Wooden Humpty Dumpty
June Pfaff Daley paints a whimsical wooden Humpty Dumpty sculpture.
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Materials and Tools:
paper, pencil, scissors
artist palette and artist brushes in various sizes
11" x 25" pine wood approximately 3/4" thick
4" x 36" belt sander
white, black, blue, red, yellow, brown and peach acrylic paint
burnt umber oil paint
5" x 5" aluminum step flashing
4 pieces of 4" rusty thick wire
10" piece of thin wire
repositionable spray adhesive
matte spray finish
dust mask and safety glasses
1. Draw the Humpty Dumpty pattern on paper by sketching an oval approximately 10" x 15" at the widest points. Sketch the arms approximately 1" x 8" and the legs with feet 1" x 8-1/2". Cut out the paper pattern with scissors.
2. Attach the Humpty Dumpty pattern pieces to the pine board with spray adhesive.
4. Remove the paper from the wood. Lightly pencil the facial features, tie and buttons on the oval wood shape.
5. Wearing safety glasses and a dust mask, taper the edges of the oval using a belt sander.
6. Carve facial features, buttons and cracks in the wood with a rotary tool. Carve the bow tie.
7. Taper the edges of the arms and legs to add character with the rotary tool.
8. Prepare to assemble:
- Drill two holes with an 11/64-inch bit in the oval on each side about midway between the top and bottom and 1/2 inch from the outside edges to wire the arms in place.
- Drill two holes in the oval at the bottom 1/2 inch from the edge to wire the legs.
- Drill a hole in the top end of each arm and leg 1/2 inch from the edge.
- Drill a hole in the end of the left hand with a 9/64-inch drill bit approximately 1 inch from the bottom edge.
9. Clean all pieces with mineral spirits to remove any wood shavings and traces of spray adhesive.
11. Aluminum Sign: Cut a 5-inch square of aluminum step flashing with scissors. Sand lightly. Drill two holes with a 9/64-inch drill bit at the top of the flashing where the wire will be inserted 1/2 inch from the top in the right and left corners of the flashing.
12. Paint the flashing white. Let dry. Hand-letter a saying on the sign with black acrylic paint. Let dry.
13. Mix one part burnt umber oil paint with three parts mineral spirits. Using a dry cloth, rub the mixture on all wood pieces. Let it set for one minute. Rub off the mixture with a clean cloth. Repeat as necessary to get the desired aged effect.
14. Repeat the same aging process on the aluminum sign. Let all pieces dry.
15. Spray all pieces with matte spray finish. Let dry.
16. Add a picture hanger to the back of the oval head centered 3 inches from the top of the wooden Humpty Dumpty sculpture.
17. Attach the arms and legs to the oval head with thick rusty wire through the drilled holes.
18. Wrap thinner wire around a pencil to create a bit of twirl and attach the sign to the hand through the drilled holes.
June Pfaff Daley and her husband Mike enjoy spending time with their three kids. In her spare time she loves to make candies, cupcakes, cookies and other crafty treats! She also painted murals in her kids' rooms.
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