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Case for the Bird

January 23, 2015




The bird light is slowly taking form. Yesterday I spent a bit of time with power tools and scrap pieces of lumber. The case is now 8″x 8″x 5.5″. It might become a bit narrower since there is a split that formed on one of the sides. I’ll need to do a bit more tweaking to give more reveal for the paper by using an angle cut or something similar. We shall see. By the end of today it should be pinned, clamped and glued together. Hopefully a bit of sanding to follow.

Which paper is the best choice for light diffusion?  After auditioning several types, mulberry was the winner. I’m still figuring out what color the front bird should be.

This piece will be heading to the 8″x 8″ show in Brownsville at the end of January.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2015 12:43 pm

    It’s going to be fantastic

  2. January 23, 2015 1:57 pm

    Looking good so far, great to see you back in the studio creating. Karen

    • paperstew permalink*
      January 23, 2015 3:04 pm

      Thanks Karen. It’s good to be focusing on something positive in between the chaos.

  3. ebusey permalink
    January 23, 2015 4:40 pm

    I’m intrigued by you use of back lighting. I have been wanting to try this. What has your experience been with fading (if any.) Thanks, Elizabeth

    • paperstew permalink*
      January 23, 2015 5:30 pm

      It’s almost impossible to prevent fading over time. I suggest that people who purchase any of my lamps to keep them away from direct sunlight to keep the color. It will be a little different from the other lamps due to the use of an LED light. I’ve previously used compact fluorescent lights.
      Since the main emphasis is on the bird silhouette, I’m not too worried about color loss. The paper density won’t be changing much over time.
      Thanks for the question!

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