Hello! As promised, I’m back with some more nerdy content for you. Beware, this project does not have a happy ending. I finished the game The Legend of Zelda Breath Of The Wild and I was very fascinated by the shrines. For those of you who have absolutely no clue what I’m talking about let me give you some background. In the game, your goal is to save the princess by defeating numerous bosses around the map. However, in order to do so, you must “level up” and find weapons to help you win. You do this by going to shrines and solving the puzzles within.
I fell in love with the intricacy of the shrine and I decided to attempt making it myself. I bought some air dry clay off of Blick and got to work! Luckily when I left for college I brought pretty much every art related thing I had including some clay tools! I found a mason jar lid and cut out the platform first. I did this because I wanted to make sure that the platform was a perfect circle before I started anything else.
I then created the base where the grass is that would hold the platform and the entrance to the shrine. I took two cylinders of clay and began forming the shape where the door is. I used a carving tool to shave off the top parts and create the bulbous bottom of the shrine. Since the clay dries in the air, I had to continually spray it with water to keep it damp. I created a little dish of slip, a mixture of clay and water, that could be used to stick two pieces of clay together. I then, after the entryway was added to the base, sprayed the piece with water. This would make it easier for me to create a smooth but rock like shape on the sides.
At this point I needed my clay to harden a little bit so I could add some details without changing the shape of everything I had created. I found a piece of cardboard and put the sculpture on it. I threw a plastic garbage bag over it to keep in the moisture. This is where the process gets upsetting.
My birthday was over the past weekend and I needed to pack up some of my stuff to go home. I packed a suitcase and left my dorm. What I hadn’t realized was that I had knocked over the bag, and ripped it open to the air. I came back, after a lovely long weekend, to my project, cracked down the middle, warped because of the way it was knocked over, and DRY. That means no more cool sculpture for Mj. Hopefully I will have a part 2 of this for you guys eventually but right now I am beyond angry and probably won’t get to fix for a couple weeks. If you have any suggestions for a fix please leave them below and let me know if you’ve had an experience like this so I know I’m not alone!
Stay kind, cool, and crafty.