Nothing can put a smile on your face quite like a whimsical bird. This bird ornament is the latest iteration of my bird-related egg shell art series.
Creating a Whimsical Bird Ornament
I sculpted the details from polymer clay over a hollowed out egg shell. The polymer keeps the ornament light weight, but makes the egg so much more durable. Usually I sculpt the tail feathers from polymer too, but I really the playfulness of the real feathers tucked into a polymer heart with my signature mark. This piece is available for sale in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/198412659/canary-yellow-bird-ornament-egg-shell?ref=shop_home_active_12
These rocker-style Peacock Switchplates are for Susan in California. She has a newly decorated wall waiting for them. I thought she might like to see how they are coming along.
Recycled Jelly Jar
I’m a sucker for a cute label. It can make me reach for a product on the shelf and it can make it hard to throw the jar away once the product is gone. This Crofters Fruit Spread jar is a perfect example. It was just begging for a second chance. Doesn’t it work well as a flower vase teamed up with a playful teddy bear sculpture? This “Teddy Bear Picnic” flower vase is available through my YoungCreative shop on Etsy.
I’ll let you in on a secret. This whole project is a little bit of a recycling project. I originally created the concept in 2012, but I wasn’t 100% happy with the results. The bear’s eyes in my original piece were way too small. I also felt that the dark “basket weave” didn’t provide enough contrast with the brown of the bear. (See photo below.) When I found this similar jar with a light blue label, I decided that it was time to try a do-over. I created a brand-new design for the jar portion. And because you can re-cure polymer, I took the opportunity to enlarge the bear’s eyes and add new polymer “lace” details to her gingham blouse.