Sculptures made of plastic wrap and packing tape, how odd...
As I'm sure some of you, maybe many of you, have not seen a plastic wrap sculpture before, I will show you some pictures first.
Step 1: Materials
This project uses only a few cheap materials (depending on where you get them)...
Plastic wrap (What brand is up to you, some sticks better than others and sometimes you may not want that... so it's all up to you)
Packing tape (go for the clear packing tape for a nice clean look)
Scissors (it's not pictured but you need 'em)
An item to wrap (if it is your first/second try make sure to have something you don't mind getting cut a little. After you have some practice it is easier not to cut things)
Step 2: Wrapping...
The first real step is to wrap your model in the plastic wrap. Get EVERY nook and cranny. Believe me, if you don't you WILL regret it. It is nearly impossible to correct that mistake later on....
Do not worry about detail in this step, for now just get the plastic wrap around the model not too tight.
And remember, don't be afraid to wrap it twice!
Step 3: Packing Tape...
After you have double checked that is completely covered with the plastic wrap, bring out the scissors and the tape.
You will be taping everywhere on the model. Everywhere. This is another thing you don't want to muss up. If you don't get a spot the first time around you can come back with more tape. But after this step there is nearly no turning back.
Use your fingers to press down on the tape in certain areas where you want detail. The tape will typically stay depending on the brand.
If some tape is sticking out, feel free to just cut it off and tape over the area.
Step 4: Removing the Model...
Now that you have (hopefully) successfully finished all the wrapping, we need to remove the model. This is achieved by cutting a few simple lines in the wrap.
Cut a small hole in the plastic and cut through to create an opening. Depending on how complex your sculpture is, you may need more cuts to allow for easier removal. Just keep in mind, it may be easier to remove but it is harder to put back together with more cuts.
Step 5: Taping It Back...
In the previous step you cut up your sculpture and now you presumably have a mess of plastic that may or may not look how you want it to... This is how you put it back together.
Using just a small strip of plastic at a time, connect two corresponding sides of the plastic and place the tape on top. For better results, place your hand inside and press upward while the other hand presses downward on the tape.
Continue this process until it is all taped up.
Step 6: Finished!
Now you're finished! Put it somewhere fun!
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