Giraffe For Mum In Law

Made by Helen VanDeNadort

Hi..
After nearly 4 months I have finally finished my giraffe for my mum in law for Christmas. When she is out on Christmas Eve night, my hubby and I are sneaking it over to her garden.

I used the pattern for Jonni’s Giraffe head, created a frame from wood, and cardboard, homemade clay, paper, plaster and paste. His neck was created by using pool noodles. He has been painted with a sealer binder, weather proof exterior paint, and a Pond Sealer to give it an extra coat of protection against the rain. It hasn’t been in the rain yet so hopefully it works ! His mane and tuffs are real Llama Fibre . This was challenging due to my back and health issues, I suffer with Fibromyalgia and during the process of making it, I got two slipped dics in my back, but he was worth it !

Giraffe sculpture for Mum's garden

Giraffe sculpture for Mum's garden

17 thoughts on “Giraffe For Mum In Law”

  1. Absolutely brilliant and inspirational. My last attempt failed but ready to start again. May I ask how did you stop it from being front heavy. Sorry I’m a total novice.

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    • Hi Paula

      Thank you :).. The trick is to use a light weight wood for the frame. The piece of wood for the neck has pool noodles around it to make it stronger but light weight. Plus most of the weight towards the back is from the clay
      Hope that helps. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you for this. That is a great video (and a beautiful setting). Where is the snow? Obviously she is in love with it. Great job!

      Happy New Year.

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    • Of course it’s allowed! In fact, would you allow me to move your link up into the body of your post? Then it will open up so people can see it right on your page, without clicking the link. It was so much fun seeing her reaction! πŸ™‚

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  2. This is so amazing! What a great project and really envy mom-in-law. I’m sure she will love it! This was definitely a labor of love! Great job and thanks for sharing it!

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  3. Oh my gosh! What a sculpture! You did a fabulous job on the sculpt and on the painting. Way to make brownie points with the mother in law! You will now be her favorite! Four months is not a long time to create something this impressive, and especially with all the health issues! (I commiserate with the herniated discs, the pain can stop you in your tracks!)
    So super well done! We would love an update after Christmas on how she reacted to your gift!

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    • Hi Eileen,

      Thank you so much :). I do have a video of her reaction , not sure if i can post it here though . Its on youtube.

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  4. Well, I’m jealous. The bigger thing is what a fantastic job you have done. She will be over the moon. Thank you for sharing. What a project.

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    • Hi Rex + Winn.. Haha. Thanks ! It def took alot out of me, and now my sister in law wants one !! πŸ™‚

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