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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: I made a giant devil. And I mean GIANT. And now I'm just showing off..... on: August 21, 2009 10:20:32 PM


do you or did you go to Pittsburgh Art Institute?

I'm from Australia, and went to NIDA in Sydney. The National Institute of Dramatic Art, I did a degree in prop making for theatre, film and TV. Best course in the entire world.
22  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: A picture of knitting hands, drawn with WOOL! New photo. on: August 21, 2009 10:18:21 PM
Geez guys, thanks!! I posted this so long ago! I remember when I was making it my fingers were getting so sticky from the glue, the wool wanted to stick to me more than anything else. It was so time consuming but I think it worked out nicely in the end. The idea behind the exercise was to make a picture of something with a medium that is directly associated with the topic. Another girl made a picture of a big chicken's foot out of little bits of crushed egg shell.
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: ENORMOUS DOLL HEADS that you can WEAR! With fluttery eyelids!! Cool! on: August 15, 2009 02:40:41 PM
Hey gorgaus, lowest of the low?  I don't think so!! I sent this to prop making friends, who all said holy crap! Can you please post when the heads will be displayed? I'm gonna catch the night train from Melbourne, and stand around in awe looking at your dolls, until it's time to catch the train home again. Wink

Ha ha ha you're awesome! Um..... I'm making stands for them right now for the display, and they're due on thursday, so I think maybe they be on display in the next few weeks. I'll ask them this week and find out the exact dates. They're getting split up though and displayed in different places.
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: ENORMOUS DOLL HEADS that you can WEAR! With fluttery eyelids!! Cool! on: August 13, 2009 02:59:58 AM
oooh! they are the coolest thing I've ever seen.  Are they somewhere in Sydney? I wanna go and see them in real life.  Can someone please interview you? How much did they cost you to make?  Where they a commission? So many questions! Did you do one at a time? man, they're ace! Smiley

They are in Sydney, and they will be soon displayed in the front window of a hair dressers! The name of the hairdressers is Wildlife Hair and it's in Surry Hills. They were a commission and they cost quite a bit to make, with all the silicon and fibreglass and stuff. And they were incredibly labour intensive, we had friends helping us bog and sand them for days. Why on Earth would you want to interview us? This made me giggle, we are but mere prop makers! The lowest of the low! You can go have a look at our website if you like it's www.pinkcactusprops.com
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: ENORMOUS DOLL HEADS that you can WEAR! With fluttery eyelids!! Cool! on: August 10, 2009 11:40:10 PM
There are 2 small holes in the nostrils, and there is a large gap behind the chin area so the dancers can look down and see their feet and some floor in front of them. They can't see much I must admit but that's the way we were told to make them! Maybe if we make a new lot we can make see through lips as well. Somehow....
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: ENORMOUS DOLL HEADS that you can WEAR! With fluttery eyelids!! Cool! on: August 10, 2009 06:15:21 AM

Here is a video of it, not amazing but you get the drift.
27  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: 12 beer glasses with glass etching of animal skeletons on: July 30, 2009 04:14:51 AM
That is so cool!! I want to try that! Very excellent subject matter, they turned out really well.
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: ENORMOUS DOLL HEADS that you can WEAR! With fluttery eyelids!! Cool! on: July 28, 2009 12:28:25 AM
HA HA HA HA You guys crack me up! My boyfriend is very chuffed you like his work. He grins as I read out your comments. Before I was doing this stuff for a real career choice, I was working in stage management in theatre. I liked theatre but I liked doing art much better. One day I was sitting down feeling very depressed about my future, wondering what the hell to do with my life, when I decided to type 'theatre art' into Google. And then up popped the description of the course at my school, for prop making in theatre. I instantly applied right there on the spot, got an interview and then i was accepted. And so it goes.....

29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: ENORMOUS DOLL HEADS that you can WEAR! With fluttery eyelids!! Cool! on: July 26, 2009 08:30:37 PM
Blythe come to life!  Very cool!!  BTW, were there any copyright issues?

I believe there might be some copyright issues which is why I don't like to use the name 'Blythe' in my heading or at all really. The lady who owns them calls them her Poppets. Just to avoid using the word. We'll say we paid homage to Blythe but they're not replicas and we're not mass producing or selling them. It was a private art project.
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: ENORMOUS DOLL HEADS that you can WEAR! With fluttery eyelids!! Cool! on: July 26, 2009 08:25:56 PM
wow, beautiful work!

i am very interested in your process! did you make a mould for these? what was the original sculpt like (and made from!) if you did?

i'm going to take a look at the vid in a second, but my first impressions were very good. are you an art student? or are you in special effects/costuming? i'm curious what other types of work you do

had you considered making them out of a lighter product? or was the weight necessary to support the wigs?

very cool

So many questions!! I'll get around to answering everyone's eventually I hope!! But to start with, i'll try answer these as best as I can!

Yes we made a mould for these. The original sculpt was made from polystyrene. Then we covered the polystyrene in plaster to make a hard shell. The mould was a silicon mould with a fibreglass jacket on the outside to hold all the floppy silicon in place. We had never done anything like this beofre, especially so huge, so we were asking everyone we could think of for advice and stuffed everything up and wasted lots of money but learned many lessons.

I just completed a degree in prop making at a school in Sydney Australia called NIDA. The National Institute of Dramatic Art. My boyfriend and I have a website called www.pinkcactusprops.com We try and make just about anything anyone asks us to.

We don't own the heads, the Jayne Wilde the hairdresser who commissioned them owns them. And adores them. She wants to put them out in the public realm for use at functions and stuff.

Oh, the heads themselves are fibreglass - about 3 layers thick. Fibreglass is strong and really light. The lighter the better for this project otherwise the dancers would never have been able to hold them up.

For those curious about the wigs, she made them all from scratch using fake jumbo hair. And she started each wig with a mesh, much like how you would start a shagpile rug!!

Thank you all so much for your comments, I read them all out to my boyfriend and it made him feel all happy and warm and squishy inside. (He's always wondered why i like to share my crafts on Craftster so much, now he knows.)

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