I just realized that I am doing another post on Owls! First it’s Porch Owls and Now Dremel Desk Owls! That’s a Hoot! We are having Owl Week here at Chaotically Creative.
Years ago I had another brand (not mentioning names) of this type of tool. Okay, so I “called” it a Dremel, but it wasn’t really a Dremel. I didn’t realize that it REALLY wasn’t a Dremel until I tried this one. In other words, there is nothing like the real thing baby! Dremel offers a full line of versatile tool systems that provide the perfect solution for almost any craft, hobby or DIY project. I am just so excited!
Wait! This is NOT what I made with the Dremel. This is my inspiration. My Brilliant Idea. I found this little guy at a Thrift Store and I have been enjoying him on my desk. It appears to be a souvenir type piece. You know, something you might have bought at Tweetsie Railroad or the Great Smoky Mountains gift store. He just looks like a Dremel project to me.
What follows is my attempt to make a version of this. Prepare yourself, I am definitely no Dremel expert and I am considering this practice for greater things to come. I am remaining calm and pretending that I am doing a craft like at a workshop or maybe at a rehab facility. Did I just say that? Is there a rehab place for DIYers? There should be!
So first things first. I wiggled the little owl shapes out and traced them onto a piece of very thin wood.
Then I began to cut the shape out. I don’t have a scroll saw and a jig saw would be over kill (as in fingers cut off) so let’s see if I can some how cut out a shape with this Dremel. I actually purchased the little saw attachment shown above and used it in combination with others to cut out the shape.
I have to say that I really enjoyed sitting down and working on this little project. I mean after stenciling an entire room with giant feathers, this was a welcome change.
Now, the shapes were not perfect, but if you follow this blog, you know that we are not about perfection, in fact I prefer the quirky, beat up, unique look.
I was able to use the sanding wheel to smooth out the rough edges and give the shapes a “carved out” look.
I have to say that this Dremel, the Micro 8050 is the most “brilliantly powerful” and precise cordless rotary tool that Dremel has ever produced. I am so impressed!
For the base, I re-purposed a piece of the old tongue and groove porch floor saved from repairing the front porch. (I have stacks of it in the basement) I don’t own a router and this seemed like a good way to go. I carved out some little slots for the owls to sit in.
Now let me just say that this tool is awesome. It was when I was doing this, that I realized the speed could be adjusted. When I turned up the speed, these little slots were done in a jiffy! It is so easy to handle and control. Did you notice it has a light too?
It is light and easy to handle in tight spaces, the Dremel® Micro™8050 is packed with features that have crafters, hobbyists and DIYers in mind: soft grip, LED front-end lighting to illuminate projects, a docking station that continually charges, and an 8V Max Lithium-ion battery. I really appreciated the docking station.
I made the very wise observation that the Owl eyes on my inspiration piece was a little above my skill set. So I rummaged through my collection of fasteners, nuts, bolts and found the perfect set of owl eyes and a little metal window triangle thing for the nose. Now for some finishing touches. Here goes some elementary Dremel Craving attempts…
Now for my favorite part, distressing! I love to rough things up a bit. It hides the flaws and adds dimension and interest and now I have a new tool to do it with! The sanding disc is an awesome distress-er!
Take a look at these cutie pies looking back at you!
It is so nice to have cute little faces to look at when you work, especially those from a Brilliant idea created by you and a Dremel.
You can purchase the Micro 8050 online at Amazon.com and HomeDepot.com for $89 USD. For more information on Dremel products, project ideas and problem-solving tips, visit www.dremel.com.
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