I had a bunch of tigers eye that was on a string, an elastic bracelet. The elastic string broke, and I didn’t know what to do with the individual little spheres of tigers eye. I figured I might make an art project out of them… perfect idea for a nice afternoon.
I got some of the steel wire out that I had left over. I made this abstract flower type structure bending at right angles featuring a couple crystals on each.
Tigers eye is a cool mineral because when polished, it displays an optical characteristic called chatoyancy (derived from the French “œil de chat,” meaning “cat’s eye”) which gives it a sheen of depth which appears to move as the angle of view changes. The effect is shown in the clip below.
This is what tigers eye looks like rough…
Anyway, you can see why I wanted to find another use for these beautiful stones. I finished five “flowers” which are in these pictures