Everything went sooo beautifully yesterday. Well, not everything. I fell off of an art table and just barely made the line-up deadline, but the parade was gorgeous!
I'm going to apologize in advance for a few long posts, but I promise you'll enjoy them at least a little. Right now:
I spent most of the day working on the wings. I taped on the wing spines...
... then I flipped it over and pinched where the spines were and taped again.
While I was working on bones for the second part of my float (the Just Buried Newly Deads) and highlighting Cthulhu's eyebrows, my friends and sister paper mached the wings. I neglected to get a good picture of either of those last two, and it was at that point that I had fallen head-first off of a table. (I think it only contributed to the creative process, though.)
The wings needed to be detachable for storage reasons. I couldn't just tape/glue them on, so I threaded them on with wire. I decided to sort of give him corset piercings...
... and lace him up like a shoe.
His wings are only uneven because one's on the table and the other wasn't. Now, he's completely finished!
... Almost. The job wasn't done until everyone had the chance to see him.
Next up: Getting Everything on the Car and to the Parade (Without Dying)
Getting Him on the Car and the Parade (Without Dying)
I'm only half-kidding about the title. We were almost in an accident and almost caused countless others. Plus, earlier in the day, I almost kicked my art teacher in the head and we both almost fell off of her car putting the ET float together. I'm very lucky that the word "almost" and its concept exists.
The ET Phone Homecoming float was finished a good 2 hours before mine. It was my art teacher's float from design to creation (with some help, of course) for my class.
She then went out to get Chinese food with that thing on her car, lol.
Anyways... my float. It was decided to cover my boyfriend's father's car with blue paper and make it seem as though Cthulhu was emerging from the water. So we put the blue paper on with (minimal amounts of) masking tape and carry his 15lb body out to the car. While my boyfriend's father took some twine and tied him down, I took some wire and secured him and tied the Just Buried Newly Deads (my friends wanted zombies. I gave them zombies) to the back of his car like wedding cans.
I don't have a good picture of them dragging.
Anyways, Cthulhu is Risen. He's on the car, ready to go. The senior float (which I helped on but only have one picture of) is assembled and ready. It's 6:00 and we should have already been at line-up. No time for a test-drive around the school. Notice the blue paper on the hood.
That blue paper was not there when we arrived at line-up. It flew off and infront of the windshield, causing almost-accident one. Almost-accidents two and three came from oncoming traffic. Apparently driving around with the God of Chaos ontop of your car is some sort of major distraction. Who knew!
We made it there in one piece though, all of us, and just in time. He was hanging off of the car a little when we got there, but that was easily fixed. My sister and I untangled the Newly Deads and walked and danced with the human puppets while we waited for the parade to start.
I only helped with one, Venom, for the boy in the orange. I owe him for my float's inspiration and transportation.
I'll upload photos from the actual parade later, or upon request. I have actual work to do, and I don't want anyone get sick of me too prematurely for over-posting, heh.
Thanks, once again, to everyone for following this! I hope it was as fun to watch as it was to make.
Thanks PMI, and it was my pleasure! I'm so pleased with the end-result, and it was such a trip that it'd be a shame not to share with everyone what I went through to get there. The humor and sarcasm is just an added bonus.
The rest of the parade is uploaded here, along with more pictures for those who are curious.