If you've been in the creative jewelry industry for a hot minute, then I'm sure you've seen all I'm about to share and then some. Jewelry and wearable art constructed from all kinds of found objects or, ahem, unmentionables.....
that I'm totally going to mention. Why? Because it's cool and boggles my fairly boggled mind. And I love the fearlessness artists embrace when creating their own lines and products. A fearlessness I hope I'm one day courageous enough to embrace. I may not make jewelry from excrement (or any other bodily function, for that matter), but the willingness to explore what others don't or haven't? That's pretty darn impressive.
Take WispAdornments on Etsy, for example, who specializes in the use of hair and ashes in her modern re-imagining of Victorian jewelry. Um. Yes please! What a wonderful commemorative keepsake! And can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this human tooth ring is! Am I a little weirded out by it? Sure. Do I still think there is so much awesome happening there? You betcha!
Okay, while not a real eye (this beautiful purple devil is a handpainted glass cabochon by The Twisted Eye), I have wrapped actual prosthetic eyes before. And yes... the eyes do follow you no matter where in the room you are.
So, what's the purpose of this post? Really, it's just about appreciating the possibilities. The world is full of so many unique opportunities for creating one-of-a-kind wearable art. Why not use pine cones, drift wood, salvaged animal bones (yes, I know that's not everyone's cup of tea)? There is beach glass, river rocks, moss. Yes... moss. Moss jewelry is it's own little habitat and its magical!
So I say we all go find our own magic, shall we?
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