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« on: August 01, 2012 02:50:28 AM »



For the "Put A Bird On it" Swap, I was partnered with the lovely charlieandwillow and as soon as I saw that her interests included Dia de los Muertos, I knew a skeleton had to be involved. Though I was unsure how I was going to put a bird on a skeleton...

My partner mentioned liking finches, tits, and owls, but as there is a grand variety of coloring and shapes for each of these birds, I asked her to give me her favorite in each category.  She responded with: Zebra Finch, Blue Tit, and Little Owl.



And I knew what I needed to do with those birds: bird masks for the skelly.



I knew she would now be the Bird Woman -- always waiting, always ready for the birds to come to her.











The feathers you see above were freely donated by the resident cockatiel (he had already discarded them when I collected them).


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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2012 04:38:06 AM »

*jaw drops* Hardly one to disappoint Mrs. Jivvy.

Insanely awesome!! I love how delicate the tiny masks are, so fragile like a little bird.
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2012 05:27:40 AM »

Holy WOW!
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2012 05:37:51 AM »

Holy cow!
*picks jaw up from ground*
Ehm... holy skeleton, I should say. She is absolutely incredible- I love her posture and can't even imagine how wee tiny those fabulous masks are! This truly is a unique version of "put a bird on it"- I love the way your mind works, Jivvy. This really should be in an art gallery- or worn on a hat to show her off to the world Wink
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2012 05:39:23 AM »

Oh my goodness, she's amazing! I love her bird masks, so much detail on them. Wonderful pose too, very moving.
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2012 06:54:38 AM »

OH...MY...GARAGE... she is absolutely STUNNING!!!  this is an amazing piece of art, and i am insanely jealous that she is not in my dia de los muertos themed kitchen.
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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2012 07:33:00 AM »

Holy crap.

She is ridiculously fantastic.

As are you!

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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2012 07:59:58 AM »

Dang, micro, you've done it again! This is just so gorgeous! Did you make that skeleton, or distress one?

I love the bird details in the masks. Amazing!

I featured this project today on Craftster's Facebook page. Thanks so much for sharing. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2012 08:08:37 AM »

Unbelievably awesome - no wait, of course it's believable - you made it!!
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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2012 08:21:14 AM »

Rocked. Pinned. Adored! Good grief woman, you are an amazing artist.
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« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2012 08:28:07 AM »

Every day I take joy in seeing creativity.  Today this was it.
Thank you.  beautiful work.  Unique and inspiring.
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« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2012 08:41:18 AM »

Graceful. Beautiful.

*speechless*
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i don't even know what to say.
this is ridiculously perfect. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2012 10:54:04 AM »

Is there anything you can't do amazingly well?  This is so neat!
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« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2012 11:29:50 AM »

This is hauntingly creepy.  Something about birds and skeletons together... both seem pretty harmless on their own... but when they join forces it's just not right!

It's horrible and beautiful at the same time.  A piece that will definitely stay with me.
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« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2012 11:37:42 AM »

Thank you, all, for your kind comments.

Did you make that skeleton, or distress one?

Oh, bother -- I cut & pasted & edited this from my blog, but I apparently deleted the bit about the skelly -- she's from a halloween garland.  She started out covered in a thick layer of some sort of plaster-y material that hid a lot of her details -- I stripped that off to reveal her delicate white bony self.  I then distressed her whiteness.  I've used one of these skeletons before and I described the process here: http://www.microjivvy.com/sweet-skeleleton-surprise

Previously, I articulated a skelly by cutting it a part and inserting wires at the joints (I needed some "movability").  For this one, I used the heat of a candle to either "soften and twist" her or to heat a needle I then used to "solder" her joints in position.

This really should be in an art gallery- or worn on a hat to show her off to the world Wink

Oh, yes yes yes... "worn as a hat" is the most fabulous idea!   Grin
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« Reply #16 on: August 01, 2012 11:42:47 AM »

Thanks for that skelly info!

