Friday, June 22, 2012

A Splendid Little Chap

At the doll group (or rather Craftydollybirds group) last Sunday some of us started to make a bird out of a lightbulb!  This was a project by Christine Lehto in 'Cloth Paper Scissors' - March/April 2012.  Who would look at a lightbulb and think 'that would make a fabulous body for a bird'? - well obviously Christine did and I'm so glad she did as I love my little chap.  Christine used paperclay to cover the lightbulb after attaching wings and tail; I've used an airdrying clay called DAS as  you can see in one pic.  I bought mine at 'The Works' (but I seem to remember from reading comments somewhere in Blogland that this isn't a countrywide company).  The project suggests using acrylic paints for the bird but I decided to decoupage mine - the papers are from Decopatch.  I keep thinking you could use paper napkins as Decopatch papers are a little expensive but I've never seen some of the lovely designs they do in napkins plus the printed side of the papers is coated which I think gives a little bit of strength when wet.  He's 53/4"



















I asked for and received a lovely 'dumfling' from Jo so thought I'd make her one of my birds as a thank you.

I belong to a small but select craft group, hehe, that meets once a month in Brighouse, West Yorkshire.  We sometimes have challenges and for this month it was to make something 'red, white and blue' because of the queen's Jubilee.  I made a little felt bird.

16 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Birds! I can't get enough of them. I love them all. Never saw a bird made from a lightbulb before, but have seen other creatures. The artists used polymer clay. Yours is fantastic. I hope it doesn't break easily.

I like them all, including your little darling felt one, but my favorite is the one with the long legs. That one deserves a place of honor.

Crafty Chris said...

Hi Anne same here the place is flooded and just back in from shopping, soaking wet he needs to turn the tap off, the birds are so cute luv the blue one, at first I thought it was material, and the one with the long legs is fantastic. Just seen the funeral there of the kids that where burnt in the house fire so sad, they where beautiful children.
Chris x

Twiglet said...

Oh look at my little birdie standing there ready to flap his little button on wings. He flew all the way down here to Wales and is now sitting proudly on my hall cupboard. He is gorgeous. Thanks lots. x Jo

flutterbycrafter said...

What a gorgeous little chap, so cute, I love him

Kathleen said...

As I said last night it is fabulous and so are the other 2.
Love the 'small, but select' group bit.
I've started building an ark.

Kath x

Cheryl said...

oh gosh Hun only you could come up with amazing creations like these just amazing especially adore,the blue one,love it too bits,hugs Cherylxxxxx

Lynne said...

Wow! who would have thought he started life as a light bulb. He really is a fab little fellow. The blue DP papers finish him off perfectly. Lynne xx

Peachy Magoo said...

These are fab love em all but especially Mr Lightbulb!

Angie said...

I love your birds ....brilliant ...and clever ...thanks for dropping by and for your good wishes for Nahla.

Monica said...

Such lovely work.

Spyder said...

Ohoo what a great idea! I'll have to have a go!
very windy here, and the rain's on and off and on again! Send your ark this way!! Hope the weather's better for next Wed,Thur and may be Friday coz we're having our windows done...agh! have to take my crafty bench down!!
(Lyn)

Jill said...

He's great -you've quite a flock there, watch out for twitchers!

Ann said...

Love all your birdies, but the one made from the light bulb & clay, decopatch papers is just amazing!!Brilliant idea Anne :D
Hope you are well??
Ann xx

Spyder said...

See I've popped back now, well I knew I remembered seeing your light bulb bird and of course Twiglet's bird was soooo you, even before I read the post...I knew it had to be yours (well, I skimmed the reading bit, coz I'm sooo slow, I'll be here til next Christmas!) But in any case both birds are fantastic, and when I can find a real light bulb, and not these silly energy saving things, I'm going to have a go!! Still think of wobbly eyes, and my ATC swap on WOYWW all had Wobbly eyes. and that's your fault! (but no one knows that... Happy Crafting!!)
(Lyn)

Spyder said...

ps....the builders are here now putting in new doors & windows. I have a new crafty window! (It's clean and has no spider webs! but no bench put back yet... Happy Blogging!!
((Lyn)) #32

Annie said...

It's so lovely to have you popping by from time to time. Thanks for your lovely comments.
Jo brought her little bird down to meet me on Monday and I have to say he looks even better in realy life :-)
Hugs,
A x