Last week, as you may recall, we left our heroine tied to the train tracks, where she was removing paint from a thrift store birdcage to pass the time until the next train arrived. This week, our heroine had thought to finish the birdcage, but she did not, because assemblage ALWAYS takes more time than she thinks it will. Why is she talking about herself in the third person? Heaven only knows. She did stay up all night, so this is some highly delirious prose.
When you do assemblage, you need cool parts. This is the inside of a vintage radio that I gutted for a Living with Art project last year.
Among other parts, the 2-3 hours I spent taking that mess apart yielded this fascinating piece.
My mother’s husband bought me two pairs of bolt cutters for Christmas, and I used them to conquer this vintage egg beater in about 60 seconds flat. Bolt cutters are my hero.
I decided to go with two base tones for the birdcage, because it won’t be a birdcage for much longer. Want a hint about what it’s becoming? Force your eye up to the top of the birdcage. Hey! A propeller!
And more propulsion! It’s a steampunk flying machine!
I have been holding onto this miniature ship’s wheel for three years now, waiting for the perfect project. And what could be more perfect than a flying ship?!
Now that interesting metal bit is in there, too.
Here are the wings, absolutely covered in padded strips. If I don’t win the award for diligence in scraping, I will surely win it for enthusiasm in whining. Padded strips SUCK.
Wings and the beginnings of an ornate Victorian-inspired paint job. I am debating about using this doll on the “mast” of the ship.
Here’s how it looks without the doll.
View from the back. There is much still to be done, but this was what I could manage for now. I am, after all, tied to train tracks.