Always (always!) in search of new nests of varying formats, compositions, shapes and sizes, I received an order late last week from a wholesaler I found at the Orlando show I attended in January. The shipment brought me new nests to play (!) with, and also provided me with a vehicle to try out a new technique I read about somewhere the other day. Happy girl - new toy!
The nests are made from strips of metal randomly welded together to form a nest shape. They're small, about 6 inches in diameter at the top, and sitting about 4 -5 inches high. They've been welded by hand, so it seems, as no two are alike. I really disliked the finish on them, but figured I would find a way to make them work for me. Love their whimsical nature!
I spray painted one an antique white - fine, but still too stark for my taste. Not time worn looking enough.
Then, remembering what I had read, I filled a bucket with warm water and added a handful of table salt, stirring till it dissolved. I put the nest in and just ignored it for a few days. This is what it looked like at that point:
|after ... before|
And now to embellish a bit...some sprigs of fresh pussy willows - love 'em!
Some brown speckled eggs:
And, my favorite - ready as an element for a spring centerpiece, complete with little wooden handpainted and speckled eggs:
And (keeping a few for me!) also ready to list on Etsy....
Update: Featured in an Etsy treasury: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4d9244e58b638eef0ece1957/spring-is-in-the-air