Snow Leopards
mini-kitty-cats!

Tigers are the popular (big) cat to do, but I love working with frits and powders, so I made these little (25mm or less) hollow leopard heads. I photographed these beads 9jun2010, so they were probably made shortly before then.

glass kitty.

Like all of my cat heads, they're originally based on Joy Cichewicz's tiger heads, which she makes by casing an ivory bead with ivory and black twistie, and then casing in amber (SOP for making ‘tiger’ beads). However I've messed with the formula a good deal to achieve my own look, though I'm still using the colored transparent to build the nose. The muzzle is Loren Stump's method of laying down black, then three dots for each of the cheek pads and chin and letting them flow together to make the black chops. One change I've made to Joy's design is to case the ivory parts of the muzzle in clear to make it flow better into the rest of the bead, which Joy does not, as she prefers to have a sharp, graphic distinction.

The scum and bubbles (especially evident in the ears) from working too hot or using crummy glass are all my own, however.

3/4 view.

I used fine blue goldstone frit and a special coarse white enamel my friend Cindi B gave me to represent snow or clouded leopard fur.

almost profile

Unfortunately, Cindi wasn't precisely certain where she got this wonderful enamel—she told me the name of a teacher, but the woman had no memory of it.[1]

Obviously I liked this one a lot:)

I contacted Fusion products, who are still waiting on me to send them a sample of this stuff, to see if they can duplicate it. But they had no records of anything this size either, and it's a very strong, opaque—not at all fritted 204, which is translucent at that size.

I'm pretty lazy about signing my beads, but occasionally, I do, particularly if they have an obvious ‘underside’ as these do (and I'm really happy with the way they come out, of course.)

Side view, golden eyed version.

Side view of a golden eyed snow leopard. This bead is not quite as good, and I got tired of loading images...really it's pretty similar.

14apr2018 —added caption to last photo, as its lack was borking the page indexing.

20180413

2nd in a series of 2018 April dead mice featuring birdie focals. 13apr2018

 
20180412

1st in a series of 2 bird themed dead mice I made in April. 12apr2018

 
20180426

lamp pull with speckled cat head. 26apr2018

 
20180217

light pull with animal head 17feb2018

 
20180420

super long aquatic dead mouse featuring nautilus shell bead 20apr2018

 
20171106

Eileen Miotke requested her synergy pix from 2012. 06nov2017

 
20160530

Dogwood necklace in lampwork & leather cord. 30may2016

 
20160128

mini-beadcurtain strand has a somewhat insectile appearance. 28jan2016

 
20160127

Third in a series of mini beadcurtain strands. 27jan2016

 
20151026

Summary of my experiences with Joy Munshower's Surf'n'Turf class 26oct2015

 
20150821

dead mouse featuring a blue cat head. 21aug2015

 
20150321

Sculptural (non bead) bird. Like, a mini-paperweight. 21mar2015

 
20180410

Last of the spacerbar bracelets. Completed 29jul13, 10apr2018

 
20140417

Collects the beady sculptural pages. (This is where all the birdie bead links went, btw...) 17apr2014

 
20140409

I use a birdie as the focal in this blue, green, and white multi-strand necklace. Add: cfs to purple/yellow/white; nocrimp finish 09apr2014

 
20131118

2 views of pink parrot themed dead mouse.

 
20131115

The December bead challenge has a palette of red, green, white, black and/or grey. Metal color: silver. Bribe: cardinal birdies. New technique: building on wire. 15nov2013

 
20130415

Robin, symbol of spring 15apr2013

 
20140404

Frances Ross' instructions for glass bead bunny rabbits. 04apr2014

 
20130318

Pink bird with silver leaf: a custom order 18mar2013

 
20130317

St Patty's Day Parrots. AKA, the march bead challenge. 17mar2013

 
20130222

Made what was supposed to be an all-purple bird, with something of a parrot like beak 22feb2013

 
20130221

A purple, green and gold birdie made as a hostess gift for a New Orleans themed Fat Tuesday party. 21feb2013

 
20130216

I make a bunch of heart-breasted beads to satisfy a Valentine's challenge and practice sculptural beadmaking. 16feb2013

 
20151023

In which I attempt a Margaret Zinser style glass-painted scarab beetle. 23oct2015

 
20100608

I'm featuring a bunch of kitty cats and one horsie for B&B. 08jun2010

 
20100213

In which I discover why casing ivory with effetre 068 transparent pink is not A Good Idea . Originally posted 13feb10. 13feb2010

 
20100127

In which I dig out the acid etch to good effect . Originally posted 27jan10. 27jan2010

 
20100106

Scaramouche or Severus Snape, this fella with the lank black hair and big nose has provided me with hours of beadmaking amusement. Originally posted 06jan10. 06jan2010

 
20091204

Wendy Zollars and I participated in a collaboration as part of the joint GLBG/GlassAct challange, exhibited at the Lawrence Street Gallery in November of 2009. Originally posted 04dec09. 04dec2009

 
20100112

One of a series of `magnificent' tigers that went off to China. Originally posted 12jan10. 12jan2010

 
20090506

Sculptural abstract pink bead vaguely reminiscent of a sea creature. 06may2009

 
20090413

So, Easter morning, cuz I'm so good at planning ahead, I made the f2 generation some easter-themed gifts from these bunny beads . Originally posted 13apr09 13apr2009

 
20090409

I got inspired to try tigerheads again, and was actually not too ashamed of this one. Originally posted 09apr09. 09apr2009

 
20070330

Originally posted 30mar07. Collection of posts of my weird sculptural heads. 30mar2007

 
20070315

second in a series of sculptural head beads for 2007, which is perhaps the third time I've returned to this theme. Originally posted 16mar07 15mar2007

 
20070314

Third set in a 2007 series of sculptural head beads . Originally posted 14mar07 14mar2007

 

[1]Actually, I'm inclined to believe Cindi was correct, as her memory, like so many people who are not obsessive list makers, tends to be very good—whereas a teacher, teaching hundreds of classes over the years, could easily forget a long ago material.