The fifth crafts of Chinese lantern crafts is FRP modeling crafts (玻璃钢工艺), it evolving from sculpture. Today FRP modeling crafts is usually used on Landscape Lantern in subsidiary decoration and making face of lantern character . This crafts depended on skill of sculpturer, in the two articles:
I’ve told about why we use FRP modeling crafts in Lantern Festival, because the flexibility of wire is not enough to express a complex cartoon character face.
Follow my pictures, you can understand the steps of FRP modeling crafts.
This is the four-face Buddha lantern complex, and we made this Buddha at Ontario Palace in Canada Chinese Lantern Festival. It’s one of the highlighting lantern complex of this Lantern Festival.
1. Preparing FRP materials
2. Polishing materials
3. Molding the materials
4. Semi-manufactured head
5. Finished four-face Buddha lantern complex