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And Following In the Footsteps of Yesterday’s Post…

By Christa Terry

A little more nightmare fuel. Because apparently for every 100 super chic or cute or comfortable furnishings or accessories for the home, there are frightening things being produced by small artisans for those who don’t find the real world scary enough. Like pillows featuring children’s heads with empty eyes or even, for the outdoorsy types among us, vegetables with faces. So you want a wall of art? How about a whole wall of these:

It's trying to get in!

An up close and personal view of your worst nightmare

From the shop listing:

A wooden support structure is built. To this, styrofoam is added and carved into the basic tentacle shape. It is then closely covered in aluminum wire mesh. In the meantime, newsprint is boiled, then whipped into a mush. The mush is allowed to dry over a period of several days, then it is ground into a fine powder. This is combined with sawdust, glue, starch, linseed oil and a bit of bleach and applied to the mesh by it pushing into the mesh to form a very solid base coat. After this coat dries, it is refined with rasps, and a finer mixture of pulped tissue paper,glue and gypsum is applied and allowed to dry. This makes a very nice finish coat. After it dries, the whole piece is sanded and further refined. Each sucker is built in a 3 stage process over a period of several days. Once the piece is thoroughly dry, it is painted in many thin layers with an airbrush. The depth of the color is further enhanced by a finish coating of highly glossy shellac. The end product is both lightweight and quite durable.

And a steal at $1,100! Okay, not really, but it’s pretty obvious that a lot of work goes into one of these bad boys! Would you buy one?

8 Responses to “And Following In the Footsteps of Yesterday’s Post…”

  1. Maria Says:

    Hrm. If it were a little less sinister looking perhaps…what if the tentacle was curved sweetly around a bud vase to hold the flower of your choice?

  2. Audrey Says:

    I would so buy one of those. I might have to make a knock-off for the “under the sea” nursery……DON’T JUDGE ME!

  3. sidian Says:

    I would totally buy one!

  4. Steph Says:

    Um…that’s a no.

  5. ZaftigWendy Says:

    I would so totally buy one, if I had the money. I would also very much like to knit this and hang it on my wall (this one was made by a friend):

  6. Christa Terry Says:

    @ZaftigWendy !!! That’s awesome!

  7. ZaftigWendy Says:

    I KNOW RIGHT?? I love that friend so much. And if y’all don’t mind a bit of shameless friend-promotion, here’s her website:

    (if that’s against, the rules, I won’t feel bad if it’s deleted)

  8. Christa Terry Says:

    Shameless friend-promotion is ALWAYS encouraged at Manolo for the Home!

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