A bird in the hand…

  Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work – Chuck Close

This is my mantra at the moment while I complete my unfinished projects.  Instead of going through each box to decide which one I want to start on I just decided to work on the first one that I opened.  I decided that this would help me to begin working right away instead of going through each project box by box.

Here we go…

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Bird bodies

Fimo bird beaks

Fimo bird beaks

Making all the beaks takes a bit of time but even less Fimo clay and wire.  I made about 36 little bodies and about 40 beaks.  I try to make extra just to have a variety of different sizes.  In the back of each beak I poke a little hole using the gage of wire that I am going to make little loops out of, to anchor them to the birds.  I then make 45 wire wrapped loops.  Here is a tutorial on how to make a wire loop.  Definitely a useful thing to know for crafting.  After baking the beaks I super glue the loops into the beaks and let dry.  Finally I will stitch the beaks into the birds and cut off any stray yarn or thread to finish.

If one in the hand is worth two in the bush, how many is this worth?

If one in the hand is worth two in the bush, how many is this worth?

I knit a few little cuffs out of some cotton yarn that I found in my stash to create knitted bird rings.  With all the colors I was able to make a lot of them.  I think they look nice in a flock.

bird rings

I love color!  At least in my knitting I like a lot of color.  My wardrobe is mostly northwest colors.  That would be grey, black, brown, green and blue.  I am trying to get some color in what I wear but everything goes with black, most things go with grey and green and blue are perfect wall flower colors.  Well at least I can wear one of these rings to brighten up my drab outfits.

I know that this is really last minute but if you are in the Seattle area and want to see some super cool plush handmade creatures Plush You is going on tonight at Schmancy.  The opening reception is 5:00 to 9:00.  I am super excited.  I will be the one wearing a bird ring.

Happy Friday!

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