The Whole Zoo!

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“The Whole Zoo” Mixed Media Assemblage

I look for any excuse to make cages!  They are really easy to make plus they are fun.  I needed to empty a ziplock bag of Red Rose Tea figurines that fit the zoo theme.  I love the sentiment: ” Forget the butterflies, I feel the whole zoo when I’m with you”.

 

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Supplies:

Scrapbook paper, 2″ punch, 20 gauge wire, 16 gauge annealed wire copper foil tape, acrylic craft paints, zoo animals, wood base, some small wooden beads, diamond wrap ribbon , copper ArtEmboss , paint pens.  I had a nice piece of driftwood that I found on the beach.

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Set out the figurines to help plan the design.

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Use copper foil tape to divide the sections to paint.

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Have fun painting!

 

 

Punch two pieces of scrapbook paper and hot glue the centers being careful not to get hot glue where you will be punching.  Use a punch or poke with an awl 12 holes like a clock.  Cut 6 pieces of 20 gauge wire 6 inches long and curl one end.  Thread 6 wires through the scrapbook circle and thread a wooden bead into the center.  Glue on your zoo figurine.  Then thread the other wires into the remaining 6 holes and curl the ends of the wire.  Press the “curls” flat and cover with another piece of scrapbooking paper.   Use a piece of faux rhinestone to cover the outside edge of the cage  for a finished look.  Decorate the tops of the cages by adding another piece of 20 gauge wire and glue on a paper pendant with a ribbon rose.

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Use paint pens to decorate the base board and drill 5 holes.  Cut 16 gauge annealed black wire into 18-24″ pieces and curl the bottom and hot glue to the base.  Use a pencil to make “springs” in the wire and make the end into a large circle that you bend to a right angle.  Use hot glue and another circle of the scrapbook paper to attach the cage to the wire.  Vary the lengths of the cages.

 

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Use a piece of ArtEmboss for the sign.  Use the stylus to write the words and antique the piece with felt pen and acetone.

 

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“The Whole Zoo” Mixed Media Assemblage

Now I need to dream up another idea to use up the rest of the animals!

Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

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