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culpepper



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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Location: Kent
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 05 12:09 pm    Post subject: Bird Scarers  Reply with quote    

These were made from a link to a gardening projects site on here
http://www.powen.freeserve.co.uk/
Anyway here are 2 attempts at the bottle bird scarer

Bert the Kestrel

Hooty the barn owl

Bugs



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 10743

PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 05 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Crikey Culpepper those are impressive! Have you noticed any difference yet? I could imagine the first one would be especially effective with the glinting eyes (says she who was making the chickens cluck the other day by waving a photo of a Jack Russell at them )

I shouldn't be surprised if you could sell those although they must take you ages.

Lozzie



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 05 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bugs wrote:

I shouldn't be surprised if you could sell those although they must take you ages.


I would certainly pay money for those. But they look too fine to go on my shabby lotty

hardworkinghippy



Joined: 01 Jan 2005
Posts: 1110
Location: Bourrou South West France
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 05 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Culpepper, they are really lovely - the eyes are very well done!

We're having a big problem with boar and badgers eating our maize at the moment, so we went up yesterday to make a "scarecrow". (not as artistic as yours, but if it works... )

Here's Fabrice fiddling with the batteries for our lad's pocket radio...



HWH

dougal



Joined: 15 Jan 2005
Posts: 7184
Location: South Kent
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 05 2:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Bird Scarers Reply with quote    

culpepper wrote:
These were made from a link to a gardening projects site on here
http://www.powen.freeserve.co.uk/
Anyway here are 2 attempts at the bottle bird scarer...


Brilliant painting!

Are they working?

culpepper



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 638
Location: Kent
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 05 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bugs wrote:
Crikey Culpepper those are impressive! Have you noticed any difference yet?


Thanks!
Funnily enough I havent seen a bird land on the veg patch in days
Not sure if bert is as frightening as hooty though as he is a cola bottle and about 8" high,where as hooty is much bigger and on a taller pole .
I tried using a square vegetable oil bottle but the 'wings' being corrugated ,would keep buckling up and stopping it from spinning.Shame because I was going to do a snowy owl if it worked.

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 22789
Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 05 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Really impressive, Culpepper. I love them.

Gertie



Joined: 08 Jan 2005
Posts: 1638
Location: Yorkshire
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 05 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wow, culpepper, not only functional but oooh sooo cute - love their names, too.

Well impressed, I want one!

Gertie



Joined: 08 Jan 2005
Posts: 1638
Location: Yorkshire
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 05 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi To HWH, too!

Good piccie!

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 05 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They are fantastic, how long did they take to make? If I was being a little critical I think the wings need a little work (or not used at all) but I think you could sell them.

dougal



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 05 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
If I was being a little critical I think the wings need a little work (or not used at all)


Errrr, then how would they spin on their sticks in the wind?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 05 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dougal wrote:
Treacodactyl wrote:
If I was being a little critical I think the wings need a little work (or not used at all)


Errrr, then how would they spin on their sticks in the wind?


You should know by know marketing has nothing to do with the fact the product works. I was just going on looks alone.

culpepper



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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Location: Kent
PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 05 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think they take about 2 hours to paint.
I could staple some more plastic to the 'wings' (margarine tub or something like that).
At present they are the same on both sides.That is to say there is no back view as whichever direction you look at them from,they are looking back,2 sides for the little one which has 2 flaps and 3 sides for the larger which has 3 flaps.
I thought I would give them a while and see how weather proof the painting turns out to be as it is acrylic which 'should ' be water proof.
I wouldnt mind selling a few if they are truly weatherproof.
Unfortunately,Im not very good at marketing myself.When I was at work ,one of my collegues sold his protrait drawings to help pay his rent and I know my art is as good as his was but Im such a coward when it comes to selling

Gertie



Joined: 08 Jan 2005
Posts: 1638
Location: Yorkshire
PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 05 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Go on, culpepper, be brave - shy bairns get nowt (in other words if you do not ask you do not get - I had to explain this one to my hubby)!!

culpepper



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 638
Location: Kent
PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 05 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

thanks Gertie
If they prove weather proof I think I'll try to sell some through ebay.At least then I'll know if there is any demand.

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