Sunday, March 15, 2009

Products Used For Junk Birdhouse

I forgot to tell you what was used to make the junk birdhouse. I first painted the house with acrylic. Two coats of paint on what would show. I used sanded grout and buttered each section I was working on with a palette knife. You do need to do it pretty thick to make sure the pieces are embedded securely. If the piece did not feel secure I would pick it back up and add grout to the piece itself and place it back down. I let the birdhouse sit out in the sun most of the day. It really should probably sit up for a few days before the next step, but me being the inpatient person that I am and wanting to see it finished, gave it the antiquing treatment. To antique: I mixed Antique Gold and Burnt Umber acrylic paint with antiquing medium(equal amounts on this project). Wipe off excess with a damp cloth. I took a ceramic class way back in the day, and learned that you can add colors to antique gold to achieve beautiful results. One of my favorites Antiquing mediums is the Antique Gold and Burnt Sienna. A good combination for dolls or when you want a pink tint to a project. It would be so cute to do small birdhouses for a Christmas tree, but you would have to use something like Apoxie Sculpt because the grout would be to heavy for the limbs of the Christmas tree. Just a thought!


Sue March 15, 2009 at 10:15 AM  

I think the antiquing medium that you used made a tremendous difference in the final look of this gorgeous piece! Thanks for the info!

Oh, and I've awarded you with the Kreativ Blogger award - please stop by my blog to pick it up!

Wishing you a gorgeous Sunday!


Tess March 15, 2009 at 11:56 AM  

Thanks for the instructions. I once stated covering a bird house with Pinecones. I cut all of the pieces off the cone and started glueing them on. I think I had all sides finished before I realized I forgot to leave a space for a nail or something for the perch. It was fun and detailed art though. I really should finish it.

martinia March 16, 2009 at 4:12 AM  

Hope you have a great week:-)

Kerin March 16, 2009 at 5:49 AM  

This is an amazing birdhouse Kim! I believe this is my first visit to your blog and I was in awe at what I saw when I landed on your page.

The finish is so beautiful and I love everything about it!

art and beautiful junk March 19, 2009 at 12:37 PM  

Love it! Did you see the art I sent to the gallery? It's almost time for it to come home. I'll send you picts next week. How are you? Great I see.

Sandy March 23, 2009 at 2:15 PM  

I love birdhouse and I love birds and I LOVE this idea! Gorgeous work.

jewelrygirl April 9, 2009 at 11:41 AM  

That is so gorgeous! You will have to check out my blog....I have a jewelry Christmas tree. Different from yours, but you might like it.

Very nice.