I have an old weathervane that was removed from the Cottage the last time we had it roofed. (Check on the updates to Mr. Jay here and here.) Over the years it has faded from red to pink so I decided to repaint it as a blue jay here.
First I washed it very well with bathroom cleaner and a toothbrush and put it out in the cool morning air to dry.
Then I forgot to rough it up with some sand paper but sprayed it all over with self-etching metal primer anyway.
I had already traced it out on paper to work out the design of the blue jay which I wanted to be very basic since details would be viewed from a distance.
Then I traced the markings onto the vane and sprayed the areas that were to remain white first.
I stuck painter’s tape onto both sides of a piece of wax paper then traced onto the tape just the white parts and cut out the designs.
Then I stuck the tape front and back to the bird.
With the painter’s tape in place I sprayed the rest of the bird blue then removed the tape.
Finally I added black details with paint marker.
Voila! Only thing left is to mount Mr. Jay on Glade Cottage.
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