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« on: October 03, 2010 06:02:29 PM »

Now that my swap partner has received, I'll share with you the little friend I sent her.  Grin

(ETA - her photos are much better!)



Inspired by the decoupaged birds I've encountered on Craftster, I made this fellow out of salt dough and covered him with a pliable art paper, then added wings, which are actually several blank papers bound together to form 2 tiny books! The back covers of the books are glued to the bird's side. All in all he's just under 4 inches tall.

A better view of the pages from the back:

The top of each wing has a bird-related dictionary definition, and there are shorter ones included in the inner pages.

All the better, everything I used to make him was stuff I had around the house. The legs are from a metal hanger, the beak is a tiny scrap of gold tissue paper, and the eyes are puffy paint. To make the wings, I first cut 2 circles from the same paper I used for the body (which is darker green on one side), folded them in half, and added another fold on both sides of the middle fold, to create an "M" shape. Then I cut several slightly-smaller circles from color-coordinating papers, folded them in half, and put them in 2 stacks per wing, sewing both the stacks into the M-shaped fold of the outer paper. Then I cut a couple chunks out of the side and tapered the shape to look a little more wing-like. Surprisingly easy, even though I had no idea what I was doing when I started!  Cheesy
« Last Edit: October 03, 2010 06:48:58 PM by calluna » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2010 06:20:06 PM »

"this rocks!" 

ahhhhhhhh she's so sweet, i just had to comment.
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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2010 07:58:08 PM »

wow! amazing!
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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2010 02:30:34 AM »

Adorable! What a fantastic idea!
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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2010 12:02:33 PM »

This is wonderful! So creative and unique. I love the little nest too.
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