BTW, I think the second full-body shot of this piece is so incredibly beautiful. You really nailed it with her posture.
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« Reply #17 on: August 01, 2012 11:44:54 AM »

I am the incredibly proud owner of this. It's incredible. Completely, breathtakingly, obscenely, incomprehensibly beautiful. I knew I was in for a treat as soon as I was paired with Microjivvy in this swap (and to be honest, utterly bloody terrified because what on Earth could I make that wouldn't completely pale into insignificance next to Microjivvy's overwhelming talent). But holy bananas batman. This is utterly phenomenal. I have pretty much run out of superlatives to use. Besides the staggering skill, creativity, beauty and everything else visually apparent, she proved to be a fantastic swapper by completely nailing it in terms of figuring out my tastes.
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« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2012 11:46:35 AM »

All I can say, charlieandwillow, is that you'd better guard her carefully. Someone might be tempted to snatch that away from you! Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: August 01, 2012 11:50:45 AM »

All I can say, charlieandwillow, is that you'd better guard her carefully. Someone might be tempted to snatch that away from you! Cheesy
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« Reply #20 on: August 01, 2012 12:11:52 PM »

BTW, I think the second full-body shot of this piece is so incredibly beautiful.

I must admit, I really do love that picture.

she proved to be a fantastic swapper by completely nailing it in terms of figuring out my tastes.

ha, that's more the doing of the fates (or the swap organizer) because once I read "dia de los muertos," I pretty much made her to my tastes.  Cheesy



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« Reply #21 on: August 01, 2012 01:37:11 PM »

This is pure amazingness!  I love it
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« Reply #22 on: August 01, 2012 01:39:27 PM »

So beautiful, so graceful.  How delicate she is.
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« Reply #25 on: August 02, 2012 06:48:10 AM »

Micro, this is truly gorgeous. I have a number of those skeletons and have played (mangled) them up for various projects, but never have I done anything half as beautiful as this.
Stunning.
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« Reply #26 on: August 02, 2012 08:36:30 AM »

Wowwwww....I'm speechless!!
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« Reply #27 on: August 02, 2012 10:38:57 AM »

I love it love it love it - I love the little bird masks, and she is posed so gracefully.  I mentioned on the swap gallery that she looked like she was dancing, but now I realise that she is waiting for the birds to come to her.  What a beautiful peice of art.
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« Reply #28 on: August 02, 2012 11:22:46 AM »

I mentioned on the swap gallery that she looked like she was dancing, but now I realise that she is waiting for the birds to come to her. 

Actually, I nearly called her "Bird Dancer," but I know that there are cultures where they have ceremonial "bird dancers" and I thought it might be confusing.
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« Reply #29 on: August 03, 2012 12:59:47 PM »

Suuuuuuper awesome! 
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« Reply #31 on: August 04, 2012 02:15:48 AM »

Stunning!  Breathtaking!  Amazing!  All the good descriptive words have been used already but I second them all!!
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« Reply #32 on: August 04, 2012 03:31:25 PM »

Oh my Wow...that's all I can say is Wow.
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« Reply #33 on: August 04, 2012 03:46:14 PM »

Thank you -- it really does mean a lot that she is loved.  Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: August 05, 2012 12:53:27 PM »

This is really amazing. I keep coming back to your post to stare at the pictures lol
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« Reply #35 on: August 06, 2012 09:46:48 AM »

Thank you for sharing this beautiful, detailed piece...also, for sharing how you cleaned up the garland skeletons!

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« Reply #36 on: August 06, 2012 03:07:54 PM »

Oh microjivy, this is so utterly beautiful and amazing!!!  I'm totally flabbergasted at how flipping full of awesome this piece is!  Um, can I have a piece of your brain, please?
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« Reply #37 on: August 06, 2012 05:46:46 PM »


amazing! And beautiful!

I am a bird person too, and I am amazed at how you incorporated bird and skeleton.
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« Reply #38 on: August 09, 2012 10:23:53 AM »

I don't get the whole skeleton thingy, I guess I'm too old for it.  But, having said that your bird woman is spectacular, and you might just have made a convert here! Nancy
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« Reply #39 on: August 09, 2012 10:35:26 AM »

Welcome to the skelly side of things.  Cheesy

BTW, I'm 53. Wink
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« Reply #40 on: August 13, 2012 06:50:09 AM »

Beat you, I'm 56, lol. Wink
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« Reply #41 on: August 13, 2012 06:49:33 PM »

I have to keep running upstairs to check that none of you naughty scamps have snuck in and stolen her. But no, she's still on the shelf by my bed in all her glory. She is completely fabulous and I am still flabbergasted by the details.
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This is amazing! great job!
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