Gemstone Butterflies in the Making
This week has been full of butterflies and dragonflies in my studio. There are two new suncatcher designs hot off the work bench with very different colour palettes and levels of detail. The muted design with pastels pinks, soft whites and browns was inspired by the British species of butterfly called the Wood White. I've filled out the hoop frame with flower petals dotted with Czech glass bead and a large swirling spiral adorned with pink coral, agate, rose quartz and Czech glass beads.
The orange and green design is inspired by the Hawker species of dragonfly and the fritillary species of butterfly, both with gorgeous orange and rusty hues. I chose a minimal styling for this piece, allowing the contrasting gemstone colours to take centre stage. Mother nature provides the most beautiful colour varieties and combinations. Her swatches are hard to resist!
Here are a couple of work in progress videos showing the raw copper designs as they take shape.
For fellow wild life lovers and fans of these magical winged creatures, here are my favourite designs: