I don't think I posted pics of my new Octopus - meet "Chester" because he lives in a chest. He's paper mache & paper clay. His armature was aluminium foil, taped with masking tape and mache over the top. He is actually in 5 separate pieces for easier storage.
Finally got to a flea market that had some old steamer trunks. Found this one for $15.00! Don't think I'll have to "do" much to it, maybe add some gold paint to the hardware. It's 38" W x 25" H x 23" D.
Now I just need to add the false bottom and start to add the treasure! :D