For the base of my throne, I needed something heavy, round and very stable, so I picked up some ceramic saucers from the thrift store for less than a dollar each. I’m going to turn them over and glue the chair to the convex side of the saucer, then dress the surface with Sculptamold and put faux grass and stuff on it.
You might think I could leave the underside of the project alone, since no one will ever see it. Not so! I’ve been making art dolls for years now, and I can tell you from general experience that someone always picks it up and looks at the underpants. These saucers have a cheap K-mart pattern on them that will be totally incongruous with the top, so I’m going to cover them up.
I love instant papier mache for faux dirt. It has the perfect texture when it’s dry. So I covered the saucers with papier mache (Celluclay is the brand I happen to have. I think it comes in a different package now, though; I’ve had this one forever) underneath. Since this is an experiment, there are a couple of possible things that could go wrong here. One is that Celluclay shrinks a little when it dries, and since the saucer is not going to shrink with it, the papier mache might crack or even split down the middle. If that happens, I’ll have to fill in the cracks with more papier mache. The other problem is that ceramic dishes are designed to not stick to things, so it’s possible that even if the papier mache doesn’t crack, it might just pop right off the saucer when it’s dry. If that happens, though, I’ll hopefully be able to glue it back on again with Gorilla Glue. (There’s a website called Thistothat.com that helps you figure out what kind of glue to use in any situation. Every crafter should have it bookmarked…. though apparently I don’t, because I keep having to Google for it.)
Now for pictures. Above you can see the covered saucers, which kind of look like rough cement. Also pictured are the DVD remote (I thought My Neighbor Totoro was an appropriate viewing for this project) and, of course, the most important ingredient of all, Diet Coke, otherwise known as Artist Fuel, because this artist mainly runs on it.
When I get to the painting stage, I’ll paint this side dark brown/black and maybe add some threads for roots, or mushrooms, so it looks like underground. Then I’ll spray coat it like crazy and probably add some felt feet so it doesn’t scrape all the paint off anyway.
Wouldn’t it be cute to cover some more of these saucers and build great big mushrooms on them? Maybe I’ll have to try that next.
Really I should wear gloves when I do stuff like this. I’m not a kid anymore and my hands are getting dried out. But as I warned my husband when we got married, the messier my hands are, the happier I am. Besides, there’s always hand lotion.
Stay tuned, gentle reader, to find out if the papier mache did indeed crack.
Oh, and if you like projects like this one, check out Shelley Noble’s Halfland. I am a complete noob compared to her.
Index of Forest Thrones posts is here.