Wednesday, May 29, 2013

No good! Can't hear you!

  Hi, my name is Jessica and I am a NEEEERD!!!

Okay, some of you might call me a nerd while others say I don't fit the "standards."  Whatever you want to call me, I definitely have some dorky tendencies.  One of those tendencies happens to be my obsession love of the movie Labyrinth.  We had a recorded VHS tape of it and I. WORE. THAT. THING. OUT!  I still know every word to every song, and hearing Magic Dance can instantly bring me out of a funk.  Seriously, just try and be sad after watching this video... I dare you!!

Alright, now that we've all watched it three times while dancing around in our... just me? All well!!

The whole point of this post is to tell you that one thing I have wanted for as long as I can remember is a replica of the door knockers from that movie.   The door knockers were always two of my favorite characters; second only to the British worm.  Here is another video for you weirdos who have no clue what I'm talking about:

The only thing is they don't really sell any replicas. I could only find one the first time I looked, and even that wasn't being sold anywhere. I could only find people who had bought them in the past. Boo!  Plus they were tiny plastic figurines and they didn't really look ... quite... right. I was hoping for a more exact sculpt.

See what I mean?

Since I couldn't actually find anything to purchase I decided that I would just sculpt my own out of sculpey clay.  I wanted them to be a pretty decent size so I needed a lot of sculpey clay which wasn't exactly cheap. Once I got about 60% through the first (hard of hearing) door knocker I realized that, while I was really happy with the sculpt, this was not going to work out.  Even though I had built up the majority of the bulk of it with foil, that thing was going to be REALLY heavy, and the clay was not going to hold up to the weight.

I researched other ways to salvage this and figured the best way would be to finish the sculpt and to make a mold and then cast it in resin. The only downside was that was going to be crazy expensive and time consuming; I just couldn't justify the cost, so I scrapped it.  In fact he is still chilling in a closet at my parent's house so if I find it, I'll post a picture for you.

 I scrapped that project a couple of years ago, but I never completely gave up on getting my own Labyrinth door knockers. Now that  we have a whole house to decorate I've decided that I'm going to make it happen. It's now or never.

I started looking online again for replicas that I could just purchase, but I still couldn't find anything that fit with what I wanted.

- I want them to be a sculpt that is as close to the originals as possible.  It doesn't have to be exact I just don't want it to be missing major details.

- I want them to have the actual knocker rings.

- Not a must but a HUGE plus is if the knockers actually function.

Here is what I found:


These are by far the best replicas that I have ever seen. I would be completely ecstatic with these IF they included the actual rings, but alas! They don't. If you are interested you can find them over at The Monster Company!  They also had another set of door knockers that wasn't exactly what I wanted either. 


Again, they don't come with the knockers. So it's a no go.  I'm also not quite as happy with the sculpts on these. The one on the left is good, but I'm not too keen on the right. I don't think it looks quite right, the proportions are off.

I was beginning to think that I would never find what I was looking for.  That is until I was searching Pinterest the other day and I found this gem:

via the Paper Mache Blog

"That's not a labyrinth door knocker!!", you say.  To which I respond "IT'S NOT!?!?!"

This bad boy is all paper mache. Yup... completely made of paper, cloth and paste.  It was created by the insanely talented Dan "the monster man" Reeder.  If you haven't seen his stuff before run don't walk (or you know just click) on over to his blog: Paper Mache Blog!

Dan has tons of videos and books to teach you exactly how to do this type of thing yourself.  If you haven't yet discovered where I'm going with all of this...

Ladies and gentlemen... I am going to try (emphasis on TRY) to make my own door knockers out of paper and cloth. Oh, and flour and water... and maybe a bit of glue... and tape. You get the idea.

Get excited because I'm going to document my progress and share it with you all.  I'm hoping to get started within the next couple of days!

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Talk to you soon!

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