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All summer long Crabby Chris and her "Nople Steve" prowl the deep waters off Camano Island, Washington in search of the wily Dungeness Crab. (Wily and delicious, that is!) Last season the crabs were bigger than ever, with huge claws that I like to call "thumbs". Not wishing to waste Nature's gifts, I have strung crab thumbs on heavy duty stainless steel beading wire along with other beachy stuff and glass beads to make a stunning 26" gnarly neckpiece.

Because crabs have their bones on the outside, they have to shed their shell in order to grow. (Don't we all?) So they crack them open across the back and exit them in reverse, emerging with a new, slightly larger shell that will harden over several days. Did I comb the beach for all these thumbs? Heck, yes! But I also trapped, euthanized, boiled, and consumed some of the hapless donors myself, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Perhaps my zeal for crabmeat was fueled by an unfortunate incident resulting in a pinched, bleeding, painful, hideously scarred finger on Yours Truly. But I'm not bitter . . .

The perfect gift for the crustaceophiliac, June/July birthday person, incorrigable grouch in your life, grizzled fisherman, or as an outward sign of your cantankerous temperament. The length of this neckpiece works for large, medium and small humans, but if you need a particular length just let me know (no upcharge). Closes with a silver-plated toggle and loop.

Fifth photo shows this beauty on the job, worn by real live Mermaid Cydney. Isn't she gorgeous? Limited availability on this item as there are only so many crab thumbs available and when they're gone, they're gone, until next summer. Guaranteed to evoke comments, inquiries and dubious stares. Not recommended for those who wish to keep a low profile.

Carpe crabum!

© Copyright 2010 by C. Chennault. All rights reserved.

Crab claw necklace coastal crustacean Cancer bone pirate beach shelling beachcombing Dungeness as seen at Burning Man Crabby Chris Original

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: natural crab exoskeleton, seashell chips, puka shells, etched glass beads, sea urchin spines, stainless steel nylon coated wire, sterling silver clasp, crabby attitude
  • Feedback: 501 reviews
  • Ships from Washington, United States to select countries.