Sunday, August 30, 2015

A flock of patinated birds

The weekend was made up of many activities including planting our spring veggie garden; applying fertiliser to roses and other trees; attending a farewell for one of our local artists; and drilling and bolting some of Fiona's works for her upcoming exhibition.  And we had 25 mm of rain to settle all the new plants in.

This afternoon I got a bit of time to finish a couple more Steampunk influenced pendants (photos later) and I started on my flock of peace birds for  International Peace Day on 21 September.

©2015 Barry Smith - A small bird of peace
I intend to make 21 patinated copper birds that will be stamped with the word peace - they will be hang in the tree at the front of our house with Fiona's peace weathergrams. Today I managed to cut out the first handful.

©2015 Barry Smith - A handful of small peace birds
I love the  the combination of natural patina, raw copper edges and the rust - making these 7 was a joy.

©2015 Barry Smith - A small family of peace birds on rust
©2-15 Barry Smith - Peace birds and rust
©2015 Barry Smith - Patinated copper and rust
The photos of two more Steampunkish pendants. I cut two lugs off one.

©2015 Barry Smith - Watch pendant
And all the lugs off the other.

©2015 Barry Smith - Watch pendant
I found that I could republish the very cloudy glass of the watch faces with my jewellery polish - works well. A good end to a good weekend


  1. The simplicity and patina of the peace birds are exquisite.

  2. The birds will look fabulous hung on your tree with Fiona's weathergrames, so nice they might go? I know I would love one, so hang them high.!

  3. Your birds are super, B, shape, colour, patina, just beautiful! I've just been given a NZ Tui bird, cut from an old LP record. And in my garden the Noisy Miners are zooming around in mating rituals, and telling me I shouldn't be there. It's a week for birds.

  4. Busy, busy. The birds are great...and will last forever.


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