The annual Grammy Awards showcase the best musical talent in America. Recording artists vie for Grammys in various musical genres. Nominations are accepted by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and then artists are selected, categorised and finally voted on by academy members. Only so many awards are available. The real Grammy trophies are made at Billings Artworks in Ridgway, Colo. But you can make your own at home, either for yourself or that deserving friend with the voice of an angel. You'll find everything you need at your local hobby store.
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Things you need
- Toy gramophone
- Gold leaf
- Gilder's brush
- Wood block
- Wooden facade
- Hand saw
- Tacky glue
- Plastic plaque
- Etcher or marker
Get the component supplies to make your model gramophone. Find a suitably sized metal or plastic model gramophone to use for your mock award.
Cover the entire gramophone, except the bottom, with gold leaf, pressing it with your fingers. Use a flat stick or knife tip to press it into crevices. Overlap gold leaf edges slightly as you apply it to the model. Hide the edges and any tears by rubbing gold leaf onto the object and pressing it down firmly to blend. Use a specially made brush to finish sealing the gold leaf into place.
Fashion a wooden platform for the trophy. Get a block to use as the central portion of the base. Make sure it is proportionately large enough to hold the gramophone.
Cut and trim the wood facade to fit over the sides and the top of the block. Get prestained facade, or use paint or wood stain to get the desired effect.
Secure the base of the gramophone to the wooden block using tacky glue or other appropriate adhesive.
Write a mock up for the name and description on your trophy. Include the name of the intended recipient, the name of the award, genre of music, and the date awarded. Add a memorable quote, if desired.
Create a name plate for your award. Get a flat piece of black plastic just large enough to fit onto one side of the base. Use a power etcher to draw the words onto the plaque, or write with a permanent marker. Attach the plaque to the base using tacky glue.
Tips and warnings
- Alternatively, make your Grammy Award replica by carving one out of soapstone, or make a papier-mache one.
- Choose gold spray paint to add colour and shine to your Grammy model. It's far cheaper than using gold leaf, and gives fairly good results.
- Make sure your paint adheres to any plastic parts by lightly sanding the surfaces prior to painting.
- For a more professional look, taper the edges of your plaque using a mat cutter.
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