Garen Totem Tutorial II

 My daughter has another event coming up in September and she asked me to make a couple totems for table centerpieces.  One needed to be a masculine Fall theme so I made this.

 Here is a good sandwich you might want to try.  I used a slice of my sourdough bread and topped it with Jarlsberg cheese then broiled it.  I topped it with skillet browned asparagus sprinkled with freshly cracked black pepper and sea salt.  Add a fried egg and there you have it.   Can't be simpler or tastier.

 Anyhow...back to the totem.  I hit the thrift stores and bought some cheap glass pieces.  I like using glass cake plates for the base.  Then I used aquarium glue and glued a pressed glass bowl turned upside down to the plate.  If you click the photo to enlarge it you can see that I added a small glass bowl turned upside down inside the hurricane lamp which is glued to the bowl.  This little bowl will be used as a pedestal to give the statue height.

 Next, I glued this hunter statue to the pedestal. I turned that small plate you see upside down and glued it to the top of the hurricane.

 Then added an amber plate shaped like a sunflower glued to the small plate.

I then glued a ceramic pumpkin to the amber plate and turned a small fishbowl upside down and glued it to the amber plate. The top is made out of an upside down small wineglass and topped it with the upper portion of a glass pear.  The small glass bowl which I used as the statue's pedestal is actually the bottom of the glass pear turned upside down.  Follow that?


Anonymous said…
that is a beauty, very clever you are and crafty!!
Patty Woodland said…
I know the affair will be beautiful thanks to your creativity
What a good mom you are, not to mention talented! BTW, love the sandwich too!
Robin Larkspur said…
I was at the thrift store last week and saw some of these glass pieces, wondering if you were doing any totems. Your Autumn Male totem is completely perfect. I assume you will be doing an Autumn Female, too. Gotta get me some aquarium glue.
Anonymous said…
That pumpkin really made the dot over the i as we say here when we think something added, like this pumpkin, made something else going from good to great. I hope You understand how I mean :-) I'm tired and my english is way back in the head right now :-) :-) :-)

Have a great day!
Barbara F. said…
This totem is lovely, and a great sandwich too. Hope you are feeling better, too. xo
Suzie said…
Is she going to give this away in a drawing after using it as a centerpiece? People will be fighting over it! I've said it before, but is worth saying again. .you are SO clever!! Your "artistic eye" comes through in everything that you touch.
Barb said…
Your totem is so pretty, thanks for sharing the "how to" I think I'll have to make one based on Fall or Halloween.
What a neat idea! I didn't even know what a totem was, but I love the possiblities here. Wouldn't it be fun to do a halloween themed one?
Bet you have
Suzanne said…
Asparagus and fried eggs!?!?!? BRILLIANT!!!!!!

I love the totem!
Jan said…
Love, love, love it all, talented lady!!!

Shannon said…
Every time I come here I see something amazing - you are so talented!

Such imagination and inspiration...

Plus, the ability to follow through, with your vision of what something could look like.

Mmmmm, too bad you can't "bottle" all of the above, and sell it. ,-) To lots of us, out here. Who never got that *inspiration gene.*


I went to a farmers' market here in Edmonton earlier this month and there was an entire booth of glass totems for sale. Of course I immediately thought of you and how you made a gazillion of them a couple of years ago now (at least). Guess the trend finally hit Edmonton, LOL!