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Introduction: Kraken-in-a-Jar

I had a bunch of scrap paper lying around and an afternoon with nothing to do. So I made this.

Step 1: Concept

I originally wanted to create a spinoff of the classic ship-in-the-bottle where I replace the bottle with a jar. However the idea seemed to easy (where's the fun in placing a model ship in a wide-mouthed container?) and somewhat lacked creativity. So I decided to stuff a kraken inside instead.

Step 2: Materials

The materials I used are commonplace things that can easily be found in most households.

  • a jar
  • scraps of paper (in my case it included ancient schoolwork, a mutilated paper bag, and
  • toothpicks
  • thread
  • tape
  • glue
  • acrylic paint

Step 3: Construction

Constructing the Kraken is really simple. I basically just crumpled up some paper into an egg-like form and created the tentacles by rolling and twisting paper. I then secured each piece into place using tape. Finally, once I was satisfied with the Kraken's form, I coated it with papier-mâché.

The ship was actually a failed Kraken head (it was too small). I just repurposed it into a ship, covered it in papier-mâché, and added a couple of masts and some sails in. The masts are toothpicks that I had cut up and lashed together with thread (glue wasn't working for some reason), and the sails are cut from toilet paper.

Step 4: Painting

When the papier-mâché dried off, I started painting. Green and yellow for the Kraken. Burnt sienna for the ship. I used acrylic paint.

Step 5: Voila

And when the paint had dried, I proceeded to stuffing the kraken into the jar, which took a lot more time and effort than I had anticipated but I did it. The jar's mouth, however, did chip off some paint (barely noticeable unless you look really closely).

So there you have it. The Kraken-in-a-jar...with-a-ship-on-top. Technically the kraken isn't even completely inside the jar but I couldn't think of a better name for it. Any ideas? Leave it a comment.

Thanks for viewing.

- jkvnr



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