HOW IT’S MADE! As promised...
Image 1 - final miniature scale model sleigh.
Image 2 - starts with sketches for the client. They pick one or in this case an amalgamation of 3 designs. We’re good to start!
Image 3 - making it lightweight was a priority, as it needs to be raised high and clamped with characters sitting in it. So the base is foam core cut with @excelblades
Image 4 - many layers of papier-mâché to make a strong solid shell and something that could be thrown across a room and not break. Then epoxy. Now it’s hard as a rock. Clay details carefully applied over many days using @artezaofficial
Image 5 - sprayed with @rustoleum
primer in a spray booth
Image 6 & 7 - painted with a few coats of acrylic paints, blended... tiny details added... then @winsorandnewton
gold paint on the swirl relief (3 coats needed in order to look solid). Image 8 - lanterns made using wire, clay and Perspex. Primered (areas taped first with painters tape) and then 3 coats of gold paint and then aging details with brown.
Image 9 - satin over upholstery foam, hand stitched with embroidery thread (it’s expensive but won’t snap so easily). Gold beads sewn in as studs. Other embroidery. Supplies from @joann_stores
Image 10 - put together and sprayed with @rustoleum
satin clear to protect from chipping and fading. Gold relief details additionally painted with glaze gloss varnish to stand out with high shine. Runners (MDF) also added at this time - primered and given 3 coats of gold and sealed.
Total time - 100+ hours. -
Hope this is helpful / interesting! If you like posts like these please give me a follow or a like! 😀😊❤️
#talltales #talltalesproductions #carolinemcfarlanewatts