Good morning everyone! How is your weekend going? I am still battling my summer crud. You would think I would begin to feel better after nearly a week of this. Sick or not, I am determined to carry on as I have looming deadlines to meet this week. But first, I wanted to share a project I recently finished, an ostrich egg bird house.
Earlier this spring, a dental patient of mine had gifted me several ostrich eggs. Back in April, I experimented using various mediums on the outer surface of the shell. Click here to view that post. Today’s project goal was really a personal challenge, to see if I could somehow re purpose an ostrich egg into a bird house. I feel that I was successful and am pleased with the results. See the close ups below. All pictures can be clicked on for larger view.
Roof: Balsa Wood purchased from Michael’s
Utility Knife and Ruler
6X6 Woodgrain Crafter’s Workshop Stencil
Windsor and Newton Acrylic Paint Raw Umber and Vandyke Brown
Liquitex Light Modeling Paste
Sign: Stampendous Clear Stamp Set- Nest Egg
Jet Black Archival Ink from Ranger
Walnut Stain Distress Ink for the edges
Screw Eye and Jump Ring from Tim Holtz’s Ideology Line
Scrap of Brown Card Stock
Nest: Bird Nest with Eggs came from my stash. I added an assortment of Twigs, Excelsior, String, Dried Leaves, and Feathers (Michael’s)
Bird: Purchased from Michael’s
Assembly: Everything was pretty straight forward to create and assemble. I would like to comment about using E6000 adhesive. I used E6000 adhesive to adhere the roof top and the base to the ostrich egg because the product claims that it can bond anything together. I agree, but one should note that E6000 has a profound odor and definitely would recommend to work with this adhesive in a well ventilated area. The one drawback I found with E6000 is its drying time. Until my adhesive initially set, I found that I needed to prop up things around the house to help ensure that the roof top dried in the right place as it seemed to want to slide back wards at an angle. Same thing for the placement of the egg to the base, I surrounded the egg with props to ensure the correct placement of the egg on the base. I think the drying time is dependant upon your climate and for my are, it took a good day to dry.
I intended for this bird house to be purely decorative and am going to give it to the wonderful dental patient who gifted me a nice supply of ostrich eggs. I think she will appreciate seeing her eggs transformed into works of art.
I encourage you leave me a comment and/or questions you may have about my ostrich egg birdhouse. Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you will come back again.