So we've all been in love with the terracotta pears from Ballard Deigns for years, myself included.
First, using a bread knife, I cut off a small section off the ball to create a flat bottom.
Then, I cut the top off of the cone, about half-way down.
Then, I simply hot glued the two together. I wanted my pear to sit at a slight angle, so I glued the cone off-center.
Next, I raided my kids' craft box for some Playdoh. I didn't think till after, I should have just made a small batch of homemade since it doesn't need to be colored.
I used almost the whole can to fill in the space where the two pieces meet. I also used a small bit to round out the top of the cone. I went out into the yard and found a twig to stick in the top for a stem.
I let mine dry outside for around 36 hrs. It may vary where you are, but just make sure its dried through. Next, is the messy part. I used glossy Mod-Podge because its what I had. I'm sure matte would work fine too.
I grabbed some plain ole tissue paper from my wrapping supplies and ripped a couple sheets into manageable pieces.
Using a foam brush, I laid a thick layer of Mod-Podge down on the pear form. I then draped tissue paper over it and bushed another layer of Mod-Podge on top.
After drying a couple hours, I Mod-Podged another layer of tissue paper and let it dry another few hours.
This is what it looked like after it was all dry.
To give the pear color, I used some warm tan "oops" paint and acrylic paint. I used an apple green, burn orange, and mustard yellow.
I started by brushing on one coat of the tan all over.
Then while still wet, I loaded my foam pouncer with green paint and started to blend. I concentrated the green on the bottom and top and lightly blended it down.
I added some orange around the fullest part to mimic blush. The whole thing felt a lot like applying makeup really...blend, blend, blend.
Finally, I pounced on some yellow for highlights. I also flicked a little bit of white paint to create the little speckles you see on a pear, but decided I don't like them. They remind me of my mom's adventures in toll painting in the 90's. I stole a stem and leaf off of one of my silk trees, gave it a couple quick sprays with some dark brown paint, and hot glued it to my stem.
Here's the final result! What do you think? I think it's more realistic than the Ballard Version, but the size and tone are the same. With the stem its about 13 inches. I love it, but it needs a friend... a green toned one. I can't decide if it needs a big brother or little sister. What do you think?
Styrofoam ball: $6
Styrofoam cones: $4.50
Tissue paper: already had
Mod-Podge: already had
Stem and leaf: already had
Paint and Glue: already had
Total: $10.50 Ballard Version: $49