Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Paper Mache parrot?

Yes... a homemade parrot - blue and gold macaw that is, and his name is Darwin.

Start with a skeleton of paper and chicken wire...

Bust out your elementary school paper mache skills - flour + water is classic. I looked up so many recipes for "new and improved" paper mache, but at the end of the day, thin even coats worked well. Allow form to dry between layers!

Paint a solid white....

then get creative! I painted all my colors first then hot glued feathers and beady eyes (found at Hob Lob)... I even made an eye patch for the little man.

How does he stay on your shoulder? We made a saddle out of leather that allows him to sit on your shoulder...

Darwin even met a distant relative at Ren Fest!



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