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Looking inside Munny

May 19, 2011

I’ve been working on a series of Munny Bears remolded and cast in glass. Munny is a mass-produced ‘blank’ vinyl toy made by Kidrobot that one can customise. Usually the focus is very much on the outside of the object with painting, cutting, and adding on, sometimes to the point that the original toy is barely recognisable. But glass offers a completely different set of possibilities, because you can create a solid, transparent object and draw the focus to the inside of Munny. It’s also interesting to remake a plastic, mass-produced object in a precious substance using a difficult, drawn out process.

I cast 6 Mini Munny Bears in delicious colours and carved portholes in their heads by polishing a flat section. You can look inside at the negative space, all bathed in pink, yellow or turquoise light with tiny bubbles suspended in the crystal. Its magical and minimalist at the same time. Below you can see some pics of the process. I finished the polishing on Monday and delivered them to the sandblaster today, which will clean them up nicely. Almost done.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2011 6:01 pm

    These are great Elaine. Would be brilliant to learn how to do this.

  2. Maia permalink
    May 20, 2011 9:55 am

    WOW Elaine!-what a unique approach!
    Reminds me of GummiBears, when you cut one of those open, the insides look like similar to your glass Munny… Have fun finishing these, but I’d advise you not to eat them 😉

  3. May 24, 2011 8:33 am

    Amazing! you can’t eat them but you can lick them..!

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