Akhenaten’s Headress Rethought – stage two

The Cobras Hood
The Cobras Hood

Having decided that all those delicious manipulations of brass mesh weren’t going to help in this case, I cut out the shape of the cobra’s hood from the brass mesh, (not getting too close, in case I cut the thread attaching it!).

At this point I realised it wasn’t quite strong enough, and attached the bent piece of pearl purl from the first attempt to the back in order to provide more support.

Bending back the brass mesh helped to conceal the supporting pearl purl – although whether anyone will be able to notice it is a moot point!

Cobra In Place
Cobra In Place

The final stage of the cobra was to attach the same piece of silver spiral with gold band to take the place of the snake himself, in front of the hood and to a new piece of gold kid. This time I looked again at some pictures of cobras, and made sure the hood was set back a little from where the mouth would be.

New Version Of Headdress
Cobra and vulture heads in place

I used the same “vulture’s head” as last time, but helped it to stand out slightly by winding some blue wire from a tiny bit of blue purl around the large gold rope I used for the vulture’s neck. You can see how small it is, but it’s surprising how much difference it makes to the final effect!

Once I’d attached the gold kid, I could cover the bottom edge with gold spiral, and then trim the upper edge to create the shape I wanted. This is the stage you see here. However, I then decided that the upper edge needed a trim, so at some point I must tie myself in knots to attach some sort of trimming to a curved shape stretched over a padded base.

Wish me luck!


  1. Jen Mullen says:

    Looking good. Solving one problem often creates another, doesn’t it?

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Good luck, Rachel … but I’m not worried because you’re well on your way now … looks good!

  3. Lady Fi says:

    It’s looking great!

  4. You are very patient to do such fine work. It is looking great.

  5. Catherine says:

    You are so creative and are certainly experimenting a lot with this piece! It is looking great, and I’m sure you will find a way to make this just perfect!

  6. Sue Jones says:

    Snake is now wonderfully snake-like. The texture and shape work perfectly. Bang on. .

  7. Carolyn says:

    That cobra is very realistic!!