Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Skull Sliceform

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Oct 18, 2009

Skull Sliceform

My inspiration for this piece was the Day of the Dead sugar skulls decorated with flowers. I thought it would be cool to put a candle inside, like I did with the pumpkin sliceform.

pumpkin sliceform

Let's not even talk about how to get flowers on the darn thing--the skull is giving me conniptions.

I have probably spent (wasted) a good 20 hours on this sliceform and I'm not satisfied with it. The slices distract from the contours of the face and it just looks like a big blob of nothing.

skull sliceform

The open (lattice) version looks especially weird from the side.

The closed (solid slices) version keeps sliding apart.

This was my last attempt to salvage it, with some shading. It only looks this good with careful lighting, and only from one angle.

skull sliceform

Nope. Not working for me.

Put that in the Craft Fail bin.

My advice? Buy this one from Cardboard Safari.

skull sliceform

Unless someone else wants to take a crack at it? You're welcome to the template or the cutting file.

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Kary Sol said...


Lynne said...

Don't give up on your skull. At first I thought it looked like a football helmet, which would be very in fashion this time of year. Just turn it into a football helmet with the appropriate team colors.

cpeep said...

Lynne, that is an excellent suggestion. Not being a sports fan, myself, I didn't see it. It might have to wait until next year. Right now I'm sick to death of it. (Sick to death...ha ha, I'm so funny).


biddypunk said...

Oh my GOD you've created another monster! After I saw your post I spent the day trying to figure the damn thing out and I'm 10 hours in. The cardboardsafari version is pretty cool, but of course the first thing I thought was, "needs more layers." So I guess I'll check back in when I've finally perfected the cross structure... Thanks for the inspiration. ;)

Nicholas said...

This is an excellent piece of inspiration. I really like it and will be trying to perfect it myself. But I do wonder how did it work out with less layers? Was it not satisfactory? Just curious.

I'll check back later to see if you have made any progress and to fill you in on mine.

By the way, I really enjoy your blog.


cpeep said...

Nicholas, after fiddling with it for days, I pretty much tossed it on the table and said "I am SO done with you." I should try it with fewer layers. I just don't WANT to.

1CardCreator said...

This is so cool! Thanks for sharing! ~Diane

ScrapyCrafter said...

Oh my word! This is soooo awesom!
Love seeing other bloggers creations!
I'm Yaneri - ScrapyCrafter and I came from the flicker group! So cute, cute!!!

Have a great one!!!!