Wednesday, January 14, 2009

What I've been up to....

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!

15 comments:

Angie in AZ said...

very cool stuff Connie... and only you would think to make a rosary of birds. I can't wait to see it! The shark vertebrae are really neat! But OMG, the dolls. what can I say about the dolls and body parts?! I'm speechless... and a little jealous! What a treasure you landed!

Sherry Goodloe said...

Oh My! Color me envious, girlfriend. But first, those birds you made are FAB-U-LOUS!
Now back to that score of vintage German doll parts . . . oooooh weeeeeee. I bet you were the person that beat me out on Ebay!?

Beth Bricker said...

OHHHH Connie these dolls are wonderful! I sell Small bisque dolls at my antique shows and get around 20-30 for each doll. You have a fortune here, I'm so jealous.
Beth

kathy mc said...

Your Tuscan Birds are wonderful. You must be a very patient person to have made all of these by hand. Kudos to you.
I love your new doll collection. Let me know if you would like to sell any. I want to be first in line. I can't wait to see what you do with them.

Judy Streger said...

I love your gaggle of Tuscan birds. You have the patience of saint to make these birds, but the results are awesome.

Sprite said...

Those beads are terrific, so cool and so many! What a great ebay find Wow!! Hugs, Sprite

Joanne Huffman said...

I absolutely LOVE your birds. It's so cool the way you work on something until it's perfect and then you make it perfect. I really look forward to seeing what you do with the dolls.

Joanne

jackie said...

Girl, you are one amazing artist!! I can't believe all of those wonderful Tuscan birds that you made!! What patience and talent you possess!!
And what a glorious ebay purchase!! You hit the motherlode here! Can't wait to see some as you work on them! Thanks for sharing such great photos!
hugs,
jackie

bekaboo said...

Wow!! The doll bits are wonderful, but I am truly amazed by your patience, talent and attention to detail in creating those tiny bird beads. I adore vintage rosaries, and I can't wait to see how your bird rosary turns out.

Kelly Snelling_Soulhumming.typepad.com said...

great goodness golly gracious! first the birds. you know those made me Swoon! they are so fabulous. seeing them all massed in that heap makes me dizzy with envy. i cannot wait to see this necklace you are going to make with them. whoo-hoo! it will be amazing, i just know. and then these darn dolls! you are sure making me jealous, jealous. hee. you better hide all these goodies or i'm sneakin' in the window. :0)

Ragamuffin Gal said...

That is sooo wonderful! How did you find your source? Can you point me in a direction of where I could score some???? Your blog is Fabulous! Katie

martha brown said...

WOW! what a great find!!!

martha brown said...

I meant to comment on your wonderful bird beads, but I was overwhelmed by the dolls..... Your bird beads are FANTASTIC!

Sarah said...

I am so jealous! Love the shark vertebrae too. I have got a pair of earrings made with the rattles from rattle snakes. They don't look particularly attractive but they sound great!

Sarah said...

Oh and I love the bird beads and the necklace you ended up making with them too. Beautiful.