I am an artist. I am not bragging or anything, I actually went to art college, and have spent the past 20-ish years in the field of design and advertising. In one of my art history classes back in college, I remember being told that Michelangelo once said: “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” I know what he meant. I felt exactly the same about the 5″x5″x9″ block of mozzarella cheese on my kitchen counter, just waiting for me to carve it for our first M4P.
I am of course no Michelangelo! But it was still pretty successful. As far as Star Wars fan art is concerned, it definitely turned out pretty cheesy…which of course was the whole point.
Carved Death Star Cheese Ball
- Lots of Mozzarella Cheese. Most cheeses at the deli counter (not specialty cheese counter!) are in large rectangles. So you will need however large a cube you can get (usually 4-5″)+ another 2-3 inches for the ships.
- Small Pairing Knife
- Potato Peeler
- Korean Metal Chopstick (or something to “draw” with on the cheese, maybe a tiny flathead screwdriver)
- Tooth Picks
- Good Reference Pictures! (See below)
- Start by cutting as large a cube as you can get out of your block o’ cheese.
- Round the corners gradually, and cut away until you have a ball. I found that a potato peeler worked REALLY well for this.
- Once you are happy with the sphere, start cutting the trench, and the markings of the Death Star.
- Make little ships (those are not as intimidating to make, because you can always make a new one if you break one.)
- Attach the ships in formation.
(It’s a little hard to see it in this picture, but ours were in attack formation, decending into the trench, going for the thermal exhaust port, with the TIE fighters in hot pursuit)
There are other cheeses you can try – just stay away from anything that crumbles (like most Parmesans). You are using A LOT of cheese, so better keeping it cheap.
I ended up accentuating the markings by “drawing” with the end of a Korean chopstick. A toothpick or an awl or knife will not work. It needs to have a more blunt/square edge, otherwise the cheese will “seal” right back up. I am thinking a tiny flathead screwdriver will do the trick too.
Here are good reference pictures from Wookieepedia