Well today I started making my Planter person. I've had so many ideas in my head, but getting them all together is another thing. I'm going to make it full sized probably sitting on a chair.
I'm using a product called Paverpol from Holland. It makes fabric rock-hard and it adhere's to anything except plastic. I'm going to build a frame out of PVC and pad and form a body and then wrap it with strips of cotton dipped in the Paverpol. You can buy this stuff clear, but I happened to come across a great sale on Terracotta and really didn't want to spend a lot should it not work out.
I was trying to figure out what to do about the head and was going to use one of my head planters but figured it would be way too heavy. So here's where I started.
I'm starting with a face. I started out by covering one of my heads with plastic wrap and then molding tin foil around it. I put the plastic wrap underneath in case I made a hole in the tin foil. This way when I take the face off, it won't stick. (This could be a cool Alien Planter!)
I cut tee-shirt material into strips, (it's recommended that you use natural fibre materials like 100% cotton) dipped them into the Paverpol, wrung them out a bit and started forming them on top of the tin foil. It starts to dry fairly quick but gives you a chance to push and stretch. I think the arms and legs are going to be a lot easier though. It was just a little difficult to try to get some detail in the face, but it's better than no face.
I only wrapped her half around the head so it will be like a mask when it hardens. I plan on attaching it to a pot that I can grow some hairlike plant in.
I think she's looking kind of Granny like though! Not very feminine. Big furrow in her forehead (where tee-shirt material rolled) I think she may be a "worrier". "Winnie the worrier?" Wanda? Maybe some false eyelashes and lipstick! hehehe
It really is starting to get hard! They say it takes a full 2 weeks to cure and if you're going to have it outside you need to use a water soluble varnish to coat it.
Gotta say though...this product is a horror to work with, but it could be just me starting off. I think once I get going with it I'll get a little neater...AND where the HECK is a pair of gloves when you need them?
I had some ideas I wanted to do with that product, but am having second thoughts. I envisioned a liquidy Elmers glue type consistency that would just be painted on or dipped in for a coating that would harden...That stuff looks nasty to work with...hmmm...Also didn't see any mention of the water soluble varnish mentioned on the website. Think I'll wait and see how your project progresses...