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The Mad Scientists of Etsy (MSOE)'s challenge topic this month is "science as art." Since really all of my stuff fits this theme, I wasn't quite sure what to do... then I had this idea.

I decided that "I AM STARSTUFF" written in amino acid code demonstrated so much that I love about science. I'm not sure if I can fully express my thoughts on this; I tend to have trouble expressing philosophical stuff. But I'll try.

Of course the starstuff idea comes from the famous Carl Sagan statements: that we are composed of the stuff stars made, which it literally true. After the Big Bang, only hydrogen existed. Stars burned this fuel and started creating slightly heavier atoms. Then other stars made even heavier atoms. They spit these out as they burned or exploded them away as they died. It is this generative magic that allowed carbon and oxygen and nitrogen and potassium - and all the other atoms we need for life - to exist. Look around - everything you see used to be in a star.

Writing the phrase "I AM STARSTUFF" in the language of our own proteins has a profound edge. The genetic code is one of the fundamental mysterious miracles of the origins of life. It reminds me of a time when life was young - there were only bacteria, they shared their genes freely, the smallest change could usher in a tidal wave of possibilities. At this time, Earth was being pummeled with meteors, bringing more atoms and molecules that life could use to grow and evolve. Earthlings and their stellar forebearers were still quite entangled.

The atoms that make up our proteins and DNA are from the stars. And these elements have evolved to make beings like us who look up and contemplate the stars. It's amazing how much we know and how much we can learn through observation and experiment. I love science because it tells us about our DNA and the Big Bang. I especially love science because it shows how interconnected everything is. That I and you and everything we see were once stars.


This necklace is made out of charms that are based on the shape of amino acids, the subunits of proteins. Since each amino acid can be represented by a letter, we can spell words and names with them. It's a biological secret code!

The necklace is made of sterling silver. It works best as a choker or short necklace, and I usually make the amino acid necklaces 16 inches, with the ability to be adjusted to shorter lengths.

I am happy to make custom jewelry with your favorite word, phrase, or name. Letters currently available: A C D E F G H I K L M N P Q R S T U V W Y

All of my jewelry comes in a recycled gift box with an informational card about the science that inspired the piece.

Mad Scientist challenge - I AM STARSTUFF necklace

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: sterling silver, recycled sterling silver, starstuff
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  • Ships from Hawaii, United States to select countries.