Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mushroom Trophies (1,000th post!)

Happy 1000th post to me! Hard to believe. That's a lot of posts.

My poor brother's birthday is three days after Christmas, so that means that he usually loses out on the birthday presents. But not this year! (actually, last year, I guess...)

He has said in the past that he wants to start collecting "sister art" (meaning, art made by me... altogether now, "Awww!"). So every once in awhile I remember this and make him something. This year he had a great idea: you know how hunters mount their trophies? Antlers and such? Well, Matt is a mushroom hunter, so he thought it would be cool to have "mushroom trophies." I took this idea and ran with it!

Yes, sculpted mushrooms, in three varieties: morel, chanterelle, and porcini...

mounted on trophy boards, of course. (these were plain pine, but I stained them to look like walnut or some other dark wood).

They turned out so awesome. I love these. Here are the morels:

And the chanterelles:
The underside of the chanterelles:

And the porcini:
I used Super Sculpey and it was so easy to use! I love this stuff now. I sculpted the mushrooms, and then cured them in the oven. Then, it was easy to paint them with acrylics. I used epoxy glue to mount them (I had to stain the epoxy with paint first, so it wouldn't show... apparently it dries in a cream color). Anyway, these are kitschy and fun and perfect for Matt. He loved them and that's what matters most!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Daph! Those are so perfect!! Look exactly like the real deal. You're so good!!! Isn't being creative fun? I wish I had your talent. I know Matt LOVED them. I can see his face now. Love you - Mom

Lu @ Regular Rumination said...

WOW! Those are so full of awesome! :D

They look so real, I thought they were... I don't know, some kind of real/dried/something mushrooms!

Stefanie said...

Those are so awesome! You sculpted them yourself? Do you know how amazing you are? They look real. I thought you had somehow preserved them in acrylic or something.

Daphne said...

Mom: Thanks! He did love them. Mission accomplished.

Lu: They turned out pretty well! They were super fun to make. I am trying to figure out how to use more mushroom sculptures.

Stef: aw, thanks! I have no idea if they are to scale or anything... but they were really fun to make. I am now a huge fan of super sculpey.

Ally said...

Wow! I am speechless! They are gorgeous perfection. Outstanding, Daphne!

Daphne said...

Thanks, Ally! I'm thinking I need to find a way to work a set of these into my as-yet theoretical art show. :)

It's Me, Theresa said...

I can't believe you sculpted those! They look 100% real. What a neat gift.

Tammie said...

these are gorgeous. i love the morels.

happy 1000 post! i thought i was up to a lot with almost 400.

Tammie said...

one more thing: love the new header photo.

Daphne said...

Theresa: thank you! they were super fun to make.

Tammie: The morels were everyone's favorite. I love the little gnome shapes. And thanks about the photo... it was a random surprise success.

Lara Starr said...

Those are AWESOME!

Kate said...

I love them! I skimmed through the post looking at the pictures before going back and reading it, and I TOTALLY thought they were real! They're fantastic!