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~Gothic Bird Cage~

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This is a variation on the project Birdcage Abode from last March. The cage I am using for this project is an old one with a cast iron stand that I found at an antique store. While it didn’t appear in very good condition, the problems that the cage and stand had were mostly visual. With some minor repair and painting, I knew that this would be a great cage for a doll display.

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The birdcage: I just needed to re-attach some of the metal bars and repaint it, and the cage would be ready to use.
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The stand: (This is its base) The stand was a bit chipped and rusty.

In order to re-finish the cage and stand, I used the a spray to cover their surface even if if there was a bit of rust showing. I also found a primer which works on plastic surfaces. That allowed me to paint the hard plastic cage base another color.

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Base of the cage being sprayed with primer

After priming the base, I painted it black.  I decided to add a wooden circle that fit within the cage to make a raised floor.  I painted a wobbly checkerboard pattern in cream and black acrylic paint.  I then mixed some umber-tinted clear glaze and rubbed it on the surface and wiped away the excess to give the disc an aged look.

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Next I made a cage curtain. It is made similar to the the cage cover from the previous project, but this one was made to work as a frame and background. I hemmed a piece of grey pinstripe velveteen with a solid black backing. On the bottom hem, I sewed vintage sequin trim. Accross the top I sewed a casing and threaded black and white grosgrain ribbon through it and tied a bow.

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After I placed the curtain over the cage, I gathered about 5 inches with a basting stitch on each side and partially pulled back the curtain. I knotted the thread.

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Here is the cage completely painted with the curtain in place. I took some artificial roses, and after removing the flowers, I lightly sprayed the leaves and stems with flat black paint. Then I replaced the flowers and added the arrangement to decorate the top.

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More roses were added at the gathered material at the sides. Here is the cage hanging in the stand. Two dolls and an ornate chair has been added inside.

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The dolls in the cage are CircusKane Humpty Dumpty and Charm City Doll Aster.

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Humpty Dumpty and Aster in their cage home

Humpty Dumpty is wearing a handmade pleather corset and stretch velvet shorts. She has a rose and tulle band in her hair.  The face-up is pink and grey. The one eye is red glass, and the other is a Ringdoll “electronic” light-up eye.

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Aster is dressed as a hairy little imp pet for Humpty.

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