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Here's a more subtle, whimsical cousin to my rodent skull necklaces: a sweet little shadowbox pendant featuring a few less-dramatic mousie bones. If your dolls ever played "mad scientist" when you were little, this might be right up your alley. I fished this femur and vertebra (and the rest of this guy) out of an owl pellet, so you can be sure that our no-longer-furry friend died of natural causes. I'm not 100% sure what kind of animal these came from, since it's hard to keep track of whose legs are whose once a woodland creature's been digested, but the size suggests a field mouse or vole. (Did you know that some species of vole form strong lifelong pair bonds? Romantic!)

The pendant also includes a spread of watch parts, a few natural garnets, a little brass dragonfly, and a gunmetal skeleton key. All this is secured in a gorgeous antiqued brass setting with a thick plastic dome protecting it. Because of its size, I went for a lightweight setting with this piece; it's very thin, so you can get the look of all those gorgeous hefty settings from Asia without having chain link imprints in the back of your neck at the end of the day!

The background is a flame-aged cream floral to make the tiny details pop. The whole thing looks like it was plucked off a tiny Victorian naturalist's table! This little assembly is suspended from a one-of-a-kind mismatched necklace--one side is a thick chain, while the other has finer links studded by mocha-colored pearlized glass beads. I love asymmetrical chains; they're awesome for layering, and you can be sure that your necklace will catch people's eyes even if the pendant slips under your shirt.

There's NO resin in this piece, so you won't want to wear it when you go swimming--you could flood it!

Height: 2 3/8" or 60mm
Width: 1 7/8" or 47mm
Depth: 1/4" or 7mm

Chain length: 18" or 45.7cm

I love using cruelty-free animal parts in my jewelry. If this isn't the necklace for you, maybe you could find a different one in my shop?
I've got skulls!

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Send me a message if you'd like an item customized or designed just for you--I'd love to do it! In most cases I'm happy to take your order on and charge you once it's completed and you've seen photos of the finished product, but for heavily customized items that I will be unable to sell to anyone else should you change your mind (i.e. your name on a bracelet), I will require a deposit up-front.
Please CONTACT ME, preferably by Etsy message to bypass my spam filter, if you'd like to make a return. London life necessitates a lot of moving around, and I have to make sure you'll be sending your item to the correct address. This also allows me to provide a more personal level of customer service; if, for example, you love your necklace but the clasp breaks, I think we'd both be happier if I just send you a new chain rather than making you ship the whole thing back to me for an exchange.

I accept returns for any reason within 14 days of you receiving the item. If you're outside of that window, please feel free to get in touch anyway--I'll try to work something out that makes us both happy.
Yes, send me a message if you'd like me to hold an item for you until you get paid. I'll hold it for up to 3 days for free and for up to two weeks in exchange for a nonrefundable 10% deposit.
NO, at this time I have no brick-and-mortar customer-facing facilities. EU regulations require an address be made public to potential buyers in case anyone wants to sue me, but it's not a shopfront and for insurance and zoning reasons, I can't let you onto the premises to poke around.

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If I accepted cancellations within 24 hours of purchase, I would have to wait 24 hours before shipping every order I receive. As it is now, I don't have a set shipping buffer time; if you place an order the morning I intend to go to the post office, your package will ship an hour after you've paid for it. This is especially vital during busy holiday seasons.

That said, if you change your mind about an item and I haven't shipped it yet, I'm happy to cancel your order. If it's already been shipped, I will take a return within 14 days of receipt, no questions asked.

Mouse Bone Assemblage Necklace in Brass - Steampunk Dollhouse Chic


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: watch guts, brass cabochon setting, antique brass chain, real rodent vertebra, real rodent femur, brass dragonfly, gunmetal skeleton key, brown glass beads, garnet chips
  • Ships from United Kingdom to select countries.
  • Feedback: 85 reviews
  • Favorited by: 26 people