Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

The beautiful Monarch Butterfly is a migratory creature indigenous to North America. The migration route takes it from Canada/US to Northern South America through the Great State of Texas. The primary food of the monarch is milkweed, and during the pupa stage which makes it highly toxic to predators. Monarchs are very important polinators whose numbers are in decline.
This glass piece is created with 75 individual parts (glass and wire). There are many different processes involved in the monarch butterfly glass sculpture. The method I chose in making this monarch is called copper foiling. In all, it takes upwards of five days to complete a single piece. This particular piece is the first signed and dated with an etching drill bit. Each and every monarch is an individual original sculpture and has its own personality.
This butterfly is approximately an 8″ wingspan by 51/2″ long. Also shown are examples of closed wing migratory butterflies.

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