kingfisher project, Kelvinbridge, Glasgow, 2006
Step 1: THE DO-IT-YOURSELF GUIDE TO URBAN WILDLIFE HABITAT REGENERATION
or, how to make a kingfisher from discarded IRN BRU cans
Step 2: Foraging
Habituation to this task may engender a heightened awareness and sensitivity to one's surroundings. The eye becomes highly tuned to a specific configuration of colour and texture, constantly scanning the fabric of the urban environment; one might imagine this arrangement to resemble the singular and intimate relationship of predator to prey.
Step 3: Method of Collection
Method of collection and transportation of empty cans.
Research suggests a normal collection rate of approximately one can every five minutes in areas of high commercial and recreational activity.
Step 4: Tools
a. Tin cutters
b. Scalpel (with spare blades)
c. Embroidery Scissors
d. Flat-nosed pliers
e. Measuring tape
Good quality second-hand tools can often be found at markets and large independent hardware shops.
Curve-nosed tin cutters and a pair of dividers may also be of use.
Step 5: Torso (template)
slits can be made with the scalpel; it is best to cut them only as and when you are ready to insert a tab.
Order of construction: torso (major seams), chest and shoulders, head, lower body, wings, tail, feet.
Key: cut out: _
Step 6: Can
use scalpel to remove top, then cutters, down through surplus area and around base. Trim edges.
Step 7: Joining Major Seams
a. begin with the double row of slits; insert tabs in outer row of slits, from beneath.
b. bend tabs round and down. Insert all tabs; some of them can be bent back underneath to help hold the rest in place while you work.
c. edge seam tightly together.
d. fold back all tabs underneath and clamp tight.
- use metal handle of tin cutters to press seam flat against hard worksurface.
Step 8: Crimp
- you can change the depth and breadth of the curve by adjusting the length and width of the crimp.
- longer, narrower crimps can be acheived by extending the creases with your fingernail.
- less accessable crimps can be flattened by reaching into the hollow body with the handle of the tin cutters and pressing out against a hard worksurface.
Step 9: Head
Step 10: Wings and Tail
a. crimp outer edge tightly to give form to the wing. Wing-tip can be feathered.
b. & c. tail sections should bend to fit the curvature of the lower back and abdomen.
Step 11: Feet
wires can be used to attach the bird to a riverside branch or alternative perch.
-tabs can be folded back with the help of a scalpel blade inserted into the slit.
Step 12: PDF
Downloadable .pdf version - please print some out and distribute them at the local bookshop, squat cafe, pub, library, social centre or infoshop...
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