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« on: February 22, 2014 02:03:23 PM »

It's all about birds this month at Alpha Stamps! This month, the design team members were all given a bird shrine, and since I've been having so much fun making toys lately, I couldn't help but make this shrine into a toy as well. My goal was to make it look like a well-loved toy from years gone by; you know, something you'd pick up at an antique shop or, I guess, at a thrift store.


The shrine comes with a front and a back, a plastic disk for the window, and two pieces for the inside. I used both of the inside pieces of the shrine to make a deep niche, and added some mini bird eggs and some micro beads to achieve a snow-globe affect. On the outside, I covered the shrine with black and white polka-dotted paper and colored it with Copic markers. It was way too bright and new looking, so I sanded it down quite a bit, and then brushed on some Cognac colored ink to make it appear aged.


After gluing all the pieces together, I drilled a small hole in the back to insert the winding key. It may look like it, but this is not actually a working toy. I used two sizes of wheels, 3/4" and 1 1/4".  I painted them black, and then added a little turquoise to the inside. Once the paint was dry, I sanded them down and added an axle. Dowels would work best for this, but I didn't have any at the time, and I was impatient. I used the handle of an old paintbrush that just happened to fit. The wheels are attached with some E6000 glue.


The eyes are bead caps, and I just had to add a little crown on her head. I love these little crowns. I need to stock up on some more!

If you want to make a bird toy of your own, click here for a link to the supplies, including those awesome crowns.
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2014 02:45:10 PM »

How cute!  I love the wheeled toys.  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2014 03:49:58 PM »

oh so COOL!  I love your new "toy line" racky.  Very sweet (or is it tweet?)
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2014 09:56:17 PM »

All Your projects are just feast for eyes and imagination!
Love the window and snow globe effect, the key and wheels... what a great idea and so well done.
Love seeing Your work!

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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2014 05:18:48 AM »

Oh wow! This is amazing! I really love this. So cool!
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2014 08:09:18 AM »

Thanks for the nice comments, everyone. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2014 08:38:56 AM »

Simply LOVE this bird toy. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2014 04:39:53 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2014 10:57:37 AM »

how very cool - nicely done!
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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2014 04:03:30 PM »

I'd keel over dead if I saw that in an antique store. It would be an awesome score! Loving all of the birdie things happening at Alpha Stamps too.
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