When I first saw the salamander I thought that the word gaudy originated from this architect's name, because his salamander was bright, flashy and colorful. When I googled about it, I realized that wasn't correct. My teacher was concerned that I couldn't do it at first, so she asked me to make a simpler version. However, I wanted to create the mosaic finish and bright colors to do justice to the original salamander.
I made the salamander out of rice cereal treats, covered it with fondant, scored the mosaic patter and hand painted the vivid colors. I had to paint it. I had to test out a couple methods until I found the one that worked best. After 4 hours of detailed work and careful painting, I was able to pull off the salamander. My dad said it looked better than the real thing. Of course he will say it as he is my dad. I knew I could improve it a lot, but I was pleased with what I created!