More Earrings in Iron and Bone

June 5, 2011

Here are two more pairs of earrings made from catfish bones and forged iron.  I collected the catfish bones in 1995 in the western Kentucky swamp, near the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.  Floods fill the swamps every few years.  On my visit, the ground was dry and the trees had a high water line that was several feet above my head.  The unfortunate catfish was left stranded in the woods after the flood receded and its bones were scattered among fallen leaves of persimmon, overcup oak, and baldcypress.  I collected the rib bones and a lot of odd-shaped, intricately textured bones that fitted together to form the fish’s skull.  The bones are quite different from mammal and reptile bones.  They are light, thin, tough, and extremely fine-grained, so they are easy to polish.  Both pairs of earrings are more 3-D than my usual styles, which makes them a bit difficult to photograph.  The earrings are very mobile and the iron and bone elements clatter together gently.  Serpent Moon Earrings are made from a rib and one of the head bones.  The coiled snake has riveted steel eyes.  Copper spirals were added to the bone pendants to help them balance better.  The Winged Curly Cone Earrings are made from two head bones and iron cones forged from cut nails.  The bones hang behind the cones when the earrings are worn.  This pair isn’t as obviously asymmetrical.  Both pairs are now on my website.

Serpent Moon Earrings

Serpent Moon Earrings

 

Winged Curly Cone Earrings

Winged Curly Cone Earrings

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One Response to “More Earrings in Iron and Bone”

  1. Laurel said

    I just wanted to note that I appreciate the website revamp and frequent updates! It’s really nice to be able to go to the website and see what’s for sale and how much it is. And, as always, I enjoy seeing the work you’re doing here. IMO, there are a lot of people who talk about shamanism, but your close connection with your materials of many origins makes your work deeply compelling: you really walk the walk. Even from a distance it feels powerful. Please keep on sharing your work with the world.

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