Tuesday, November 5, 2013
On the Three Little Monkeys blog I saw this amazing T-Rex plate and I knew I had to attempt to make it.
I tried so hard to find an octopus instead of a giraffe. I wanted more than anything to have an octopus plate. Besides the fact that the person I gifted this to is a marine biologist in-training, she just likes octopi. It was not to be though. After spending far more time than is healthy looking through plastic animals at all of the toy stores in town, I decided on this giraffe because it was sturdy and adorable.
With a little help from a saw, I carefully sliced the neck from the body. Turns out that this particular toy is solid plastic, not hollow, and difficult to cut with a hand saw. Who knew? I ended up using an exacto knife and some sand paper to make good surfaces to attach to the plate.
Unlike what the post on Three Little Monkeys shows, I chose to spray the giraffe separately from the plate so that the plate is still food safe. But that meant I had to be a little pickier about the plate I chose. After spray painting both the top and bottom halves with just off-white paint and another coat of clear, I glued (with E6000) it all together. It was not easy. And in fact I ended up knocking it around when it was not quite set and had to start all over. But the end product was certainly worth it.