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The Time Reavers

   by Tamara Jaeger for Somewhere in Time (2015)

The ship:
The ship was made using the cardboard box with inner cross-brace supports made from the hardwood sticks. A second layer of cardboard was added to the exterior surfaces of the ship. The outer surface of this layer was removed to expose the corrugated inner layer, to give the appearance of wooden planking. A piece of aluminum wire was used to form the basic curve of the ship ends. This piece runs through the length of the ship to provide support for the ends. The Sculpey clay was applied over the armature wire to form the bow and stern ends of the ship. These were carved with a stylized hourglass design and a dragon face was carved on the bow end. The wooden ring was inserted into the stern end. At this point, the ship was baked in the oven to harden the Sculpey. The interior of the ship was filled with pieces of the foam pad, with the small wooden cube inset into the foam to support the mast. The deck was made from the piece of paper reinforced with a strip of the cardboard box and was glued down over the hardwood stick supports. A hole was cut out of the deck for the base of the mast. The ship was then painted with acrylic paint.
The mast was made from the thicker wooden dowel, which was sanded at one end to create a tapered top. The yard for the sail was made from the thinner wooden dowel, with both ends sanded to taper them. The mast and the yard were painted with acrylic paint. The mast was inserted through the hole in the deck and attached to the wooden cube below using glue. The clothespin was disassembled, painted with acrylic paint and the two halves were glued to the deck at the base of the mast to serve as the support block that holds the mast in place.
The sail was made from the cloth bag. The stitching was removed and the resulting piece of cloth was cut in half. The edges of one half of the cloth were folded over and sewn in place using the thread from the spool included in the kit. An hourglass design was painted on the sail in acrylic paint and the sail was sewn to the yard at four points using thread from the spool. The yard was attached to the mast using the drawstring cord from the bag. The cord was then painted a ‘rope’ color using acrylic paint.
The burlap was disassembled into individual strands and these were used to form the rigging attached to the mast and sail. The burlap ropes were tied to the mast and yard arms and secured with glue. The ropes at the lower corners of the sail were sewn in place using the spool of thread. The ropes were attached to the sides of the ship using glue and the front and back of the ship by tying around crossbars made from the hardwood sticks. The main rope to hoist the yard on the mast was made from a thicker piece of burlap string.
The steering board was made from two popsicle sticks, cut to shape, sanded and glued together. This was painted with acrylic paint and a burlap string rope was wrapped around the top. The steering board was then glued to the side of the ship. The ‘hourglass’ in the tail of the ship was made by scraping the Balsa-Foam to produce the yellow ‘sand’ fragments. A circle of the shrink plastic was glued over the opening on one side, the sand was placed inside and another circle of shrink plastic glued over the remaining opening.
Ship contents:
The sundial was made from the wooden half sphere and a piece of popsicle stick, which was glued in place and then painted with acrylic paint before being glued to the deck of the ship. The barrel of sand is made from the small wood barrel with Balsa-Foam dust ‘sand’ glued on top. The sacks are made from pieces of the drawstring bag, sewn together with the thread from the spool and filled with pieces of the foam pad with pieces of jewelry made from Friendly Plastic at the top.

The Shields:
The shields were made from several different methods. Circles were cut from the shrink plastic sheet using the smaller Styrofoam circle as a template. These were then heated in the oven to shrink them. For the silver-faced clock shields, circles were cut from the cardboard mirror to match the shrink plastic circles. The cardboard mirror circles had clock hands inscribed with a pencil and the clear plastic circles were glued over the top. For the tan-faced clock shields, circles were cut from the painting board to match the diameters of the shrink plastic circles. The clock faces were drawn on in pencil and the faces colored with colored pencil. The clear plastic circles were glued on top.
For the shields with the hourglass designs, circles were cut from the painting board. These were painted brown with the hourglass design in black, using acrylic paint. The pocket watch ‘shield’ was made from two pieces of the cardboard mirror glued together, with the clock face painted in acrylic on one side. A matching clear shrink plastic circle was glued on in a partially-open position, along with the hinge, which was made from the clothespin spring. The winding knob on top was made from the cardboard box and painted with acrylic paint.
The Vikings:
The Vikings were made from the modeling clay and painted with acrylic paint. The hair was made from pieces of cotton ball and the beards from fragments of the Styrofoam disc, pressed into the clay and painted with acrylic paint. The boot and leg wrappings and belts were made from burlap strands. The knives are painted cardboard and the hourglass in the one Viking’s hand is made of modeling clay. The capes are made from painted pieces of cotton ball. As a side note, the smell of the modeling clay is apparently irresistible to my dog and Vikings do not fare well against the dog-monster!

Since I have a background in archaeology, the theme “Somewhere in Time” brought to mind the Anglo-Saxon ship burials like the Sutton Hoo burial found in England. So I decided to create a Viking ship and to play with the ‘time’ aspect, using representations of various time-keeping pieces in the ship’s decoration.

 


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