Peeps Ahoy! Our Dio­rama Con­test Fi­nal­ists

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He knew he’d gone over-the-top when he spent $16 on Swarovski crys­tals for a wo­man made of marsh­mal­lows.

“Af­ter that I stopped look­ing at the re­ceipts,” says John­ston, a free­lance graphic artist and pho­tog­ra­pher.

The money and time (two weeks) paid off. We were ren­dered speech­less by the dio­rama’s metic­u­lous crafts­man­ship — from Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe’s sculpted hairdo (made of clay), to her curve-hug­ging pink pa­pier-mache dress (her rump is made of a whole Peep), to the fine de­tails of the tuxe­doed Peep- men, each made of 61 pieces (their toes are coat hang­ers bent into L shapes, taped onto a dowel and coated 15 times with liq­uid spack­ling com­pound).

To the nit­picker, our con­test in­struc­tions were a tad in­con­sis­tent from week to week. When John­ston saw in our March 4 is­sue that we said the dio­rama must be com­pa­ra­ble in di­men­sion to a shoe­box, he called a clown­shoe com­pany to in­quire how big such a box might be. The guy was just try­ing to play by the rules. Ei­ther way, he’s our win­ner. “It’s some­thing I see and never think to buy or eat,” John­ston says of Peeps, which he now re­al­izes are “de­li­cious.” “It was just a to­tal chal­lenge.”

And a re­sound­ing suc­cess.

of Mon­roe per­form­ing “Di­a­monds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” visit www. wash­ing­ton­ (and see how fright­en­ingly ac­cu­rate John­ston was with his re-cre­ation).

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