A couple of weeks ago I came across an image on the internet of a beautiful glass sphere that turned out to be something called a "fried marble"...intrigued by the term I searched for instructions and discovered that since the 1950s people have been baking them to use in jewellery. They are really easy to make and quite addictive once you begin...I have about a thousand now.
Anyhoo I used polished annealed 22 gauge steel wire to cage and wrap a couple of my first marbles.
The owl is created using chainmaille and metal scales, his face is a rusty gasket that I found on one of my junkyard hunts. The eyes are fried marbles.