Crow Keyguard

Introduction: Crow Keyguard

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Step 1: The Stuff You Will Need

What you will need to get this party started:
(1) old radio
(1) black crow
(1) crow perch
(1) hot glue gun with glue
(1) can of cooper or brass colored spray paint
(1) pair of plyers
(1) pair of wire cutters
(1) hammer
(1) old key
(1) small magnifying glass (optional)
(1) black and white photo of your mum (optional)

Step 2: Spray Paint the Perch

Step 3: Decide How You Want Your Crow to Look

I bought a foam crow from the $ store. The great advantage to this was some of the gears are heavy and  I was able to punch into the foam and secure.

Step 4: Time to Glue!

Now that you have the general config firm it up with glue, I suggest to use a hot glue gun. Hot glue is great because if you don't like how something looks or it is top heavy (in my case) you can ball up the glue (wait till it cools) and remove it to start over.

Step 5: Optional

I found and old pic of my mum and a magnifying glass I bought at Harbor Freight. This made the crow more sentimental for me and brought an old picture back to life

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    Hold on a sec . . .
    You mention buying "(1) black crow" almost in passing.
    I have never seen black crows like that on sale anywhere - Why does the $ shop stock them and what do people use them for?  Is this a particularly American phenomenon?  Is a black crow a necessity in every household?
    (Bearing in mind I'm in the UK where we do not have have any special affinity for black crows #;¬)

    Seriously, I really like the quirky nature of this and can imagine coming upon it unexpectedly, lurking in the shrubbery.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    In the US, black crows are available in craft stores like Michael's or Hobby Lobby. They are used in floral arrangements & door wreaths (Halloween). I buy a supply right after Halloween when they go sale and use them in assemblage art work. (A crow, or any bird sitting on the corner of an assemblage piece adds a small surprise element. I love a crow sitting on a (human) figure watching what's going on.

    If you don't have access to those hobby/craft stores, I'm sure Etsy has some available ( on-line.

    Happy day to you.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Ah, yes the black crow phenomenon. I think it really comes from Edgar Allen Poe. I know, it was a raven but same dif, he had one lurking at UVA in his dorm room (granted some kitsch-riddled dean put it there as a prop for suckers like me, who happen to stumble past it in awe). It is close to goblins and ghoul season here so these little frights have landed. You might have to order online but probably, but the cool thing is you can go even bigger. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing?