The bottom of this nest is done in a loose weave (like a net) to allow light to illuminate the bird from all sides. The hand-blown glass bird reflects the elements of nature: green trees, blue sky, and brown earth. When hung in a well-lit area, fine glitter within adds an opulent touch.
I placed leaves throughout the piece, even on the handmade chain. Each of them is hand formed and woven with translucent, color-coordinated seed beads, in varying sizes, creating a rich contrast of mixed textures. The larger leaves have complimenting beads wrapped onto their swirls, giving them a 3D effect.
Each petal of the garland is hand shaped and beaded. Many copper coils garnish the nest, creating a vine effect. A torch was applied to lengths of copper, making numerous balled headpins to which I added beads. I then wove the handcrafted headpins into the design.
I formed each length of the chain by using a thick gauge wire. I then placed the finished links into a tumbler, which adds strength.
A clear prism adds the finishing touch, dangling beneath the nest and accented with more beaded leaves and headpins.
This piece took a week and a half from start to finish. Original design made with love and dedication by Amanda’s Treasures.
I suggest my suncatchers are hung in a window, under an overhang or porch, as glass will eventually fade over time if continually exposed to the elements. The copper will age to a beautiful patina but will rust if consistently exposed to moisture.