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Henna tattoo birdhouse

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Project by SchotterWoodworking posted 1109 days ago 1834 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got started on this little cedar birdhouse a while ago and haven’t had any inspiration on how to finish it. I just had a bit of a rough day at the cabinet shop and decided to hit up the booze emporium for some hard cider and some Belgian wheat beer. There was a pair of young women there covered in the most intricate tattoos I had ever seen. I asked them about them and they called them Henna tattoos. They’re actually painted on the skin and not injected with a needle, which makes them as easy to remove as a good scrubbing. After some serious research I discovered this whole culture of henna enthusiasts. I was stunned at the level of detail and intricacy of these henna tattoos. I had to give this a try.

I did some hardware work, the chain and door hinge, then grabbed the wood burner. It is a good idea to try and avoid getting too close to the fumes as they are a bit acrid. a fan nearby, but not directly at you, will help a lot. I have a bit of an unsteady hand with the burner so I vised a narrow board in the bench vise to act as a kind of arm rest. I used every tip that came with my wood burner trying to find something that worked for every situation. I think it is best to switch out, with the help of some needle nose pliers, and be dynamic with the technique. No one style seemed to work for every burn. I think I’m going to leave this one raw and not finish it. Maybe some linseed oil, but I kinda like it as it is.

(Kinda looks like my birdhouse got a little wild on spring break!)





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tinnman65

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#1 posted 1108 days ago

Very cool bird house!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#2 posted 1103 days ago

neat!

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#3 posted 996 days ago

You are artistic the photos say it all – thanks for the tip. Now I know how hide my next mistake with a few well positioned tattoos.

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#4 posted 752 days ago

Nice creativity. This birdhouse is looking beautiful after the henna tattoo design over it.

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