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Ceramic Bird pendant inspired by Viking-era Finnish archaeology. Viking pendant. Viking jewelery. Viking necklace. Bird necklace. Handmade.

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Ceramic Bird pendant inspired by Viking-era Finnish archaeology. Viking pendant. Viking jewelery. Viking necklace. Bird necklace. Handmade.

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Pendant height: 5 Centimeters
  • Pendant width: 5 Centimeters
  • Style: Celtic
  • Materials: Unique glaze, Australian clay, Cotton cord, Love, Rainwater, Solar Power
  • Favorited by: 28 people
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Description

Unleash your inner Viking!

Even the proudest Viking warrior or shield maiden coveted jewellery and trinkets, either worn with pride or as part of their treasure hoard. The design for this ceramic pendant was inspired by an archaeological find in the Pälkäne municipality of western Finland. Made during the early Viking age in Finland, the original is an ornate bronze pendant in the shape of a bird and was once a treasured possession. It was so loved by its owner that it was buried with her, allowing her to carry it into the afterlife. Vikings believed that death was simply a way to enter one of the Viking's nine realms. To be successful in those realms, the dead would need weapons, tools, and (of course) jewellery to show their social status; thus those things were placed in the grave with the dead so that they could be used in the afterlife.

The original pendant is currently part of the Finnish National Board of Antiquities Collection.

• • • The Pendant • • •
Each bird pendant is 5 cm (2") from head to tail with a bronze coloured ring to attach the cord. You can choose your favourite from the seven I currently have prepared, or request a custom colour or design just for you (minimum 4 weeks production time).

The necklace cord is made from woven brown cotton and has wooden bead decorations. Both strands of the cord pass through a wooden bead which slides up and down to allow you to vary the style of the necklace from the normal "V" shape (when the bead is close to the metal ring, at the base of the V) to a "Y" or even "T" as the bead is slid up the cord towards the wearers neck.

The piece you are buying is the exact one you see in the photographs and so is ready to ship. I process and ship items within 1 to 2 days. Shipping time varies, but usually takes a couple of weeks to locations outside Australia.

• • • Your Choices for the Necklace Closures • • •
The necklace cord can be finished in several different ways:
» A choker-length cord (45 cm/17.7") closed with a strong, rare-earth-magnet clasp,
» A medium-length cord (60 cm/23.6") closed with a strong, rare-earth-magnet clasp,
» A long cord (70 cm/27.6") closed with a strong, rare-earth-magnet clasp,
» A 2-knot adjustable slider configuration which extends to 65 cm (25.6") at its longest and can be shortened to choker length via the sliding beads & knots (this design shows the beads & knots at the sides of the neck when shortened),
» A 1-knot adjustable slider configuration which extends to 65 cm (25.6") at its longest and can be shortened to choker length via the sliding bead & knot (this design leaves the tail-end of the necklace hanging down the back of the wearer when the necklace is shortened).

If you would like a different cord type (leather or black cotton), length, or clasp then please leave a message with your order and I will accommodate you if I can.

• • • The Process • • •
To make each pendant, I press clay into a mould that I had hand-sculpted using a picture of the archaeological find as inspiration. The moulded piece left to dry then I tidy it up and hand-decorate each piece using Viking-style carvings. Each one I make is decorated differently, and so is completely unique.

Each piece is made by hand in my little home studio in Brisbane, Australia. I use rainwater and solar power, and I recycle everything I can to reduce my footprint on the earth. The piece is made from a strong stoneware clay which is twice fired - first to 1000°C (1832°F) to make the clay ready for the glaze, then to 1300°C (2370°F) to melt the glaze and make it as strong as possible.

• • • Local Pickup • • •
If you live in Brisbane and would like to save on shipping, you can collect the piece at my studio in Kenmore Hills during the week, or in Sumner (at the archery field) on Saturday; use the code "PICKUP" to remove the shipping costs.

• • • Commissions welcome • • •
If you would like something similar but in a different colour or shape that is not available in my Etsy store I'd be happy to custom make one for you (lead time is at least four weeks though!).
Unleash your inner Viking!

