This is a brooch that I made with Dan Adams-- the husband of Cynthia Toops, the woman I often collaborate with. He is a lampworker and makes amazing glass beads. This piece was for a glass and metal show at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, a show which also featured a different version of the snowflake necklace that I have here in my account (that one had blue glass elements and sold during the show).
The approach for this piece was the opposite of working with Cynthia. With Cynthia, I do the initial work, creating a bezel that I turn over to her. She often has only a vague idea of what I am going to give her. Sometimes I will give her something that truly stumps her-- she will say, "What am I supposed to do with this?" and she will have to figure that out before doing her part of the piece. With Dan, I was in her position. He gave me the glass pieces and I was put in the position of finding a way to use them.
This was the first piece that we created for that show. It is based on the heavy, layered cloth armor that the samurai warriors wore. It is made from sterling silver, 14k gold, and glass. Each of the scales is individually made and moves on the underlying framework independently of one another.
This piece measures 3 7/8" long x 1 1/2" wide.