I have been busy - ok.... obsessed - making bird beads. I made 96 little beads and am going to make them into one necklace......i am teaming them up with some natural undyed red coral branches, sterling silver and copper! I call them "tuscan birds". This project has inspired me to make a bird "rosary", with owls for the "our fathers", a winged eagle for the center piece, and a dove for the cross! I LOVE to make rosaries.......
Here they are closer... They are polymer clay (cernit) and have been hand sculpted and pearll-exed. Most have micro bead eyeballs, with a clear sealer over them. The wings were added after the first bake. Acrylic paints were applied after this and then they were rebaked to set the paint. Then I engraved them a bit and then gave them 2 coats of "future", rebaked them. Finally, a coat of rennaissance wax and a polishing with a muslin dremel buff to bring up a satin shine.
Below are some shark vertebrae i bought on etsy.I got two strings of them, each 26 inches long!
Lord knows what I will do with them, but at least they don't have sharp edges like the snake spine I got...
And Now, the best for last. LOOK WHAT I JUST GOT!
It is a large box from Germany!
Here am opening it............
Here's how everything came packed....Now look what was inside!
antique german doll parts! The order was to have 100 doll bodies with heads ( many are only 1 - 2 inches) , 300 right arms, 300 left arms, 300 right legs and 300 left legs. He said it was enough to make 100 dolls with arms and legs. Those bags in the bag all contain 320 arms or legs each! What the seller sent me, from Germany (he dug them up himself) was not only my original order, but also 90 extra arms and legs, 40 extra doll bodies, 40 heads, 12 headless painted clothed bodies, 1 tiny charlotte, 1 full still strung tiny doll, and a bunch of partial torsos with or without heads. It was so exciting to open! It was HUGE! .....and the doll bodies, arms and legs ARE NOT BROKEN!, dirty, maybe a chip here and there, but in great condition!
These heads and the torsos below were all freebies.
...and so were these!
I may just have to make a centipede doll!