Rectangle Wall Sculpture
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How hip! Create your own custom retro décor with the original retro craft material - STYROFOAM™ Brand foam.
Completion time – 2-4 hours
Designer – Kathleen George
STYROFOAM Brand Foam
- Acrylic paints: black; red iron oxide; white; yell
- Brushed metallic satin-finish spray paints: platin
- Pre-mixed mediums, 16 oz.: stucco; spackle
- Balsa wood strips: 1/2" x 3/16" x 36", three;
- 1/2" x 1/2" x 24", two; 1/4" x 1/16" x 36"
- Fine-gauge craft wire
- Serrated knife
- Candle stub or paraffin
- Paintbrushes, 1": firm; soft flat
- Putty knife, 1"
- Disposable palette
- Small disposable bowls, four
- Measuring cup and spoons
- Water basin
- Paper towels
- Small coping saw
- Craft snips
- Fine to medium sandpaper
- Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
- Thick, white craft glue
- 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Refer to
diagram to cut foam sheet into appropriate pieces. Smooth cut
edges with fingertips.
- 2. Mix 1-1/3 c. stucco medium with small amount red iron oxide
paint in small bowl; add a drop or two each of yellow and
white paints to create light coral color and mix well. Remove
a bit less than half of light coral mixture to second bowl;
add more white paint to create pale coral color and mix well.
Cover bowls with damp paper towels.
- 3. In third bowl, add a drop or two of black paint to small
amount white stucco medium to create gray color. Cover bowl
with damp paper towel. Note: Paint colors can change as they
dry; test colors on scrap foam.
- 4. Using firm paintbrush and diagram as guide, spread thin,
even coat of stucco onto appropriate foam piece, covering top
and sides only. Create one rectangle at a time to prevent
- 5. Use putty knife to smooth surface of stucco. Dip soft
paintbrush in clean water to lightly smooth foam edges where
excess stucco tends to accumulate.
- 6. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 to cover rectangles with appropriate
colors; let dry completely. When dry, sand any imperfections.
If needed, apply second light coat of stucco; let dry.
- 7. Mix 1/2 c. spackle with 1 T. water in small bowl to create
easy-to-spread mixture. Apply mixture to long, thin strips of
foam, creating as smooth a surface as possible. When foam
strips are dry, refer to painting diagram and spray paint one
rectangle gold and remaining with two to three coats of
platinum; let dry.
- 8. Cut 24" balsa strips to 20" long using coping saw with fine
blade; sand cut end smooth. Spray paint 20" strips and 1/16" x
1/4" x 36" strip copper and remaining strips platinum; let dry.
- 9. Use craft snips to cut these lengths from long copper wood
strip: 12"; 7-3/4"; 6-1/2"; 5-1/2"; 4-3/4"; 4"; 3-3/4";
- 10. To create design grid framework, arrange two 20" wood
strips vertically on work surface, parallel to each other and
16" apart. Center and glue three 36" strips horizontally
across copper strips at 4" from top, center, and 4" from bottom.
- 11. Refer to diagram to glue darker coral squares and
rectangles to grid, followed by light coral and grey squares
and rectangles. Glue metallic foam strips to tops of light
coral and grey pieces.
- 12. Refer to diagram to glue wood strips in place; most narrow
strips will be glued onto backs of rectangles with exception
of two strips glued to surface of top coral pieces.
- 13. Cut two 3" lengths from wire; twist ends together to form
hangers. Glue loops to vertical wood strips at top back of
wall sculpture. Let dry completely before hanging.