Charmed Life

Here’s a short sweet little post about a few talon charms I made the last week. All are chickens sourced from my favorite farm in Schoharie  New York.

This Foot is clutching a wooden Saint charm gifted to me by a friend whom I know through Bailey, one half of the Farmer’s Husband. (Side note- I was mentally composing a list in my head today of all the people I have to thank for my blazed taxidermy trail and it’s astounding how each one is connected how we are all connected but that’s a post for another day).  I’m not sure what saint is represented here but I think it looks so much like Dora the Explorer that I just named it after her:

Accentuated with soft ducking hide:

 

Another gift from this friend was a horse shoe charm bracelet.  Hence:

FYI: For anyone who doesn’t already know this, horseshoes should always be kept in the is direction so your luck won’t run out.

 

Remember Miss. Hannigan from Annie?  I imagine her wearing this:

Sorry that picture is so terrible; clearly I do not poses my husband’s camera skills.  Here’s a better one:

 

Something I’ve been wanting to make use of is this mini watering can:


It won’t pour water but you can stash your drugs diamonds in there!

As usual, if any of these strike your fancy don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

And that’s been post.

 

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Art for Animals, pt. 1

I recently made this Starling Fascinator as a donation for an event called “Art for Animals”, a fundraiser for the Pennsylvania SPCA.  It’s a “silent auction of art, design, and offerings from leading cultural institutions (like Diamond Tooth!)”.  It’s tomorrow night and if you’ve got some shekels burning a hole in your Birkin, by all means stop by and place a bid!  The proceeds shall go to the Pennsylvania SPCA in partnership with Michael Garden of CITYSPACE Real Estate.

It might seem odd that a taxidermist would be asked to donate a piece to an SPCA event, but I hope my participation in such things drives home the point that I (like most in my field) have a deep and profound love for animals.   Why not invest the time, blood, sweat and tears into preserving something so beautiful, and celebrating it?

No matter, if you’re reading this I’m most likely preaching to the choir so I’ll just tell you about my piece.  I toned it down a bit (read: no heads or feet) and used several pairs of Starling wings on a vintage fascinator base.

Here is the 3/4 front view:

And turning towards the back:

 

I embellished it with a chunk of antique bracelet from Wilbur Vintage.

The back.  Along with the bracelet I added chains from another antique necklace.  They are attached on either end but can swing a bit with the wearer’s head movements.  Perfect for haughty walking, which is my favorite kind.

 

The back right side. Chains are attached to the bracelet link, which is layered atop a patch of starling feathers.

And here is the right front view.  Pretty nifty, huh?  I think whomever bids on this piece and wins is an individual possessing impeccable taste.  Could it be you?

 

I plan on taking a break from all my Craft Bazaar prep  and stepping out for a bit tomorrow night at this auction.  I’ll post part two on Thursday with some photos from the event as well as what you’ll all be dying to know which is WHO walked away wearing the most stunning head-gear (next to me, of course) of the night.

Until then, xoxoB

A special comb for a special gal

Here is a comb I was recently commissioned to make for a friend as a gift for her sister-in-law.  Commissions are my favorite assignments; I thrive on personalizing things for specific individuals.   The recipient in this case has reddish hair, and appreciates a flash of bright color.  I incorporated a cameo because it reminded me of the couple who commissioned the piece.

According to my friend, the cameo resembles her sister-in-law!  My personalised work seems to somehow magically blend in perfectly with the wearer’s style and personality; I truly think this is where I excel.  These are the times when I follow my instincts and it works.

Here’s a full-sized image.  I just had to get these shots quickly since I had to run out and deliver the piece.  It’s comprised of pheasant, peacock and misc bird feathers; some were manipulated and curled.  I also incorporated vintage gems and beaver fur.

 

And here is another picture.  It is so ridiculously hot in here and I can’t think.  Words hard.