Seeing polymer birds

Cynthia Toops combines large lentil beads covered in millefiori cane slices with small insets of micromosaic bird motifs for this new necklace called Seeing Birds.

The birds are all native to Washington state and the piece is featured in the Of a Feather show at the White River Valley Museum located between Tacoma and Seattle. Read more about the exhibition here.

I wish we had a higher resolution photo so you could dive in for a closer look at her magical images made from super fine threads of polymer.

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For a better example, zoom in on this brooch that Cynthia made for last fall’s Tilling Time/Telling Time show at Facere Gallery. Keep in mind that the brooch is only 1 1/2 inches square! Silver bezel is by Chuck Domitrovich.

  • reply Ronna ,

    Ooooh. Thank you. Cynthia Toops’s art consistently leaves me breathless.

    • reply Sherry Bailey ,

      I WANNNNNT that necklace!! (I own a fabulous brooch of Cynthia’s from a conference auction, but I am afraid to wear it for fear of losing it!)

      • reply Fiona Abel-Smith ,

        Wonderful, the detail is amazing, would love to be able to see it in person, as I don’t imagine that the photos do it full justice.

        • reply Klavdija ,


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