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Paper mache birds

Paper mache birds

Regular price $259.00
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paper mache snowy owlAbout my paper mache birds

I make paper mache birds entirely for my amusement and delight. I hope they will make you smile, too!

I can make just about any species you like: snowy owl, glossy ibis, black-throated diver, puffin, blue-footed booby, kingfisher ... I've sculpted them all!

Understanding the species

I observe the anatomy of a particular bird very closely so as to get the shape and 'feel' of it more or less correct. Some kind of accuracy is very important to my inner scientist. Once I understand the species, I can emphasise certain characteristics. For example, tail feather configuration, stance, beak type, wing shape, head crest, foot size, and so on.

paper mache puffinsJunk modelling

My paper mache birds are made using sculpted polystyrene, cardboard, and any other interesting junk I can lay my hands on. I construct them using PVA glue, and masking tape. I'm a whizz with a Stanley knife and I should say that some of these birds are fortified with splatterings of the artist's genuine A negative blood. Bird's legs are constructed using twisted garden wire. It's a very messy business - ripping and sticking - and I love it! Each bird is painted with artist's quality acrylic paint, and sealed with 3 coats of hardwearing acrylic varnish.

So, apart from the paint and varnish, my paper mache birds are made from recycled materials!

Bird care

Each paper mache figure is free-standing or free-hanging. If they get dusty, just wipe them clean. They should never be dropped, left outside, trodden on, exposed to long periods of dampness, or left in reach of pets or children! Despite their cuteness, they are not toys.

How do I make them? Read this blog

Want one? Commission me!

If you'd like me to make a paper mache bird especially for you, just ask! Each is made from scratch, so allow me a minimum of 3 weeks to create your bird (I can probably make it faster, but I won't make promises I can't keep).

Depending on size and complexity they cost between £100 to £200, plus £8 for tracked P&P to UK addresses.

Shipping and delivery

This website takes orders from UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Denmark, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

If you are not in these countries and you would like to make a purchase, please get in touch with me directly.

Posting your order

Typically, orders for physical products placed after 12pm on Friday, and on Saturday or Sunday will not be posted until Monday at the earliest. I use Royal Mail to dispatch your order.

If you have ordered multiple items, I will try to post everything together. Occasionally, this is not possible, in which case they will be dispatched in separate packages.

Digital files will typically be transferred to customers within 24 hours via email using WeTransfer, the file transfer website.

Buying an original painting? Please choose the tracked option!

UNITED KINGDOM (incl. Channel Islands, Isle of Man)

  • UK Royal Mail second class – 3 to 5 working days (can be longer at busy times of year)
  • UK Royal Mail tracked next day special delivery – next day by 1pm

If you choose a tracked delivery, I will be notified with your Royal Mail tracking number when your parcel has been dispatched.

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS

IMPORTANT! All international orders are shipped duties unpaid. Orders shipped outside of the UK may be subject to customs, taxes and duties. This cost is the responsibility of the customer and is payable on receipt of goods. Please check your local customs tax and duty costs as duties must be paid before the goods are released.

USA and CANADA
Royal Mail International Tracked service (7-14 days)

AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND
Royal Mail International Tracked service (7-14 days)

EUROPE (Rep of Ireland, France, Germany and Denmark only)
Royal Mail International Tracked service (7-14 days)

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