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Making of the Fortune Cookie:
This is an 18"x18"x10" lightweight fortune cookie form made of concrete, styrofoam and fiberglass mesh. A styrofoam form is carved and covered with fiberglass mesh and concrete. I learned this technique at the Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland, in the Lightweight Concrete Sculpture class.
To visualize the design, I sketched the dragon on paper with color pencil, then folded it into a paper fortune cookie. The paper cookie made a nice guide for transferring the design to the form. The head of the dragon starts on top, the body snakes around the cookie and the tail ends up on the bottom.
The stained glass, Van Gogh glass, glass beads and nuggets are cut into pieces with a glass nipper, and attached to the concrete form with thinset. The dragon's body is filled in first, then the background.