Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Antlers? More like Can'tlers.

So I recently hung some shelves that are great and all, but I didn't have enough knick-knacks to fill them.  Because I read too much Fuck Your Noguchi Coffee Table for design ideas, I decided I needed some antlers. But apparently everyone else in the tri-state area does too, because I haven't had any luck finding some except a set at the Randolph Street Market for the highway robbery price of $200.


But then I found this amazing tutorial, where Lucy makes these gorgeous, realistic antlers out of a twig and some air-dry clay (which I am no stranger to, as also seen here). She also gave instructions for making them with tinfoil instead of a branch, which she claimed to be easier. And look at that end result above. Lovely. Now look at what I made.


Now, I don't want to call Lucy a liar, because she seems very nice, but I am also incapable of admitting that I am anything less than flaw-free, so sorry Luce, this one is falling on you. I don't know what I did wrong! I made the tinfoil frame! Then I put the clay on! THAT WAS ALL I WAS SUPPOSED TO DO TO END UP WITH CAREFULLY CRAFTED WHIMSY.

Instead I ended up with these weird, crackly, lobster claw looking things. Look at how weirdly thick they became, and how they are just falling apart, and how they look less like antlers and more like a sea creature's defense mechanism. Like, what in the actual fuck happened? Bad clay? The wrong kind of tinfoil? Feel free to throw in any other possibilities that absolve me of any wrongdoing. 

Anyways, I have a few things coming up that are less shitty, but I had to show you how laughably bad this was.

xo,

20 comments:

  1. If you're still in the mood for antlers, Etsy has a ton that are under "vintage" and they're reasonably priced

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    1. haha i think may go that route. free and diy are always my first stop, but apparently that doesnt always shake down the way i'd like!

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  2. I love that you shared the failure.

    Also, if I would have known you were in dire need of some antlers, I would have picked you up the two taxidermied deer heads at the garage sale that was by the wedding we went to last weekend. No joke!

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    1. HOW IS EVERYONE FINDING ANTLERS BUT ME

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  3. paint them red and call it lobster-inspired sculpture!

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  4. I really shouldn't laugh over your failure, but it's kinda hard not to. I got my antlers at an estate sale for $2. I'll keep an eye out for some for you.

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    1. haha thank you!! everyone seems to have been able to find antlers so easily!

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  5. meeeeeg I totally did your clothesline idea, blick wrapping paper and all, haha. I LOVE IT.

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  6. LOL I love it! I should have stocked up on antlers while I was in Missouri, I thought about it but my parents were making fun of me for even considering purchasing antlers it's so foreign to them.

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    1. GEEZ MOM AND DAD YOU DONT EVEN KNOW WHATS COOL

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    2. I even tried explaining to my dad, you can paint a stripe of gold or turquoise on one and sell it for $25 or so and he told me I was making it up.

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  7. I am the spawn of a long, thick line of deer hunters, and grew up with antlers (and taxidermied heads, ugh) all over the place, and albums full of red-shirted uncles holding up bloody buck carcasses. Try eBay, maybe? Deer drop their antlers every year and grow newer, bigger ones, so the backwoods is theoretically filled with "sheds". Enterprising hillbillies might be out there collecting and selling them on eBay to city girls who want to be chic and have antlers on the wall. Support cottage industry! It sounds even greener than making your own out of air-dry clay.

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    1. haha i thought id try to make them with what i already had laying around, but i need to just giving in and buy instead of diy sometimes :) i just need to get out of the city to find them i guess!! thanks for the ebay tip!! :)

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  8. Hey Sandi....I am a nice person, truly...:) so nice, that If you shoot me an email, I'll personally mail you the antlers I made...craftberrybush@yahoo.com. I'm thinking it's the clay that failed you...:(
    This post was so funny...loved it! Talk to you soon...xo
    Lu

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    1. haha lucy, you are the best. i love your blog so much, thanks for being such a good sport about my failure :)

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  9. meg! hobby lobby sells anglers in their decor section! i got some to mount to the wall and hang my jewelry off of.

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  10. girl, I have been present when Red and Rich found antlers on Garbage Mountain on two separate occasions. get out here and we'll hunt!

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