Skeleton Bird Woman


Nearly two and a half years ago, I agreed to temporarily care for a cockatiel who was between homes. Little did I know that this tiny ball of feathers birdie would wheedle his way into my heart and that my home would become his permanent home… and that I would, to this very day, continue to be amazed at his cleverness, his sweetness, and his love of human companionship.

I mean, how could I not fall in love?

So when I saw that some of the folks on Craftster were having a “Put a Bird On it” swap (no, it’s not about Portlandia, it’s all about the birds), I had to join.

I was partnered with the lovely charlieandwillow and as soon as I saw that her interests included Dia de los Muertos, I knew a skeleton had to be involved. Though I was unsure how I was going to put a bird on a skeleton…

[Rather than rewrite the explanation of the skeleton that forms the base of this project, I’ll just point you to the last time I used a skelly.]

My partner mentioned liking finches, tits, and owls, but as there is a grand variety of coloring and shapes for each of these birds, I asked her to give me her favorite in each category. She responded with: Zebra Finch, Blue Tit, and Little Owl.

Peripitus. “Zebra Finch.” Dorsch, Maximilian. “Blue Tit.” Hisgett, Tony. “Little Owl.” Wikipedia.

And I knew what I needed to do with those birds: bird masks for the skelly.

I knew she would now be the Bird Woman — always waiting, always ready for the birds to come to her.

Skeleton Bird Woman

Unworn masks hang from her removable belt.

Oh yes, the feathers you see were freely donated by the resident cockatiel (he had already discarded them when I collected them).

Base made from the top of a ribbon spool, some bits of soda 12-pack cardboard, pages from an old law book, paint, stain, beads, and chain.

2 comments for “Skeleton Bird Woman

  1. Mandy L.
    July 30, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    This is amazing work! Truly stunning!

  2. Carolyn
    July 30, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Once again you have totally blown me away with your wildly creative brain and your painstaking attention to every little detail! Fabulous!!!!!

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