Even the proudest Viking warrior or shield maiden coveted jewellery and trinkets, either worn with pride or as part of their treasure hoard. The design for this ceramic pendant was inspired by an archaeological find in the Pälkäne municipality of western Finland. Made during the early Viking age in Finland, the original is an ornate bronze pendant in the shape of a bird and was once a treasured possession. It was so loved by its owner that it was buried with her, allowing her to carry it into the afterlife. Vikings believed that death was simply a way to enter one of the Viking's nine realms. To be successful in those realms, the dead would need weapons, tools, and (of course) jewellery to show their social status; thus those things were placed in the grave with the dead so that they could be used in the afterlife.

The original pendant is currently part of the Finnish National Board of Antiquities Collection.

• • • The Pendant • • •
Each bird pendant is 5 cm (2") from head to tail with a bronze coloured ring to attach the cord. You can choose your favourite from the seven I currently have prepared, or request a custom colour or design just for you (minimum 4 weeks production time).

The necklace cord is made from woven brown cotton and has wooden bead decorations. Both strands of the cord pass through a wooden bead which slides up and down to allow you to vary the style of the necklace from the normal "V" shape (when the bead is close to the metal ring, at the base of the V) to a "Y" or even "T" as the bead is slid up the cord towards the wearers neck.

The piece you are buying is the exact one you see in the photographs and so is ready to ship. I process and ship items within 1 to 2 days. Shipping time varies, but usually takes a couple of weeks to locations outside Australia.

• • • Your Choices for the Necklace Closures • • •
The necklace cord can be finished in several different ways:
» A choker-length cord (45 cm/17.7") closed with a strong, rare-earth-magnet clasp,
» A medium-length cord (60 cm/23.6") closed with a strong, rare-earth-magnet clasp,
» A long cord (70 cm/27.6") closed with a strong, rare-earth-magnet clasp,
» A 2-knot adjustable slider configuration which extends to 65 cm (25.6") at its longest and can be shortened to choker length via the sliding beads & knots (this design shows the beads & knots at the sides of the neck when shortened),
» A 1-knot adjustable slider configuration which extends to 65 cm (25.6") at its longest and can be shortened to choker length via the sliding bead & knot (this design leaves the tail-end of the necklace hanging down the back of the wearer when the necklace is shortened).

If you would like a different cord type (leather or black cotton), length, or clasp then please leave a message with your order and I will accommodate you if I can.

• • • The Process • • •
To make each pendant, I press clay into a mould that I had hand-sculpted using a picture of the archaeological find as inspiration. The moulded piece left to dry then I tidy it up and hand-decorate each piece using Viking-style carvings. Each one I make is decorated differently, and so is completely unique.

Each piece is made by hand in my little home studio in Brisbane, Australia. I use rainwater and solar power, and I recycle everything I can to reduce my footprint on the earth. The piece is made from a strong stoneware clay which is twice fired - first to 1000°C (1832°F) to make the clay ready for the glaze, then to 1300°C (2370°F) to melt the glaze and make it as strong as possible.

• • • Local Pickup • • •
If you live in Brisbane and would like to save on shipping, you can collect the piece at my studio in Kenmore Hills during the week, or in Sumner (at the archery field) on Saturday; use the code "PICKUP" to remove the shipping costs.

• • • Commissions welcome • • •
If you would like something similar but in a different colour or shape that is not available in my Etsy store I'd be happy to custom make one for you (lead time is at least four weeks though!).

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After shipping over 1000 items, only 1 package has gone astray. However: >> if you do not add tracking, I can't be responsible for lost items. Sorry!

I've done it this way to give everyone a choice about how much they want to spend on their shipping, and also how much they want to gamble on the postal service! You're the best person to judge the reliability of your own country's postal service.
Everything in my shop is handmade by me, either on the pottery wheel or by sculpting clay by hand. This means that those little glaze drips, or shape differences, or unusual patterns are just part of the handmade process. Each is guaranteed to be completely unique.

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