The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Making Of

Last time I showed you some hunger bird sketches, and from those I came up with my final idea…. so, here is the making of!



To texture my little copper hunger birds, I had a wander around Dundee and picked up some fallen feathers.

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Which I stuck to both sides of a copper sheet with double sided strips.

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The copper was run through the rolling mill a few times to imprint the feather texture into the copper.

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The feathers got quite stuck to the metal, so, I used a torch to burn away the tape and feather excess.


And then cleaned away the fire stain in the pickle.

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After selecting my hunger bird shapes, I used little paper templates to transfer them onto the copper.


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And cut them out! and filed down the edges until smooth.

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Next came the soldering…. this took ages! I had to solder each bird onto a huge length of wire, and each time clean it in the pickle…. it was hard work! and a little dangerous! Working with such a long length of wire, especially one that’s getting hotter and hotter as I moved further along was a little hazourdous… but I stretched myself across 3 benches and worked out a system of bowls of water and safety gloves so I wouldn’t burn myself… or anyone else! or set fire to anything!!


It was worth it in the end, as they turned out just I wanted!

The copper was put into an oxidising bath to blacken into hellish birds.


And then cleaned a little.

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And finally the finishing touches were added! Dyed black, thick, gloopy latex with coils of wire strung with onyx and smokey quartz beads. The wire acts as a flight pattern, the beads give a glint of sparkling eyes and sharp talons and the black latex just enhances the leathery black skin of these unbird birds.


Stay tuned for the next post where I show you the finished piece!


Chloe out.


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