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These stunningly detailed sculptures may only be made from paper -but they are being snapped up by art fans for tens of thousands of pounds.The intricate creations depict Native American scenes and took up to 11 months to make using a specially formulated paper
Husband and wife team Allen and Patty Eckman
put paper pulp into clay moulds and pressurise it to remove the water
The hard, lightweight pieces are then removed and the couple painstakingly
add detailed finishings with a wide range of tools
The hard, lightweight pieces are then removed and the couple painstakingly add detailed finishings with a wide range of tools
They have been making the creations since 1987 at their home studio, in South Dakota, America, and have racked up a whopping £3 million selling the works of art.
The pieces depict traditional scenes from Native American history of Cherokees hunting and dancing
The most expensive piece is called Prairie Edge Powwow which sold for £47,000
Allen said: "We create Indians partly because my great, great grandmother was a Cherokee and my family on both sides admire the native Americans ...
Allen explained their technique: "It should not be confused with papier mache.The two mediums are completely different. I call what we do 'cast paper sculpture'"
"We transform them by sculpting on top of them - creating detail with soft and hard paper we make in various thicknesses and textures.
"We have really enjoyed the development of our fine art techniques over the years and have created a process that is worth sharing.There are many artists and sculptors who we believe will enjoy this medium as much as we have."