Wednesday 17 June 2015

Now who opened that can of worms?!

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THIS is the little project that I had almost finished last week before my glue gun gave up and died on me!  So yesterday I was FINALLY able to finish this and share with you!

And here are the strange annelids that I have tried my best to recreate!  They are a "real world" critter and are used in the Harry Potter universe as a potion ingredient.

   Giant Tube Worms in the Galapagos (Image credited to Wikimedia Commons)
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I used the following materials:
MEDIUMS USED: Gesso, Air Dry Clay, Acrylic Paint, Spray Ink, Distress Ink (Pumice Stone).

OTHER PRODUCTS USED: Very well washed out tuna can!
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Summary Process:
To age the sickly shiny tuna can I scratched the metal with sandpaper then tarnished by holding each section over a candle flame.  This covered it in soot too but after this was washed of it left a beautifully aged tin can ready for its label.

Label created simply myself and printed onto thin copier paper. Aged with Distress Ink (Pumice Stone) using the Tim Holtz "wrinkle free distress" technique.  Once dry further ink in the same colour sponged onto the edges.

Stuffed a little tissue paper into the bottom of the tuna can and added a disk of air dry clay which I painted in the off white colour.

Tube Worms created from air dry clay.  Painted with air dry clay in the off white colour and shades of red and pink added to the head.  Brown spray ink, watered down, brushed in splodges onto the bodies of the worms as well as the disk in the base of the tuna can.

About half the worms were put in place in the tuna can whilst still wet and bendable, the others bent into shape and left to dry before being hot glued into place.
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Here are some more photos:
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So continues Project Harry Potter!  Not sure what to make next, I have several ideas up my robe sleeve!
Random Harry Potter fact... I chose 7oz as my measurement of worms because Hogwarts never adopted the metric system!
Thank you as always for popping by.
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  1. This is awesome Sam. You could create your own collection of spell ingrediants

  2. Gosh! I LOVE LOVE LOVE them, Sam!
    Such an imaginative and well done project! I always love creations that tell a story - and that tube of worms definitely does! You really managed to make them look like they were real! Wow!

    Thank you so much for sharing you brilliant project with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia xx

  3. So funny...I love who did open that can of worms??
    Another great entry for our challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...Thank you ..x

  4. Harry Potter all the way! This looks like an old can of worms. So imaginative and well done! Thanks so much for joining us at SASPC for the ravages of time!no.

  5. This is tooo cool! I love how you can look down their little wormy throats! Excellent work!

  6. Sam, I new to your art and loving it!! So glad my numbers to comment fell on two of your projects! Love the Harry Potter series and the fact about not going metric rocks! Awesome worms!! Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month! ~Nanette, DT~

  7. such imagination used here and it works and so funny - brilliant! Thank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

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  8. Heheheheh - this is soooooooooo cute Sam... I am laughing out loud and just had hubby come to take a look too! You are VERY creative! Thanks bunches for joining the June Challenge at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. j

  9. Sam, My jaw has just dropped about 3 inches, I never expected to find can of worms as an art project. You imagination is amazing and I love this. Would love to have to have one of these so thank you for sharing yours with me. Thank you also for sharing it in the June challenge on Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent and look forward to having you join us again.

    :) Chris / CS Designs

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  10. Very creative.
    Thanks for playing along at Altered Eclectics,
    Lisa Altered Eclectics DT


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