It was at least three years ago that I made this polymer clay head and painted it with acrylics. I wanted a jewel for its forehead and remember searching a local gem and mineral show with my sister for the perfect stone. The one I decided on is this hessonite garnet. I glued the garnet in place, and the tiger head remained in that state, waiting for me to get on with the project whatever it might turn out to be.
I have been making bead embroidery pendants with polymer clay animal heads and, often, stone cabochons then hanging them from braided leather cord. I went to the braided leather cord instead of beaded necklaces because I thought they would be a bit more casual and thus more “wearable.” But I just couldn’t see a tiger head hanging from leather – it just didn’t seem to “fit” since many tiger live in India where cows are sacred. Also I always had felt a bit uneasy using leather because it’s an animal product the use of which (unlike wool) clearly harms the animal. Finally I hit on the idea of silk cord and found a source for them with many beautiful hand-dyed colors (https://www.etsy.com/shop/Schalrausch on Etsy). I figured that by bunching several of these cords together I could use the same glue-in cord end clasps that I had been using for the braided leather. So I was finally ready to proceed with the tiger project, and it would be a bead embroidery pendant hanging from a colored silk cord necklace.
I searched by drawers of beads for appropriate colors and assembled all my materials, as you see above.