Friday, March 25, 2011


Here is Jen working on her first seahorse body. She used a material called rattan, which comes from a plant that grows like a vine. You've probably seen rattan a lot, it's used to make baskets and some types of furniture. It also turns out to be excellent for making seahorses! Jen used traditional basket making techniques to shape the rattan by wetting it, then letting it dry on a form. For the tale, she made triangular pieces that fit together like vertebrae, which are the bones that make up your spine and let it move in all sorts of directions.

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