Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Power of Paper: Ban Plans Spans in Kiwi Land

Those wacky paper-folding Japanese are at it again!

A Japanese architect is to build a new cathedral in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand out of cardboard as a temporary replacement for the original 1864 Cathedral which was devastated by an earthquake on Feb. 22, 2010.

An article in the Aug. 22, 2011 Telegraph states:
The city has yet to decide on a long-term replacement for the landmark and has commissioned architect Shigeru Ban to create a structure that will be ready by the one-year anniversary of the earthquake and last until the Anglican cathedral can be restored to its original condition. 
Tokyo-based Mr Ban has earned a reputation for his use of cardboard – because it is recyclable and surprisingly strong – for large buildings..
The plan is to build an A-frame out of 86 cardboard tubes, each of which weighs 1,102 lbs., rising to a height of over 78 feet.
It will also incorporate a large stained glass window designed by a local artist, while the dimensions of the entire structure are based on those of the original building.
Mr Ban said the structure will take about three months to erect, seat 700 people and cost just £2 million.
At least Christchurch residents can be grateful that the building won't resemble a giant crane!

The image of the paper cathedral (created by K. Kanekawa and Y.Nakamura) can be found here 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Scream a Little Scream for Me

Well, my most monstrous creation to date is all done, and looking quite evil.

Here I've attached the various pieces to the backing board and begun filling out the contours:

After trimming the backing board:

Here's "Evil Roy" from different angles. I gave  him various "corpsey" features because he's supposed to be partially digested or assimilated or something. This is what you get when you cross "Half-Life" with "Silent Hill".

"Be sure to get my good side!"

My wife asked of the round bits, "Are those Cheerio's?"  No, they are paper-clay Froot-Loops!
She also suggested using yellow for the "good" eye, so I trusted in her fashion sense.

I fought the maw and the maw won.

You can see the Great Stuff used to fill in the voids between the head and side walls:

Evil Roy
In space, no one can hear you Escrima!
Various mounted shots:

Still looking mighty cheerful; some people seem to enjoy looking down on others.

Construction Materials:
cardboard, strip paper mache, paper-clay, cloth, masking tape, table-tennis ball, Sculpey, Great Stuff, coat-hanger wire, paint, clear gloss polyurethane

Keepin' it Real --- Cheap:
I stopped by a dry-cleaner's to ask for wire hangers and the attendant gave me all I could carry!
Asked for "mis-tint" paint at my home builder's store and bought two gallons for $5 each.

Anyway, that's that. Happy paper mache-ing!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Scream a Little Scream for Me (WIP)

I had a brainstorm about making a human-alien hybrid. This is my creepiest, most horrible project yet; working title, "Scream!" 

Starting with a cranium-sized, paper mache ball, I used a template to create the facial structure. The template is a rubbing from one of my skulls. You do have a spare skull lying about, don't  you? Of course you do.

Here's the basic head and separate jaw, sculpted from cardboard, paper mache, leftover Celluclay and Jonni's paperclay recipe. (I had some neglected Celluclay in the 'fridge and it had only started to go bad after six months!)


Aaaaaah! That's better.

Fang and teeth assemblies drying in the sun. This is my first attempt at making human teeth using polymer clay; in this case, translucent Sculpey. It's easier than you might think.

Here's a video by Criagsboredatwork that shows you how:  How to - Teeth that glow in the dark Pt. 1

I used a rotary tool to create nostrils and other details. The face, painted with a black-ish, bargain paint undercoat, is looking far too cheerful. It came out looking like a Greek comedy mask.
I'll fix that later, because remember: alien possession is no laughing matter!

More to come.