Texture, texture, texture! That was the connection I made between the pine cone and the cardboard. I want to create the feel and essence of the natural object.
First, I needed the underlying structure. I thought about a pine cone after the squirrels have finished with it and it reminded me of a bare corn cob. So I designed the bones to begin the construction.
Second, I made various sizes of what I call petals. I flattened the cardboard and glued the edges together. While the glue was still damp, I manipulated the petal to look like the natural ones.
I think its going to work! Now to figure out how to mass produce pine cone petals.