|a maiden's glory >
beltane flame >
life and death >
on asparagus > henry viii > green woman > i am doll parts >
The Ankh doesn't have just one meaning; it has several. It can mean life, immortality, death, and balance. The coffin has only one meaning: death. Put the two together and you have an ironic balance. The Egyptian crux ansata ("handled cross") covers the front of this backpack purse. A hole at the top allows the spirit, or ka, to float to whatever may be the otherworld or just allows you to grab your stuff out of it. Another plus, it's made out of duct tape.
The Egyptian Book of the Dead
Boy Scout Dropout
14.5" H at tallest point, 8" W at widest point, 3" D.
Ankh Stencil (pdf format)
Coffin Schematic (pdf format)
Make blocks of tape by placing a strip of colored duct tape sticky side up on a flat surface. Place the next strip sticky side up halfway on top of the first. Repeat until the block is as big as you need. Then use the grey/silver duct tape (which is more economical) to cover the sticky side of the block by layering strips as described above.
Get your materials ready and have a clean flat surface.
Create Coffin Parts:
1. Make a block of black duct 17"x8" using the method described in the project notes above. Use 17" long strips of tape so that it each strip runs the length of the block.
Download: coffin schematic (pdf format)
Add an Ankh:
Get the front coffin piece you just cut out in step 6 above. On the grey side, use the Ankh Stencil and Sharpie to outline an ankh. Center it vertically and horizontally as best you can. Use the X-acto knife to carefully cut out the ankh shape. Discard (or save for another project) the ankh shape. Set the piece you cut from aside.
Download: ankh stencil (pdf format)
Make a block of red duct tape that is 10"x4" using 10" long strips. Before applying the grey backing, place this block red-side down onto the front coffin piece with the ankh cutout. When looking at the black side of the front coffin piece, the red should show through the ankh cutout. Using 11" long strips of tape, put a layer of grey on top of the sticky side of the red block. This should also overlap enough around the edges of the red block to secure it to the coffin piece.
Cut an 11" strip of black tape and rip it in half lengthwise so you now have two 11" black strips. Get the side coffin piece you made in step 3 the front coffin piece and tape the 11" sides together. Use one of the strips of tape you just cut to tape it on the outside and another to tape it on the inside.
Continue assembling the coffin in this way until you finally have a 3-D object, taping together sides of the same length and keeping the grey tape all on the inside. Page two of the Coffin Schematic will help you visualize this. Remember to leave the top open.
You can use duct tape folded in half lengthwise (skinny straps) or use the whole width of the duck tape (wide straps) to create a strap. I prefer thin straps. Get someone to help you measure how long your straps need to be: Have them hold the coffin to your back and measure from the top of the coffin forward around your shoulder, under your arm, and to the bottom of the coffin.
Cover the ankh with clear duct tape to prevent catching on stuff (like yarn) and to keep it neat. You're done! Rock your ankh coffin with pride!