I had to make a catch for the nest part of nest.
So I scrounged a piece of old metal stock I had.
I first drew it out a couple of times on paper and then I glued the paper down and cut the rough shape out.
Actually, before I started on the shape I first made the bottom part of the hinge and I soldered it to the top of the box.
This then actually gives the start point for the catch.
Then I filed the basic shape out.
I had to file the neck down thin enough so that there would be an amount of ‘spring’ in it for the catch to work.
Then I was going to set two stones into each side for the eyes.
After I had drilled the holes and put the first stone in for setting
‘Uh Oh’ --- this metal will definitely not set.
It was totally brittle.
Using a piece of “mystery metal” from your junk box is as dangerous as ordering a Russian bride from a Sears catalogue—you might get Putin’s sister.
No problem though.
I was certainly not going to throw a mornings of work away.
So I made a ball of silver and press fitted it into the already drilled hole and soldered it in on both sides of the head.
And then I set an emerald into either side.
Ol’ Woody Woodpecker being adjusted to hole the lid closed.
The catch works well.
Looks like a stylistic woodpecker too.