One of the ways was quite simple; just like toddlers, cockatiels don't like the pitch dark and many people recommended putting a nightlight by the bird cage.
Oddly enough (well maybe not that odd. Ok, yes, probably odd) I went through this nightlight making period about 5 or 7 years ago. To make a long story short, it all started with these cool lampshades I saw in a store close to my house. As is usually the case, when I said I really liked them, Jeff commented about how easy they would be to make. I believed him, but knowing my limitations as an artist, I figured I'd start small and try the technique with nightlights.
Anyway, these are relatively easy to make and inexpensive. Even better, someone a little more arty than me could make a really nice one.
So, because Ed and Olive need a night light, and I still have some supplies left from my nightlight making phase, I'll detail how to make one and maybe someone out there will take the idea and run!
You will need the following supplies:
- Clear drying glue
- Tissue paper
- Aluminum Wire
- Aero Gloss (aka dope)
- Cheap night light I picked mine up at the Dollar Tree.
- Spray bottle
- Small paint brush
To begin with, if you're starting with a cheap nightlight like this, remove the plastic cover and throw it away.
I used clothes pins to help hold the tissue paper in place while the glue dries.
Unlike the picture, it's best to pull the tissue paper as tight as possible this will give your nightlight fewer wrinkles.
Now, using a spray bottle, gently spray the tissue paper with water. This makes the tissue paper shrink and tighten even more.
After the paper is completely dry, use the dope and paint brush and gently brush it all over the tissue paper, front and back. You'll want at least two coats of dope on the tissue paper.
After the first coat of dope is dry, I apply a second coat. Once dry, the dope makes the tissue paper stiff.
It only takes about 15 minutes for the dope to dry. Also, you'll want to make sure you use it in a well ventilated area as it has a powerful smell.
Here's hoping this helps ward off the night frights for Ed and Olive!