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Creating a Theme: A fun way to use shark teeth!

by geisha on Apr.13, 2010, under Handmade Jewelry, Jewelry Making
When Jaws Attacks Earrings

A combination of shark teeth, sea glass and pearls

About six months ago a co-worker aware of my jewelry obsession brought me some shark teeth. He thought perhaps I could use them in my jewelry. Weeks and months went by and I just wasn’t quite ready to tackle those shark teeth. After a while, that little bag of shark teeth seemed to be taunting me while I was making jewelry. I just didn’t know where to begin.

The other night I decided it was time to attempt to create with the shark teeth. First I had to figure out how I was going to string these shark teeth, after all they didn’t have any holes. I knew I was going to have to wire-wrap them. I first tried with a wire that was too thick, I think 20 gauge. The wire just wouldn’t stay put! Then I switched to a thinner wire and it worked much better. I wrapped them until they were very secure and made a bail out of wire so I could attach them a chain.

Now that the hardest part was over, I had to decide what to pair these shark teeth with. I first was drawn to turquoise, to create an overall earthy look. Then it dawned on me. Under the Sea! I had a baggie full of sea glass that I have accumulated over time, some really pretty keshi pearls and and shell beads to hang everthing from. In all, I really like these earrings and think that somehow they actually look quite feminine even with the shark teeth.

When Jaws Attacks Earrings

Funky and Fun!

The jagged shark tooth is balanced by the smooth sea glass. The matte finish glass is balanced by the shiny surface of the pearl. And the masculine qualities of the shark tooth are balanced by the feminine qualities of the keshi pearl. Harmony.

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When Jaws Attacks Earrings

Can you tell I LOVE the ocean?

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Though she went to school for Economics, she has three true passions : Jewelry, Travel and Food. She spends every free moment she gets, creating jewelry and loves seaching new places for inspiration to use in both her jewelry and cuisine. She likes to pair super sparkly beads with contrasting finishes and focuses specially on textures and finishes. She loves working with freshwater pearls as they come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. Her favorite shape is keshi, which is kind of look like fruity pebbles cereal! She also works with stones, shells and unique enameled beads.

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