Junk...is for the birds.

March 8th, 2011 in member junk     
bendrechsler bendrechsler, member
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My wife really loves the bird designs on the Anthropologie hand towels my mom got her for Christmas this year, so I based the wire bird outline on one of those printed towel images.  Now shes got birdies everywhere.
Heres our ornithine friend hangin out under a blooming twig of Bradford Pear - the only bad thing about it is the smell.  Bradford pear trees smell somewhat urinesque in the spring, so unfortunately these beautiful blossoms aint gon be in my house for too long...
Precariously perched per particular placement post-production, the bird vase takes its place beside a pretty awesome old cabinet door I found on the curb in Charleston - yet another junk trophy of mine...
I used some 14 gauge wire for this project - with just a pair of needle-nosed pliers, you can work magic with the stuff.  Its fairly rigid, so itll solidly tolerate pretty much any design you can conjure up, but its still flexible enough to easily manipulate with simple hand tools.
I hand-wrapped the wire tightly around this old test tube Ive had for years, which has now become a miniature bud vase.  Honestly, the test tube is probably more secure in this state than it ever was shuffling around in a junk drawer...
My wife really loves the bird designs on the Anthropologie hand towels my mom got her for Christmas this year, so I based the wire bird outline on one of those printed towel images.  Now shes got birdies everywhere.

My wife really loves the bird designs on the Anthropologie hand towels my mom got her for Christmas this year, so I based the wire bird outline on one of those printed towel images.  Now she's got birdies everywhere.


So here's another quick and easy project for my fellow tightwads - my investment was $0 since I had the stuff lying around, but even if you started from scratch, the pricetag would be minimal at most.

Ingredients include:  one (1) glass test tube, and some 14-gauge wire.  That's it.

I'm sure you could take this project in a million directions using various containers and wire designs - hope you enjoy whippin' up your own.


Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, artwork, vase, plant holder, glass, house wear, wire

Comments (9)

homeroad writes: Wow! I love it! I thought you bought it!
Susan Posted: 6:59 pm on March 21st
junkermidge writes: THAT is AMAZING!!! You are too humble, that looks like it requires a LOT of talent! Way to go!!
Midge Posted: 9:14 am on March 17th
SnowmanHill writes: Awesome idea, love it too! What kind of wire did you use? I find heavy wire hard to bend like that.

dana Posted: 10:22 am on March 10th
NW_CornerOfTheAttic writes: Holy smokes is this neat! Super cool! Posted: 7:52 am on March 10th
CottageElements writes: Very cool! Love it! And it looks great against the bright green wall. Love that, too!

Lani Posted: 6:51 am on March 10th
TinTinJunkFan writes: This turned out amazing...your lucky wife! Posted: 1:34 pm on March 9th
VintageReVisited writes: Wow! Very cool. I've got some old test tubes lying around. I'm going to give this a shot. Thanks for the great idea! Posted: 10:10 am on March 9th
oldnews writes: This is so cool, I love it! Marie Posted: 6:02 am on March 9th
Prior writes: completely beautiful! Really...Lezlee Posted: 9:34 pm on March 8th
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