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Alvin Space Heater Double Fly-Through Bird Feeder

I LOVE running across these old little space heaters.  I've only had the chance to do one other Alvin brand space heater.  They have great structures.

I decided to make this one function with a feeding platform on both sides and also inside.  Each platform has small holes for rainwater to drain.

I cut a vintage silverplate tray in half to make each platform and used some brass handles from an old casserole tray.  Copper wire supports the platforms that are soldered on.  I then cut in half a small brass tray to serve as awnings on both sides.  Another silverplate bowl was cut up in segments for the adornment on top of the awnings.

 I added some metal came (stained glass supplies) on the edges of the cutouts/openings to jazz it up a bit.  I stamped the word "FLY" onto copper metal pieces and soldered them to both sides.  Vintage silverplate spoon parts sit above those.

I cut away the bottom sides of the center housing so that tossed seed could fall out and not get stuck in the corners and get old.  I foresee this being a popular destination for birds in the prospective owner's yard!

This repurposed item, along with my other creations, is available in the GadgetSponge Etsy Shop and at Timeline Antiques in Shreveport, LA!

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Reader Comments (2)

Your birdhouses are spectacular! filling my head full of ideas...now if only I had the ambition!
Great job !!!

August 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Wallace

Thanks so much Nancy for stopping by! Just find some great junk and see what goes together the best!

August 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergadgetsponge

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