Rehydrated rose petals are beautiful but very difficult to use as a covering for the bird armatures.
Bird armature contemplating potential rose covering
Hornet Nest Bird
The "paper" from a hornet nest is naturally waterproof, so this material has to be coaxed into adhering to the armature. The colors of the various wood pulps that the insects chewed up to make their nests is visible in the variegated stripes of the material. I think it is absolutely gorgeous.
Yellow Rose Rooster
The pink edges of the yellow rose petals enhance the feather-like effect on this bird.
Songbirds (commission) - Pair made with the cover (left) and music (right) of a favorite piece of piano music (2017)
Bean bird (commission) - Reproduction of photo on rice paper to produce surface pattern (2017)