This is the start of filling the inside of the sculpture with something lighter, and much less expensive than two part epoxy. The aluminum foil wrapping this future branch cost less than 50 cents. If I had used solid epoxy it would have cost over $10. Incidentally the total investment so far, including the turntable is less than $25. (The turntable was $12.56, the wood base was about $4.00, and the PVC $6.00.)
I found that the easiest way to apply the foil was to make folded strips, 6 to 8 layers thick, and wrap those around the PVC pipe until you achieve the thickness you want. Don’t get too neat with this process. Wrinkles are good. They create air pockets, and add to the bulk. Squeeze the foil around the pipe as tight as you can.
I’ll be applying the epoxy to this branch next. It will help stabilize the sculpture, and help with proportion to the rest of the sculpture as I proceed.
Just a side note. The Tuscarawas County Art Guild Fall Show opens with a reception this Saturday Evening (November 20). If you’re in the New Philadelphia area stop in. I’ve got a couple of pieces in the show, so I’ll see you there.