I came across some really interesting silk cocoons from Larkspur Funny Farm and had to order some "just because". I had no idea what I'd do with them, but they were just so intriguing, I needed to own them.
I've been doing a bit of riveting and decided to try one of the little beauties in a design I created for "Window on the World", a class I taught recently with Michelle Ross combining metal clay with polymer clay image transfers.
I layered a natural colored Indonesian silk cocoon skin over some olive green felt my friend Jacqui sent me from Asheville and captured both between two pieces of metal clay, one with a scroll shaped cut out, the other solid. I used gold filled wire for the rivets and the pearl dangle, and soldered a scatter pin finding on the back (not necessarily in that order).
I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I've used felt a couple of times before and now I'm convinced that fiber's a wonderful accent for my work.