I wanted to make a series of feathers not only as I have a fascination with birds, but also as an experiment to challenge the nature of mosaic. I attempted to capture the delicate and fine nature of a feather by using thin strips of glass.
I began with making a set of paving stones with these yellow-red feathers which look great, so I made this mosaic art picture. I have used stained glass cut into thin strips and set on edge to show the fleck inside, my hand-gilded glass and glass milliefiori stones. The feather is set into a black cement mixture which is then painted in a satin black paint. The edge of the black surround is gilded in gold coloured metal leaf. The black box frame comes without glass but can be fitted if you prefer.
cement mixture, stained glass, hand-gilded glass, milliefiori, gold coloured metal leaf