This is a wacky do-it-yourself project I picked up at a yard sale years ago. The pop-ish floral image is actually painted on the glass lens of a presumably broken pair of eyeglasses. It is reverse-painted on the rear of the lens and then entirely covered with a gold-leaf like substance. A pin has been glued on the back so it can be used as a brooch or what have you. Because the paint is on the rear side, the top is smooth to the touch. I bought it before I realized it was a glasses lens. Now I know what to do the next time I break a pair. You can see it’s sort of cat-eye shaped, suggesting it’s age.
It’s a pretty nifty little piece of art.
The penny is there for scale.
How fantastic that this is an eyeglass lens! The painting itself is so period, very late 60s happy flower shades of orange, shocking pink and avocado. Of course, that there’s a pin mounted to the back so one can wear this creation adds to its significant weight on the kitsch scale.
Thanks! I re-found it in a drawer the other day and decided it belonged here. :)