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Red leather book necklace, 'Curious Keys', illustrated

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This miniature recycled red leather book necklace is illustrated throughout with prints of my original watercolour drawings of 'curious keys'.

These are the 'keys' of the natural world - eggs, moss, lichen, shells, the keys of the night and of the sand - all of which can unlock a sense of wonder and belonging when approached as extraordinarily beautiful, complex phenomenon.

The tiny book measures 1.8cm across, the spine is 2.5cm long and 1cm across. Open the book out and you'll find eight doublepage spreads containing 16 drawings printed onto high-quality Bockingford watercolour paper.

Onto the leather cover I've stitched a tiny gold key from a sliver of faux-gold filigree metal (the actual cover for this listing is in the 2nd photo down, the 4th photo down is simply an example of how the book looks when closed - please note that this listing is for one book necklace only). The book closes with a tie up of blue linen thread, which ends in a tiny vintage red wooden bead.

I've handbound the inner pages directly into the leather cover with beeswaxed natural coloured linen thread, embellishing the stitching that shows through on the spine with gold filigree thread. A faux-gold key charm, 3cm long, hangs down beneath the little book where it sways prettily, suspended from a tiny gold chain.

The book hangs from a vintage brass chain which attaches by a hand distressed faux gold filigree fish clasp to a lovely hand dyed ribbon in shades of ocean blues with a hint of green. Tiny gold sequins decorate the ribbon where it attaches to the chain. The ribbon hangs asymetrically on the chain and the whole measures 9" either side - 18" all round.

This unusual necklace won't take kindly to heavy downpours or steamy shower rooms!
It is sent recorded delivery within Britain. If you are abroad and would like this item to be tracked, simply convo me and I'll reset the postage accordingly.

Thanks for looking!

Red leather book necklace, 'Curious Keys', illustrated


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: leather, Bockingford watercolour paper, ink, handdyed ribbon, vintage brass chain, gold thread, beeswaxed linen, vintage wooden bead, faux vintage filigree clasp, glue, faux gold key charm, miniature gold sequins
  • Ships worldwide from Australia
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  • Favorited by: 21 people