It is Spring in Australia and there are many birds nesting. Outside my studio room window there is a huge Jarrah and right up the top is a Magpie nest. I hear the calling of the mother and the carolling of the family as I work.
I created the sculpture to symbolise this amazing season in an all Aussie way and the baby Magpie is such a character. They love to play and roll around on their backs or hang upside down off the washing. Orphaned Magies are amazing companions and have been known to change a human life completely.
This one is created from Romney core with Shetland Merino and Silk feathers. Even his beak, feet and claws are made from Corridale wool. He has wire armature in his legs, head and wings. Black beads for eyes. The wings are created with sheet felt and needle felted details. He will make an awesome conversation piece and need a glass cabinet to protect him.
Size 16 x 20 x 12 cm
· Long coated fur should NOT be combed or brushed
· Use a large needle to gently straighten the fur.
· Trim any stray hairs rather then pulling them.
· Keeping your sculpture behind glass is preferable.
· Be aware of pets trying to kill your sculpture.
· Moths also like your sculpture. If you suspect moth activity, put your sculpture into the freezer for at least 14 days.
· Dust can be gently be brushed off with a clean makeup brush.
· Should something happen to your sculpture, surgery is an option.