2020 For the Birds Ornament / Magnet


Some people have told us that the year 2020 is for the birds and we could not agree more! In fact, we think that this year was the year of the brine shrimp (B.S.) and the birds and Great Salt Lake. Memorialize this unique year and our unique lake with a "2020 for the Birds." ornament or magnet made of salt-rusted steel with a commemorative tag made of aluminum or copper (you can personalize with different text if you would rather).

The salty sirens are scientists, when they study Great Salt Lake they often find rusty metal at their field sites. Salt can catalyze the redox reaction of the rusting process and we wondered what this chemical reaction would look like if brine shrimp were made of metal. American avocets are one of the 338 species of birds that relies on Great Salt Lake for breeding, migration and even overwintering. They have a graceful upturned bill and brilliant blue legs.

These steel salt-rusted avocets were created by local Salt Lake City, Utah artists at Bowerbird Art Studio (www.bowerbirdart.com). The salt-rust and metal tags were created by the kid of one of the sirens. These ornaments are ready to adorn your surroundings and remind you of avocets and Great Salt Lake. They are 6 inches tall and 5 inches wide. If you want to do your own redox reaction or prefer non-rusty avocets we can send you a bird that is not rusted. To rust, simply mix 16oz of hydrogen peroxide, 2oz of white vinegar and 1/2 tablespoon of salt and spray or drip on the shrimp. Just put it in the notes that you will do your own rusting process! These avocets are ready to be a hanging ornament for your window or can be used as an attractive magnet.

Please note that the rusting process may not be uniform.

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