Building birds

Having a passion for birds can lead you into trouble.  It fosters grand ambitions.

I do not live the right life for keeping the real thing; the next best thing has to be making and painting them.

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The corvid (should have been a raven but it clearly is a generic crow) took months and made me cross. But what a learning curve.

Then I read Jackie Morris’ wonderful Queen of the Sky

Well needless to say the first steps have not been easy

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Once done, I measured and checked online (not many people give you the average toe measure for a peregrine).  Eventually I came to the conclusion that the feet were too big.

So:

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Batch two, slightly smaller (I estimated the lengths based on my bird book tarsus measure and took it as a ratio of tarsus to central toe) and hopefully a better looking foot.

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The next step is the central armature and the shaping.  I hope to have a needle felted peregrine by the end of the summer.

Not sure keeping the real thing wouldn’t be easier after all.

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  1. I’m amused to read making the corvid made you cross – they always seem to me to be cross birds! But he’s turned out splendidly. You have so much patience with your art – I love seeing how you build up a creation, step by step 🙂

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