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  1. Hi everyone. I just installed a new system that will make it easier to post your photos on UPM. No image editing required!

    I need some folks to test it for me, so if you’ve just finished a paper mache mask or sculpture* please check out the new form. There’s a link to it at the top of the Daily Sculptors page.

    *… or stained glass, or watercolor painting or whatever – if it’s art and you made it, we want to see it. 🙂

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  2. Here is my first attempt I learned a lot and will be making another with skinnier legs. And figured out how to make the clay smoother. Rudolph is my favorite

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  3. I made a tree some years ago. Life size trunk with some branches as a kind of land mark in the hallway of a care home. J did not consider this paper mache as I used cement. But now Jonni is using the same stuff I had so that kinda makes it legit ‘paper’ mache even though the only paper used was to make the sketch.

    The process was pretty standard but the scale required some adaptations. The trunk could not be transported in one piece so I made id detachable. The branches had slots and the trunk consists of three separate parts. I sculpted it as one trunk but made sure I did not let is cure connected.

    For this I made an armature that would fit around the corner of an indoor wall. It looked much like a stackable book case. Really airy but sturdy. Then I covered every part with chicken wire. Now I had 3/4 of transparent trunk.

    The next phase was to cover it. For that I dipped burlap (really cheaper is better in this) in a rather wet cement mixture. It just applies as plaster bandages except that the sheer size required some major elbow grease. The chicken wire did buckle a bit under the weight so I needed to ad some old news paper inside the trunk to support the shape. Not a real problem as 1/4 is open. The next day I mixed up some slurry (Cement water mixture) a bit thicker than the day before. With that I coated the trunk about half an inch thick. This I let rest for a while to let it firm up. After a while you have an almost Magic sand like consistency that is easy to carve. I mixed up a batch for every part of the trunk but in hindsight I could have done the whole trunk. Carving time is at least half a day I would guesstimate.

    After I finished the carving and smoothing out of some parts I covered it all in plastic. Cement needs water to cure. And as the surface area is rather big (inside and outside) there was a chance the cement would dry out rather than cure and that would result in cracks and flaking.

    I gave it a good few days to cure and dry and did the painting. The texture of the cement I deliberately left a bit course yo get a natural bark feel to it.

    The branches are adorned with some lovely branches with leaves. Had to special order those because they had to come with a fire safety certificate. Still only 4 bucks a pop.

    Oh. Interesting detail The hole in the trunk has an additional function. Through there I can reach the bolts with witch the trunk is secured to the wall. It’s mot going anywhere.

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    • What a fantastic sculpture – everyone who walks by must smile when they see it. Thank you so much for the detailed explanation of how it was built, as well. The squirrel is a friendly addition, but it’s that bark texture that I’m excited about. Very nice!

      Many people ask about creating tree trunks (or entire trees) to place in their homes. Your method has the distinct advantage on not containing paper, which could be a big fire hazard in a child’s room or school room.

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  4. Gosh Kat, this is a tough one. Try checking on Etsy and see what general pricing is there for similar sculptures. I saw some that were similar to yours(fabulous by the way!) and they were charging $33-$53. You could also go to local craft shows to see if there were similar items for sale. Jonni once said something years ago that made a lot of sense….price items in such a way that you would be more satisfied with the money than with having it in your possession. Good luck, let us know how things go!

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  5. I would love everyone’s input as to pricI guess on these Nisse/House Gnomes!
    I just have to wait for the beards to dry, then paint & antique them. (As before, they will be coming with a ‘Certificate of Gnome Fostering’ and info on how to care for their gnome…). Their hats and coats are all different from each other.
    Thanks to all!

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    • Hi Kat. I agree with everything Eileen said. I’ll add a few more details that might also be helpful.

      First, time yourself at least once to see how much labor goes into each gnome (they are really cute 🙂 ). Make sure your new business can pay a decent hourly wage unless you’re just trying to make enough money to buy more art supplies.

      Second, determine how you’ll ship the gnomes and how much it will cost. Boxes, bubble wrap, labels and UPS charges add up fast. If you sell locally, of course, you won’t have to worry about shipping.

      Third, start looking into ways to market your gnomes. A local art fair would be a great way to do it, because people could see your gnomes up close and fall in love with them. Selling art online will be much more difficult because you’ll have lots of competition, including mass-produced gnomes from overseas.

      Good luck with it!

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