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« on: May 08, 2012 09:52:35 PM »

This is my first time participating in a Crafster Challenge, but I was excited to dig in and go for it!  After playing with a few different ideas, I decided to create a map of the world using a cardboard base covered in papier mache, with pebbles for the continents.  This was a great project because I did not have to buy any new materials!  I found cardboard in the recycling area of my apartment building, I used paper from an old law textbook that had no more value as a book (in fact, I had previously carved this paper out of the book to make a secret box), and I found plenty of pebbles on the grounds of my law school!

Here is my finished project!

I started by using my scissors to cut out a cardboard base, and several layers to form an ellipse frame.  (Using this handy ellipse drawing method: http://www.mathopenref.com/constellipse1.html )

Then I added more layers for some foundational topography.  I had thought the finished product would have a much more 3D, globular look than it actually did:

I tore up paper, mixed it with water, and blended it in my food processor.  Then I scooped it into a bowl and added flour to give it more structure and strength.  For the frame I added brewed coffee for color, and for the ocean I used a daub of ultramarine blue acrylic paint.

I didn't have the patience (or time) to let the layers of papier mache dry naturally, so I helped them along by putting my project in the oven on the lowest setting (170F).  The piece was too big to close the oven door, but the method worked, though it did cause the edges to curl up a bit.

I had also planned to make a compass with scissor points for the arrows, but I ran out of steam (and time), so I only got it started.

Once I had all the papier mache built up, I printed out continents from my computer, cut them out, and traced them onto the ocean.  Then, using another layer of papier mache, I added in the stones!  I'm not sure how durable it is, but in the end I think the project came together rather well!  It was fun to participate!

« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2012 03:24:57 AM »

What a great idea, it's a shame you didn't add the compass, but maybe you could do it later.

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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2012 03:45:42 AM »

This is a great idea, and looks so good. Smiley

« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2012 08:02:03 AM »

Oh, I really like it. It looks like you had so much fun. Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2012 09:30:04 AM »

What a unique idea! I would have never thought it would work, but it turned out so good! I love all the textures. The scissor compass is a great thought too! I'd love to see it done.
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2012 11:17:38 AM »

Thanks for the feedback so far!  I really will have to finish up the compass and add it on.  Also, I'm happy to report that the rock seems to be holding quite firmly in place.
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« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2012 11:55:49 PM »

Aww where's Hawai`i?  Hehe just kidding!

 I think this is awesome!  Great work!

« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2012 12:57:44 AM »

Hawai`i is there on the far left!  Not in the most accurate position or scale, but definitely there!
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2012 08:55:14 AM »

This looks great!
and it's really unique and creative, well done!
I was just seeing a recipe for paper clay the other day and wanted to try it, you are definitely inspiring me further!

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« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2012 10:57:16 AM »

love how it looks.

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