(UPDATE: These blank paper mache dinosaurs are now available in my shop Old Raven on Etsy. Just click on the Etsy button above and go to my “Supplies & Neat Stuff” section to view the listing.)
Forewarned – this technique/project is not for the faint of heart. If you like to wrap up your craft project in a day – not happening.
But for me, I love getting entrenched in my craft room. I can easily lose hours at a time engrossed in my art. This is a good thing because this triceratops has proven to be a challenge. I’ve done this riveted metal technique a number of times but always on larger pieces, this is the first time I’ve attempted anything like this dinosaur, and this is what I’ve learned so far.
The smaller the project piece the smaller the piece of embossed foil can be used. Let me show you a sheet of embossed foil.
On larger projects I could cut out 2-3 of the sections and glue them on all together. On this small project, I found I could only use one of the medium to small pieces at a time and for the larger pieces, I ended up cutting them down and adding ‘rivets’ with a round tip embossing tool. The reason is all the curves on M. Triceratops. Foil doesn’t bend around corners well, so this is the alternative I came up with.
On his “large bony frill” I found the best way to deal with this area was long thin strips. I started from the center and worked may way out to each side. But remember, there are no hard and fast rules in this type of crafting. Especially Steampunk. I think such ‘metal work’ looks much better when it’s random in appearance vs too planned out – just saying.
So, though it’s taking quite a while, real progress is being made and I really like how it’s all turning out.
Down to the very last pieces and I must say they were the hardest. Note to self: start with the underneath areas and work up next time.
I’m leaving the bottom of his feet black with no foil, I just like the look better.
Well, I must say, I’ve never seen a riveted metal triceratops on wheels before. I’m liken’ him.
It always sort of sneaks up on me, the part where I put the last strip of foil on and realize the hard part is over! Now comes the FUN part. I couldn’t go to sleep last night because I was mentally going through all my drawers of stash goodies deciding what I wanted to add for the Steampunk bling on this guy.
So don’t go far, next up is adding the ‘Patina of Age’ and faucet handles, brass pendants, gears, screws and who knows what else. YEAH STEAMPUNK!!!!!!
Now go – Craft On.