Just like the one year dollar store flamingo project,
this is another project that has been sitting in my
garage for about a year waiting to get his wings and today was the day.
(I'm sorry you had to see my fence that needs to be pressure washed)
Do you remember this one I made last year?
You can see how I did it here...
It was even on About.com!...I was pretty excited about that
It's a big one...as in a little over 5ft wide... big.
I can't help it, I love to make over sized art... it's a sickness I think.
I cut the wings out of plywood...
in hindsight, I would not have used 4 separate wings but...
Since I did make separate wings, I attached it all together
on the back with a wood cut out, wood glue and screws
I took extra long wood shims and glue and started making a
herringbone pattern with them...
I also used shims on one of my dragonflies, they are fun
and inexpensive to work with
I was left with this...
from the back...
I cut the edges of the shims off with the jigsaw.
One happy day, I found this big box of metal chain link fence post caps
at Restore for 7 bucks.
I thought I could incorporate them in the design somehow.
As luck would have it, I had a hole cutting bit the exact size
as the metal caps
I made a design around the edge for the caps.
I didn't cut all the way through with the hole cutting bit, but made
areas where I could place the caps...I applied glue and
pounded them in with a rubber mallet
The body is flat...
I added a finial to the bottom
I added brick ties to the body...
I had saved this galvanized star that used to be a lid to a candle and it fit
perfectly behind the body of the butterfly...
it pays to be a hoarder sometimes
You can see the star and brick ties on the body in this pic
I had these large metal
I have no idea what they are pieces
and combined them with rusty nuts for the eyes...
I used a large wrought iron piece for the antenna...
Gave the whole thing a gray-whitewashed-driftwood colored finish...
and it was done!
What do you think?
I hung it on my fence just to get pics but
I'm going to list it in my Etsy shop
This butterfly had a metamorphosis!... Check out his new look here.
Thanks for stopping by!