll compare "v2" against the first one I made, and can show the whole drummer family together in our enchanted dining room.


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SandraDee
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Posted: 2014-04-23 11:16 am   Permalink

So now that you are almost done with the drummers I think your next project should be making some of the face columns:



6'-8' columns? How hard could it be, right ?



I like the matching pair--can't wait to see them altogether



 
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littlegiles
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Posted: 2014-04-23 12:45 pm   Permalink

Drummers are really looking good!

8' paper mache column....I can't imagine that would be a challenge for you. I agree, we are expecting those to be your next project.

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