Here it is ... I call it my "Sewing Bird" House.
I covered a bare wooden bird house with DCWV self-adhesive fabric paper (blue collection), then cut three gears from handmade copper-colored paper using the Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets die, toning down the copper color with a wash of Walnut Stain Distress Stain. When dry, I adhered the gears around each opening in the bird house. Next, I hammered the metal roof on the inside, then applied Baroque Art Gilder's Paste (copper, rust, and verdigris) to the outside. Before reattaching the roof to the bird house, I punched a small hole in each crease and inserted Tim Holtz Ideaology antique gold chain through it. I ran two sizes of Graphic 45 metal butterflies through a Vintaj Deco Motif embossing folder, applied copper Gilder's Paste and Vintaj Patinas in blue and green before adhering to top of roof. I used Tim Holtz Sizzix mini dress form and thread spool movers and shapers die to cut them from real wood paper, then adhered another matching piece of DCWV fabric paper to the dress form. Next, I wrapped floss around the thread spool and waist of the dress form and adhered both to the base of the house, along with some Tim Coffey (K & Company) and Prima flowers. I also used the copper paste to color the vintage (replica) sewing bird. It was a bright, brassy gold color. I finished the bird house off with a few sewing-themed embellishments. Look closely at the scissors in the lower left ... they are etched with a cute little squirrel, who appears to be watching the sewing bird above. The scissors are also a replica, but I can always remove them to use, if I choose to.
In case you are unfamiliar with sewing birds, I am including a picture of one below. It was used as a "third" hand. By clamping the "bird" onto a nearby table, you would insert your fabric into the mouth of the bird, and holding the fabric taught with your left hand, you could then continue working with your needle in your right hand, and vice versa, of course, if you are left-handed.
This particular sewing bird is a replica of an antique sewing bird, and I was able to find it inexpensively at Lacis.com. It was blemished, so I purchased it for a "song", and I'm still looking to find what is wrong with it. Being inexpensive, and not an actual antique, I was able to allow myself to alter it without a sense of destruction to an otherwise beautiful Victorian tool.
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