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    More Birdhouses

    Ok when you get tired of these let me know. The lady called and said she wanted 6 more mini birdhouses and didn't care if I colored them or used pyrography on them. So I jumped on it today since it was snowing. Yep our first snow and the grass is white. Anyway I tried to make these look like they were made from old barn wood. The one on the right looks the best with what looks like old planks with knots. I burned spots to make it look like the wood had knots all over it. Anyway 3 more to go tomorrow. Lacquer finish on these as I ran out of GF Woodturners Finish but my quart is on the road.
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    Very cool, Bernie. Your shingle and weathered wood effects came out looking great.
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    Those are outstanding Bernie! Did you dye the "barn wood" ones? I really like making birdhouse ornaments, it's instant gratification. What kind of burner do you use?
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    I never get tired of seeing those
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    All nice, but the one on the right gets the barn board look the best.

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    Thanks for the kind comments. Well if you aren't tired of them I have some new ideas rolling around in my head with maybe some texture then burn or carving the shingles then burn to maybe give them a different more authentic look. Also got some idea's for the main body of the house. I am going to experiment today. I took some of these down to the Art Gallery as a pre show. They are going to put up their Christmas tree on 11/01 instead of after Thanksgiving hoping for more sales. Last year the patrons told them to do it earlier. Did I say more sales. She called last night and said I needed to come down because she needed to talk to me about getting a bunch more. She already had people in that are wanting them. Woohoo.

    John I used pen from Hobby Lobby called COPIC Sketch pen. It has a spade tip on one end and a brush tip on the other. They come in a abundance of colors and work beautifully on small turnings like these and ornaments. The color on the one I burned the lines to make it look like barnwood was I think called cool gray. I have a lot of these colored pens.
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    John forgot to mention that I use a Optima 1 dual pen burner. I bought six tips but found out I could do anything I want with four of them.
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    Great looking birdhouses! Fact they are on my favorites list.
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    Thanks Paul.
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