Little glittery bird inside a handmade rustic wire birdcage
What is it that fascinates me about bird cages? I don’t mean actual bird cages, but rather the iconography of them; the metaphor. I don’t even love birds. (I like birds well enough, but I’m a dog-as-a-pet-person, not a bird-as-a-pet-person… ifyaknowwhatImean.)
Open birdcage with soaps…
When decorating my bathroom, I selected bird cages to decorate with. There are mini bird cages holding soaps, bird cages holding make up, and bird cages perched (get it?) on the very top of my shelf too.
The bird cages in my bathroom started their lives in a craft supply store discount bin (and later I saw them at the old Inglewood Suzie Q Beadstoo, as part of their decorating scheme) and then they were spray painted silver, followed by a dusting of copper spray paint. The result is something that feels vintage rather than metallic – like something that has started to tarnish rather than something new and shiny. The copper warms up the silver too, which I really like.
Although I haven’t blogged about all things Steampunk in a while, I thought I’d send out a message about a cool steampunk-y find from Michaels…
In the $1.50 section right now they have extra large 6″ long ‘test tubes’ with black stoppers or cork stoppers. The glass does have “not suitable for food” on it, though I have no idea why… unless the glass is coated with something? (If you can think of any reason, please let me know in the comments below!)
I picked up 6 of them for a possible project – but I wanted to share them with my local readers too.
I don’t know if other Michael’s will have them too, but if you’re in Calgary, I found them at the Westhills location on Tuesday. If you think you could use them – leave me a message with what your ideas are!
Oh.. while I was there I also grabbed a nice lantern with a battery-operated candle. It’s kind of steampunk-y too I think, though I bought it to put with my Norse feast kit for the time being. (At least until my other project (spoilers!) is complete…)