Sand + cement + stuffies = total entertainment!
This weekend I got going on a new project, making small concrete sculptures using actual stuffed animals as molds. Yep, that’s right I used the actual stuffed animal as the mold for the concrete. I got the idea last week at the Los Angeles Art Show. We saw a number of them at different booth’s and they were sooo cute/awesome/creepy! I decided I had to see how it all goes together. Before I get more creative with this project (combining different stuffed animals, making my own things out of fabric for molds I figured I would pick up some simple stuffed ones at the goodwill.
Here they are all empty and waiting to be filled back up again. It seemed important to get all the stuffing out of them and also to open up the ears so the concrete would go inside of there as well.
I needed sand and I needed cement.
and a bunch of other stuff for mixing and safety:
plastic drop cloth
sticks/poking like device
props for drying
That’s about it. I mixed the cement and sand together 1 to 2. It seemed to make a good mix, not too rough. I’ve never really done anything with concrete so I was pretty much winging it. I smooshed/pushed/ shoved the concrete mix into all of the holes. It was kinda tricky at times- geting the heads full and then the bodies and just manhandling them around was heavy. It was super fun though and sort of easy. Once they were full I would prop each one in a position so it would hopefully dry like that.
Usually I hate to share projects before they are done but what the heck- you can be as curious as I am if it’s gonna work out.
You know what? I filled them all full of concrete on saturday and they are still not dry! All day Saturday I would walk by them and gently poke at them to see whats up and they were still pretty wet. I think at this point I’m gonna let them sit until next saturday and basically just ignore them. It really hard though. I really want to unrwap them and see what they look like!
I have no idea how easy or hard the fur will be to get off the concrete.
A few thinks I already know or learned:
The fur is gonna stick in spots.
As will the eyes and noses because they have attachment points in back.
It will destroy the stuffed animal- i’ll prolly have to cut it off.
Sewing them up with thread does not work. Fishing line was required.
It took a lot more to fill each of them than I thought. At least 18 cups of dry material each.
The bear was way easier! Tails are to be avoided as there is no way to get the concrete into the narrow spaces very easily.
Kitten, Bear and Panther!