[NAFEX] Making Berry Bead Bird Decoys
jfruth at tds.net
Sat Feb 28 10:14:54 EST 2009
James Elie asked, "Rather than try to re-invent the wheel, how did you
secure the beads to the wire in a natural looking manner?"
First I wrapped the wire around the berry but the birds weren't fooled.
It didn't work. Thereafter, I began with a tiny loop, the end of which was
bent perpendicular to it (the loop) and slipped the bead on. At the top of
the bead, I bent the wire into another perpendicular. Holding the wire and
bead with a channel-lock pliers, I bent the wire with another perpendicular
parallel to that portion of the wire that is inside the bead. This works
with dead-soft aluminum wire but anything stiffer poses serious problems.
I tried inserting glue into the bead hole but couldn't figure out how to
get the glue down the hole without messing up the berry. I tried putting a
gob of glue at the top of the bead to hold the wire but that failed too. I
tried just making the tiny bottom loop with no loop at the top but, when the
birds made off with the decoy, the wire sometimes fell out.
If you think of an improvement, I'd like to learn of it.
BTW, just putting one here and there in a tree doesn't work as well as
using lots (a dozen or more) in a small tree.
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