The tiger head shown was an early contender for a focal, but it was too round to hang correctly. Note also bugle based leaves. These too were discarded with time.
This piece was exhibited November 6-24 at the Lawrence Street Gallery, 22620 Woodward Ave. Suite A, Ferndale MI 48220. Opening night reception and awards were on November 13th, and the Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild and the SE Michigan Glass Beadmakers Guild are co-sponsors of the exhibit.
Wendy & I participated in Collaboration, an exhibit featuring works jointly made by beadworkers—in our case, a beadweaver and lampworker. I pulled an assortment of beads, Wendy and I discussed colors (we both like bronzy green) and she built this stunning piece.
This piece has multiple focals, that can be quickly and easily swapped out: there is a hidden lobster claw in the body of the piece to which gallery wrapped lampwork beads may be easily attached.
Ms. Zollars used a surprisingly disciplined (i.e. limited) assortment of beads, including 4mm 5301 swarovski crystal, some czech pressed leaves and flowers, delicas, 13/0s, 11/0s, 9/0s and (i think) 6/0s.
Closeup, showing one of Wendy's wonderful peyoted flowers with a mini-hollow center. Glass beads are about 7 or 8mm hole to hole.
The weight of the piece is supported on 21stranded cable. Ms. Zollars assembled the leaves and floral components separately, and then attached them.
file created 15oct09, intro (rewritten), and minor additions/corrections to main piece, 04dec09.
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