Sunday, April 02, 2017

Human Bone Earrings

A little while ago we took a drive to the big city and stopped in SkullStore, a shop that sells all manner of bones, taxidermy, and other nifty things. I picked up some foot bones and a devil pod/bat nut. 

I knew I wanted to make something wearable with the bones and came up with this pair of earrings.

A number of people have asked "WHY?!" I'll admit, it seems a bit weird on the surface, but it's not just for shock. I do have actual reasons for bony jewelry:

I like bones and the strength and frailty they represent.
• Some believe that human bones help connect us, magically, to those on the other side.
• Primitive materials are beautiful
• I've been exploring foot fetishism
• I have extra bones in my feet!

I toyed with adding lots of different things to these bad boys, but I like that they embrace the primitive. The dark red circle you see is wax embedded with magical herbs, powders and oils. The wax reinforces the idea of being strong, but delicate simultaneously. It's solid though pliable, and easily scratched.

They might not be everyone's cup-o-tea, but I love them. 

Wearing them today made me feel a smidge more powerful... and maybe little like Pebbles Flintstone.