I've been experimenting with making 3D sculptures to mosaic. To be honest... I like to mosaic much better than making the sculptures! My husband is also a very creative person. I gave him some basic instructions with how to create an armature and with a little guidance he created this elephant base for me to mosaic. The elephant was started with foam eggs which were carved and glued together. Then wire armature was made for the legs and ears which were attached to the foam base.
I've really enjoyed beading this little elephant. I was of course inspired by the elephant festival held in Jaipur in India. One day I would love to go to India and see all the painted elephants!
Ready for Grout
It took me over an hour to tape off most of the beads! I find that the grout dulls the beads and I want this to sparkle like a jewel (Mani means jewel).