An example we would like offer here is named "Gilded Gingerbread" and this birdhouse was decorated and donated by Terry Twombly, of Jack Conway & Company Realtors, to the South Shore Habitat for Humanity’s annual Birdhouse Display and Sale.
Few hand tools were needed, pliers, a cutting tool (Terry used tin snips), a file or grinding wheel to smooth rough-cut edges, a hammer, and some small brass pins for nailing the pieces to the structure are useful. Copper taping used in stained glass work can be placed as flashing and to cover the abutting edges of the filigrees used on corners and along the roof seam for an architectural detail.
If a less constructed look is in your mind’s eye, then this could be a tremendous opportunity to use up articles and jewelry findings, including beads, stones, and odd lengths of chain that will not be used in your jewelry designs. Mixing jewelry findings with twigs, rocks, and pine cone petals can give a rustic look to your creation.
The size and shape of your birdhouse will help determine the scale of jewelry findings you choose to use. As with jewelry designing, the ideas for decorating birdhouses are limited only by your imagination. This can be a fun family project for a rainy weekend or school vacation week, a charming Sunday school or school art project building cardinal bird houses. It is as well the type of item that can find its way into galleries, gift shops, and birding catalogs.
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