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The minute I saw this at Anthropologie.com I wanted to make my own... not that I did not want to spend €68 because they would definitely be well spent but because I told myself I could not turn this into a DIY project and saw it as a challenge.
SHAPE OF ZEBRA HEAD:
Search for zebra's in google images and sketch to get familiar with the shape of the zebra's head.
I also had the anthropologie zebra head at hand.
SHAPING THE CHICKEN WIRE:
This part is realllly tricky and also very time consuming.
Shape your chicken wire with needle nose pliers and diagonal cutter pliers until you find you have the shape of the zebra.
The ears are incredibly delicate so I tried to make it a little sturdier near the head.
Wrap the head in plastic foil, it's way easier to glue on.
Mix one cup of flour with a tblsp of salt and three cups of water. Boil for 5 minutes let it cool and your paste is ready for use.
Grab your newspaper and cut strips of 4x6 cm
Glue one layer of newspaper strips onto the foil..
Now cover the whole head with masking tape.
Glue one more layer of newspaper strips.
I noticed the paper strips that were used on the original Anthropologie head were in French so I bought a newspaper (Le Monde) and used that for the final layer.
Now the fun part, painting the stripes.
To make the zebra look as realistic as possible paint black stripes leaving what stays 'white' to an equal size.
<- see picture The stripes could be painted a little thicker.
Drill a hole in the back for hanging.
Enjoy your piece of wall décor!
My grandkids will love making this. Thankyou.
I love this!
haha IMM A VEGETARIAN! lol but seriously____ this is really cool!
This is beautiful. Fantastic job!
I remember a few years ago seeing an exhibition with animal heads that looked similar to this (but MUCH larger) in some art gallery in Scotland.. mm. I like it. I feel like making myself a unicorn or a dinosaur or.. something using this technique. Maybe squirtle.. Thanks for the how to
super gaaf en cool geweldig werk. denk dat ik in mijn nieuw huis zo iets ook ga maken. echt knap , en mooi de tekst er nog door laten komen. stunning!!!!!xxxxxxxxx
soooooooo cute I actually think yours is so much cuter than the one in anthropologie! If i ever have enough time, I will try to make this (:
This is sooooooo cool totally gonna make one
ty. going to use this techinque to make a stags head or a moose head : )
This is amazing. Seriously. I've been looking at the paper cutouts you can buy in stores but never thought of paper mache! And considering my fear of taxidermy, this works out perfectly. Haha.