Step 1: What You'll Need
Adhesive black plastic foil
Adhesive transparent plastic foil
You can draw the Bird or you can print a picture you have or found.
You can use any adhesive foil - the color does not matter - I most of the time use black for nice contrast. If you can find transparent foil that is not too adhesive, take it. We use it as a carrier film for the finished bird and it helps if it does not stick too much.
Step 3: Tape foil to mat, add Bird on top
Crop the Bird to what you need and put it on top.
Tape the Bird to the mat too.
Tape it on every edge at least. When cutting out the Bird you will turn the mat a couple of times and the better it is fixed, the easier the cutting will be.
Step 4: Cut the Bird!
Also make sure you don't forget to cut any edge that makes out the Bird!
Step 5: Remove Bird and correct errors
Step 6: Skin the Bird
Step 7: Wrap the Bird.
Step 8: Reinforce the back of the Bird
Step 9: Free the Bird!
Find a spot where you wanna set the Bird free, do it (now you see how the carrier film can be handy), take a pic of it and put it in our Flickr pool! You're an artist now.
There are many other ways we use to make Birds including lots of computer work and robots to cut them out (the big ones) but this is the basic process. Every bird you see on windowzoo was born like that. Sometimes from a drawing, sometimes from a picture taken, sometimes from a picture found on the net...
Sometimes you will also have to go back to where you set the Bird free and take another picture - dayshot/nightshot/actionshot...
can't fake freedom