These branches. Are taking. FOREVER.
All twelve wire armatures are finished now, which took much longer than I expected, and now I’m covering them with masking tape. DHawkTX (and also on Deviantart), a friend over on the Den of Angels BJD board, where I’m cross-posting this series, suggested the masking tape to create a base for further papier mache details. I realized that would be like combining the first two steps I was going to do: coating in white glue and doing traditional papier mache over them. So I tried it and so far it’s working beautifully.
Except for the part where it takes forever.
I did get three branches done, though, so I put them on the chair so I could take a picture for you. I think part of the reason this step is being hard on my motivation is that I feel like the branches were prettier before I covered them with masking tape. But they couldn’t stay that way, so I just have to keep telling myself how cool this is going to look when it’s done.
(By the way, that strange shadow in the background is made up of my two cats, Empress and Soleil, who like to sprawl on the stair landing outside my attic sewing room, because if they find somewhere cozy in all the junk inside the sewing room, Mommy will shut them in for the night when she goes to bed. They don’t like that, for some reason.)
Each branch is attached by wrapping its tail around the dowel stem of the chair. I was going to wrap the tail all the way around in a circle, but it turns out that makes the branches too short, so instead it’s more like a C. Currently they’re only attached with masking tape, but when I’ve finished them all I’m going to glue the heck out of them. This is another possible failure point on the chair, so I’m going to make sure that those branches don’t budge a millimeter before I’m done.
If I live long enough to finish taping all the branches, that is. Don’t worry, I’ll be sure pass this project down to future generations so you’ll still get your blog updates.
After the branches are firmly attached, I still plan to use traditional papier mache to add at least one more layer, and then I’ll probably add details with the instant stuff, or if I have to, I’ll go and get some actual Paperclay. But I don’t want to, because that stuff always dries out before I use up the whole bag. Even when I keep it in the freezer. I wonder if Model Magic would be tough enough to get the job done?
Anyway, I’m going to keep plugging along and I’ll post again when I’ve got progress to show you. TTFN.
Index of Forest Thrones posts is here.