52: Communal Piñata
WOOOO! This post completes my first year of Something a week. Let’s celebrate.
Um… Celebration, let’s see… I’ve had this bird piñata hanging around the house for a while. That’ll work.
Here it is, in the background way back in July:
My plan was to fill it with something and release it into the wild to be smacked into oblivion by strangers. Only problem was, I couldn’t decide what to fill it with.
I had some entertaining suggestions from people I know. Someone suggested filling it with dental hygiene products for the ultimate disappointment. Another person suggested a sack of fake blood, which would be terrifying and potentially disastrous. And of course, I could always go the traditional route and stuff it with candy. They were all good suggestions, but nothing quite fit for me.
I decided, instead, to fill it with smaller piñatas. But first, I had to make tiny piñatas.
I like using cereal boxes for light construction. They’re in that sturdy/flexible area between paper and corrugated cardboard.
I made a pretty rough model of a standard horse/donkey piñata, and left it in pieces. It’ll be much easier to wrap this way.
Here it’s being dry fit, to see how it will look later. More pictures and the exciting conclusion after the jump.
I cut strips of tissue paper about 1/4 inch thin. Then I wrapped. For a loooooong time. Much too long for a throwaway project, but my audience demands quality, and I am not one to disappoint.
That tiny bowl is full of watered-down glue. The process is as follows: Paint with glue and wrap, paint and wrap, paint and wrap.
Slice through the top layer with an X-acto knife.
Fluff it up.
I made a donkey,
a bird, like the bigger one,
and the standard unlicensed knock-off piñata. Say “Hello” to Spongepaul Redpants.
Here’s one for scale.
I only made 3, because it took forever. Construction is quite intricate when it’s that small, and I have big fingers. I’m going to guess an hour and a half for each. It was fun, though.
I decided to write a couple notes to the potential smashers.
The first one encourages you to participate. I know I’d be a little hesitant of a unattended piñata.
The second one gets folded up and goes inside.
It offers a little explanation, granted not much of one, but that’s kind of the point.
Once everything was packed in, I had to wait until it wasn’t raining.
I went out to my primary target that I had scouted the night before, and threw the rope over the branch. It was too short.
I had to go with my secondary choice. Less traffic here, but the piñata is one of the only things of interest, so maybe it will work out.
When I jumped to grab the other end of the rope, my camera fell out of my pocket and hit the ground. That makes 2 cameras in 3 weeks.
Sorry for the crappy phone photos. I’ll go back to check on the progress when it’s lighter outside.
It’s a few hours later, and everything appears to be going fine. There’s a noticeable crack in it. I can’t tell if anything’s come out yet. I did see a couple people stop, read the sign, and hit it.
People seem to be hitting it once and moving on. It’s a very Seattleite let-everybody-have-a-chance attitude.
He’s dead, Jim.
I went back to check a few hours later, and it was all over. The bird was split in half.
During the time it was up, I sometimes watched to see how people were reacting. It was fun watching from afar. I saw a lot of people take swings, a few people walk by without noticing it, and a ton of people consider it but decide it was probably a trick.
I cut down the piñata carcass and went home.
The little guys were all gone, except one little bird. I think he broke his delicate ankles from the fall.
WHY?! NO! Take me instead!
The others and the note were nowhere to be found. I didn’t see who grabbed them, but I hope someone has given them a good home.
See you next week.