Week 13 – Cat Eye Pendant – Heather Morales

Now that it is time to post I’m feeling very nervous, on top of that I accidentally and prematurely click Publish instead of  Save Draft. Duh… I feel stupid. Okay deep breath, I’ve taken some tums… here we go.


Hi all can’t believe it has been two years since I last participated in YOJ, guess time really does flies. :) This piece is kinda a happy accident and turned out quite different from what I was expecting.   Actually, I started off with a total different piece but when I lost the focal bead (I know, pretty bad huh.) I had to scrap that idea and started rummaging through my projects that I’ve started then set aside.  After going through it I found  3 – 20g wire that was started with the Soumak weave wrap around all three wires. As soon as the focal bead (a 12mm round faceted citrine bead) was attached and tighten, the wire instantly cradled around the focal bead and to my surprise the shape look like an eye or as my nephew calls it the Eye of Sauron.  Finishing off the weave then adding four small accent faceted beads (two yellow tourmaline and two clear smoky quartz) and then curling up the ends for a little more decorative element.  Even though it may look like a ring from top to bottom it is about 1 ½ inch in length and a little over 1 ¼ in width.  Adding a purple silk ribbon thought would tie it into the theme of Complementary Colors.

Thanks so much,


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  1. This is truly awesome! A happy accident indeed, it looks like you could have started with that idea and just managed to recreate it perfectly…if you hadn’t said it was an accident, I would have assumed that you wanted to make a cat’s eye and were just incredible at getting your ideas into wire ;)

    Since you mentioned soumak weave, and I had never yet heard of it, I’d be really interested to know where you learnt different weaves, if you don’t mind my asking. I’d like to learn the same :)

    • MooSiE says:

      Sorry my response took so long, I was trying to figure out how to leave a reply and didn’t realize I need to login to do so. My bad  and thanks so much on your comment I truly appreciate it. That is what I love about wire sometimes the piece will tell what it wants done.

      About the weave I am honor you asked. There are a few places I’ve come across to learn this technique. One is Barbara Berk’s resource page. http://www.barbaraberkdesigns.com/html/resources.html here she explains the origin of the weave which is pretty interesting and shows diagrams. She is an amazing jewelry artist that specializes in weaving or textile with metal. Also another great is Arline Fisch, she doesn’t have a website but she has written a couple of books, the one I have is “Textile Techniques in Metal”, and she teaches workshops. Also her name is very Googleable. Another awesome artist I’ve learned by studying her jewelry is Iza Malczyk she uses this technique quite a bit in her jewelry. Her website is http://www.izamalczyk.com/en/ Hope this help. :)

      • Wow, thank you so much for your help! I will definitely learn a lot from those people…there is so much friendliness and helpfulness in this community, and the work is just beautiful… looking at Iza’s gallery made me lose all the blood from my face, I think. Oh, my.
        Thank you!

  2. Heather, welcome back! It is fun to see how our idea turns out really different in real. Yours are very beautiful :-)

  3. Beautiful!!! I love the way the bead is cradled in the wire!

  4. Tucker says:

    Good to see you Heather! You always make something surprising and interesting. I enjoy your work and look forward to your posts.

  5. Sandy says:

    This is gorgeous! It looks like it’s being cradled in a basket.

  6. Heather, that is a lovely pendant, but I could also see this as a ring. I just looked at your website and I love your creations.

  7. MooSiE says:

    Thanks Cindi… I was thinking the same thing but scaling it down a little with a small focal bead. If I could find a person with a size 17 finger this piece would fit them perfectly. lol

  8. Pearl Girl says:

    This is gorgeous – I love how it it cradles the bead – marvelous!

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