Saturday, May 20, 2006

Experimental bird toy

While I was getting ready for the birds staying here I went out looking for quick connecters to hang toys in the cage. I found a place that sold them on the web, but they weren't that expensive considering what the shipping would have cost. So I dug around the site and found that they also sold various different pices to make your own bird toys so I filled out the order with a variety of other items and put a toy together for the birds to try out. I didn't get any pictures before the birds and the toy went back home, but A was nice enough to send me a picture today of Citrus checking out the toy.

The toy is made of a green polyurethene cord called Paulie cord tied onto a metal ring, with plastic pony beads and foam beads strung on it.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Thor's hammer bracelet

I managed to get some good pictures of this bracelet today. Below is a shot of the whole bracelet. The charm hanging off the clasp toggle is a fly. (Not spcifically a biting fly, but I thought it worked nicely.)

Below is a close up of the center of the bracelet and the hammer. It is a sterling silver reproduction of a Thor's hammer that was found in Birka. I like it because it is small enough to fit in a bracelet and it has a simple design. It was amazing how hard it was to find it too. The trend in Thor's hammers appears to be big, and highly decorated. I did find out that there is a wide selection of sterling silver charms out there for a lot of other religions though, so if I ever get a commission that includes a charm like that I know where to look.

The beads are silver beads made by the Thai Karen hill tribes and are just amazing. All of the findings and the fly charm are sterling silver.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Bird toy (plus bonus birds)

I did get a bird toy made, but unfortunately I didn't get a picture of it before it went in the cage with the birds, I do I have a couple of picture of them checking it out.

It's a bit hard to tell because the pictures are a bit blurry, but the toy is made out of thin strips of leather which were tied onto a solid right, then pony beads and little wicker balls were strung onto them. It was really easy to make, and as you can see the girls like it quite a bit. I've gotten some more ideas for other bird toys and I'll probably try to make them up and give to A to try out in their regular cage at home.