JUSTIN'S ORIGINAL THUMBNAIL
MARKING the mock ups WITH NUTS ON STRINGS hanging from the ceiling
PAPER MACHE-ING THE WIRE with clothes starch and heavy paper strips (as per paper mache master Shelley Nobles' advice)
a few coats of PLASTER PARIS, some PAINT, and a top layer of POLYESTER FIBER FILL that i picked up at the fabric store (thanks again to Shelley Noble who pointed me to a Nick Hillingoss link over on stopmotionanimation.com describing how he made some great hills).
i glued the fiber fill down WITH A GLUE/PAINT/WATER MIX to make it stick and give it color. (i first tried dying it with fabric dye but polyester doesn't really take dye so good it turns out.)
the front hill looks too smooth here so i roughed up the fiber fill, and glued dirt from the garden down to the path....
made a sun out of a light fixture cover
painted the backdrop pink to put sky in post......
.....And soon we walk off into the sunset......