So, it is possible that some of you may noticed that I haven't posted in a while. Yup, the summer got away from me. To make it up to you, and long post about a long sandwich. Enjoy.
When you think Opera, you think elaborate sets, elegant costumes, tremendous music, and giant hoagies. Well, maybe you don't, but the good people putting on 'The Last Savage' sure do. When our Master Craftsman was going through the to-do list, and said 'four foot hoagie' I volunteered immediately. Well, okay, by volunteered, I mean that I squeaked like a chipmunk and clapped my hands. It worked, I got to make the sub. It ended up being only a three foot hoagie, in order to fit in the trunk, but who am I to question?
So, what do we need to make a sub? Well, in this case bread, lettuce, tomato slices, cheese, ham, turkey, and olives, or, actually, reasonable facsimiles thereof. Let's start with the bread. I used upholstery foam to make the bread, and I learned a few new tricks while I was doing it.
So, next up would be toppings. I haven't yet found a good way to make fake lettuce, so when I need lettuce, I just go for the commercial stuff. I wanted to secure the toppings together, so I cut a piece of canvas, and stapled the lettuce leaves to the fabric using an office stapler. Quick, easy, and effective! As for tomato slices, this time I went commercial there too. I grabbed some fake tomatoes from our stock, and sliced them with a bear saw. Since the other toppings were covering the tops and bottoms of the tomato slices, and only the edges were showing, it wasn't necessary to paint the top and bottom.
Then, for the cheese! Now, as I am from Wisconsin, you all know that I'm pretty serious about my cheese. That's why this sandwich has two types of cheese, provolone and cheddar. Both are cut from fun foam, that stuff you buy in sheets at the craft store. The foam is pretty good for the cheddar, but a little too opaque for provolone. Again, the fact that the provolone will be mostly covered is helping me get away with this.
|Oh, as you can see, I used a plastic lid to trace the circles out. Resourceful!|
|Cheddar is better.|
Now, you maybe be asking yourself 'Self, what are those bits of ethafoam rod doing on that sandwich?' Well, I'll tell you. Once the ham and turkey made it onto the sandwich, the weight of the 'bread' was pressing down on them, and the were losing their shape. I cut short pieces of ethafoam rod, and carefully glued them (with low temp hot glue) into some of the turkey rolls and ham folds. It boosted the sandwich slightly, but was not easily seen.
Assembly was mostly done with low temp hot glue. It wasn't my first choice, because I was worried about it degrading in the heat, but it was the only thing I could find to stick to everything. Everything was glued to the lettuce/canvas staple combo in order. Then, I used a contact adhesive similar to green glue (3M Fastbond) to attach the bread to the fillings. It wasn't a perfect adhesive, but it did seem to work.
For good measure, I decided to add a mechanical fastener as well. I used a tufting needle and monofiliment to tie the sandwich together at four places. That's what the olives on top are for! Each one is a wooden bead that I used as a tie off point. Then I stuffed the ends with plumber's epoxy (paper clay is lighter and cheaper, but takes longer to dry. No time!) and painted them to look like olives. Tips for tufting a sandwich? Wear safety glasses and use a leather tufting needle. The blades will help you cut through the foam more easily.
So there it is, WAH-LAH, as they say in France. Want more? Okay, one more pic, just for you.
|My boss enjoying the sandwich.|