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Wearable art necklace Inupiat carved seabird and turquoise with turtle bones and mummy beads, wearable art

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It started with the sea bird--a gift sent from the Aleutian Islands during WWII. She never threw away the package from her old flame; I found it way back in the bottom drawer of her dresser when I cleaned out her house. A sea-scoured stone i found beachcombing, a pretty cone from some forgotten hike, bone buttons used to hold up children's underwear......
They say creativity requires a good imagination and a big pile of STUFF! Other treasures from my pile include turquoise nuggets, vintage mummy beads, Japanese matte iridescent beads, a Chinese carved ivory bead, and of course, the turtle bones. My husband brought me a box turtle shell with all the bones still inside, knowing I would regard it as a treasure. I think the curved one is a femur, but I puzzle over the right-angled pair.
Everything is securely attached to a soft leather backing. The pin back on the bird extends through the leather, but I left it intact out of respect for its age and provenance.
The necklace is about 18" long, with a toggle clasp.

Wearable art necklace Inupiat carved seabird and turquoise with turtle bones and mummy beads, wearable art


Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: beach stone, pine cone, turtle bones, vintage mummy beads, Japanese matte iridescent beads, Chinese carved ivory or bone bead, turquoise nuggets, hand carved bone bird brooch
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 40 reviews
  • Favorited by: 34 people