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Old 10-15-2017, 03:41 PM
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Making a Feet Print Keepsake

Dear SuperMods, I hope I may post this in the Rb Scrapbook and here as well, please

I've tried this a number of times over the years, but always with something going wrong... wrong paper or wrong liquid or wrong method or wrong bird (!!!!????). But I learned from each failure.

This time, I got some frozen blackberry juice concentrate (no additives, melted and undiluted), put it in a shallow pan which he bathes in sometimes, just enough to coat the bottom completely), took some beautiful very thick artisan-made organic paper sheets (taped them down around the pan), sequestered the Rb and myself in the bathrom, tossed a few green chile SEEDS (his favorite part) into the concentrate, and then eased him down into the pan.

It worked!

I think the keys to success included:
*using a small, quiet space that's easy to clean
*taping down an absorbent, thick paper (won't be scattered by flapping/scrambling)
*using a shallow layer of juice concentrate (enough to coat the bottom of the foot but not soak the whole footsies)
*familiarizing the bird with the pan/platter/whatever
*figuring a way to entice/ease the bird into the juice
*having a glass of wine first

In the end, I got some useable prints. A quick trip to Imgur, and... at last... a dated, precious frameable keepsake!
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Old 10-15-2017, 07:18 PM
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Re: Making a Feet Print Keepsake

Lovely keepsake Gail I am imagining you trying to "dip" the RB in ink now and I can't stop laughing for some reason....
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:36 PM
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Re: Making a Feet Print Keepsake

I did not witness the proceedings, but I did hear them, amplified by the estimable echo acoustics of the small wall-floor tiled guest bathroom. Goodness gracious. What an auditory treat. Trick or treat, indeed, apropos of the month and holiday. I have offered email copies to all friends and family who might treasure such a lovely memento of our dear Rickeybird. So far, no takers. I'm sure they're just moved beyond words at the offer.
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Old 10-16-2017, 11:14 AM
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Re: Making a Feet Print Keepsake

I'll remember this! I've been thinking about Keepsakes and I'd love to get Pazu's footprints tattooed on my shoulder. I hadn't figured out a good way to do it yet so thank you very much!
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Re: Making a Feet Print Keepsake

Rival, you can always make me laugh. No takers, indeed.
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Old 10-16-2017, 11:46 AM
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Re: Making a Feet Print Keepsake

Zephyr, DO try it. I think the key is to prepare and even practice, maybe just with water... so that Pazu will be used to what's going on and won't flap or be afraid or run. I think that's what finally made it work for us.
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Re: Making a Feet Print Keepsake

Quote: Originally Posted by GaleriaGila View Post
Zephyr, DO try it. I think the key is to prepare and even practice, maybe just with water... so that Pazu will be used to what's going on and won't flap or be afraid or run. I think that's what finally made it work for us.
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Re: Making a Feet Print Keepsake

This is a fantastic idea!!! Thank you for coming up with such a unique way to do it!
Just need the wine and I am set.
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Re: Making a Feet Print Keepsake

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This is a fantastic idea!!! Thank you for coming up with such a unique way to do it!
Just need the wine and I am set.
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Zephyr, DO try it. I think the key is to prepare and even practice, maybe just with water... so that Pazu will be used to what's going on and won't flap or be afraid or run. I think that's what finally made it work for us.

I am to the belief that the Wine is the Connection in the successful of this Claw Printing event!

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Old 10-17-2017, 02:36 PM
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Re: Making a Feet Print Keepsake

Kiwi... the first few tries were NOT pretty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rival... I'm going to drug you into a stupor and pay a tatoo artist to come to the house and tatoo "Hater" on your forehead.

Zephyr, it may take some tries (and maybe some years) but I hope you'll share it when you get it!

Mr. Wrench! Don't encourage him!

Terry. Yes, the wine. Very important. I recommend before and after. Maybe during.

Mr. Boat... oh, yes, the wine is critical. As for the Rival, he is still laughing at his own humor. I find this goes on for day or two after a 'successful' snip
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