For me, the first sign that warmer weather is coming is the robin redbreast. I can always count on him to show up with the early spring and keep me company throughout the summer and autumn months. As a child I remember braving the cold March air and feeding him in my backyard. It is something that I continue to do to this day. My fascination with birds has grown to embrace the beautiful cardinal, the bright blue jay and even the sneaky, smart crow.
Along with the allure the birds hold for me, I am also drawn to birdhouses in all shapes and forms. My favorites are birdhouses created from found objects and materials. I always wonder about the story behind found materials; who touched them, how were they used, how were they loved, why were they discarded, and how can I bring new life to their old pieces and parts – make my something from someone else’s nothing?
For this project, we were to use thrift store and found objects to create a new piece of art, and I created these colorful Sweet Tweet Birdhouse Necklaces using a mix of upcycled, thrift store and new materials.
- ColorBox® ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez inks:
- Frisco Bay, Honey Bee, Wisteria, Black Diamond, Ruby Slippers, Avocado
- ColorBox® ColoriQue Sealant
- Paint daubers by Clearsnap
- Miniature unfinished wooden birdhouses
- Antique lamp banding
- Filigree embellishments
- 16g brass wire
- Antique watch parts
- Glass, enameled and metal Beads
After drilling a hole through the top of the birdhouses, I used paint daubers to apply different ColorBox® ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez inks to each one, blending colors until I was happy with the result. After that layer of ink had dried on each one, I took another dauber to apply a light ‘antiquing’ of black ink to the edges and bottom of each birdhouse and let all the layers of ink cure overnight. After they cured, I heat-set the ink and applied a light coat of ColorBox® ColoriQue Sealant to each one.
Next, I cut equal lengths of antique lamp banding and used Black Diamond ink on each, let it dry, and then lightly sanded them to allow the ink to stay in all the little crevasses and to highlight the brass design. I then heat-set the ink, sealed each length of banding, and bent the lengths to fit the birdhouse tops. Finally, I drilled holes in each link to allow the brass wire to go through both the lamp banding and the birdhouse.
After that, I decorated each birdhouse with all kinds of different filigree, antique watch parts, beads, chain, and just about anything else I could find.
The result? Tiny, colorful and unique necklaces to remind me of the colorful and unique birds that keep returning to visit me each and every year. Thank you for stopping by and reading my post, I hope I inspired you to make some Sweet Tweets Birdhouse Necklaces for yourself.