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Sterling Silver Chrysalis Choker

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Here a chrysalis suspends among other exoskeletons and snake-like coils as a reminder that metamorphosis and renewal are ever present.

There are nine sterling silver charms, each impression taken from nature then manipulated by hand to create a new but familiar looking species. The chrysalis measures 24mm L x 5.5mm W x 4mm thick and is solid sterling. The hollow center bead is 12mm L x 14mm round, so you can see by comparison with the other sterling beads that a lot of sterling clay went into their making. I've achieved some nice patinas, most notably dusty mauve as seen on the first bead on far left in photo #3.

Additional components are unearthed found objects, all with naturally formed vertigris, rust, and grey patinas; a gorgeous glass lampwork slider ring from Etsy shop Radiant Mind, blending beautifully with its crusty greens, rusts, and mustards; a variety of pale cream tribal currency shells; and one of my copper discs, the impression taken from an ancient shell.

Everything is held together on a 15" length of medium brown, 6mm rolled leather cord ending in a primitive sterling silver paddle closure, latched together with 1mm rolled leather cord.

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Sterling Silver Chrysalis Choker


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Leather Cord, PMC Sterling Silver, Found Objects, Tribal Currency Shells, Sheet Sterling Silver, Glass Lampwork Bead
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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