Tree making: take a roll of 9 gauge steel. Cut it up in lengths according to the size of tree you want. Then it's wire wrangling time . Cover it with tissue paper. Make the ends poke proof. Spray paint.
It's a very bouncy tree, the wires/ limbs flex in an interesting way. I'm contemplating putting leaves on.
I started doing a series of birds after Christmas, inspired by ball shaped ornaments, where I start from a tennis ball size wool ball and then make a simple version of a specific species, going for the characteristic colors and markings.
The moths and butterflies are from last year and made as barrettes:
February 2014 in the East Bay
It's a funny thing, making feathers of fur. I like how the warmth and lightness of wool actually can feel like a live bird in your hands.
boobie bird, Galapagos
Kiwi - New Zeeland's special bird. Nocturnal, with a good sense of smell!
Red shouldered blackbird
Skata / Magpie
Duck and seagull
Kolibri / Hummingbird (minisize 4 cm not counting beak)
You want to see how a humming bird tongue works? It is not what you think: