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I adore the forests of the Cascades range, and the most common tree you’ll find there is the Douglas fir. This is partly due to nature, but they’re especially prolific as logging companies replant logged land with these fast-growing conifers. I adorned this coyote skull with a lone Douglas fir tree underneath a cloud-spotted blue sky. The braided yarn and embroidery thread cord is in colors that match the paint; I kept it simple so the skull would remain the focal point.
While this necklace would be an outgoing wearable, it can also be hung on a shrine or other sacred place to carry Coyote energy into your rituals and devotions.
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Here’s a new creation of mine–hair clips! This one is made with a gray fox tail, hand-braided secondhand yarn, glass beads, a real deer antler tine, and guinea hen and rooster feathers from another crafter’s destash. The sturdy clip keeps it securely and comfortably in your hair.
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I recently got a nice pile of bones from another crafter, to include this lovely little opossum jaw. I painted it in a variety of earth tones, grading from light to dark, and accented with a piece of Oregon agate that I tumbled and polished myself. It’s on a necklace made of brass chain, copper wire, and a lovely mix of secondhand stone and bone beads.
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This is one of the most elaborate and painstaking painted skull necklaces I’ve made yet! I started with a bobcat skull whose cheekbone had sadly been damaged and lost before I got him from another crafter’s destash. So I sculpted a new one for him out of black wire, with a series of wood, stone and fiber optic beads (also secondhand) all along its length. It reminded me of planets, so I decided to give this wildcat a solar system theme! While the planets (Pluto included!) and the Sun aren’t in order, nor are they to scale, they create a striking assemblage along with a comet and a scattering of stars. The skull is on a black chain from a local bead store, punctuated with more secondhand fiber optic beads.
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Song dog is one of several nicknames given to the coyote, and I wanted to honor that with this necklace. I started with a real coyote skull from another crafter’s destash. I decoupaged it with pieces of pages from an old music book, then shaded it with graphite from a pencil I found on the ground a while back. The chain is from a local bead store, and the stone beads were reclaimed from another artist’s discards.
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A sleek red fox skull is adorned in an array of earth tones and a hint of gold. These colors are reflected in the hand-braided yarn cord with its glass beads and brass bells.
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A while back I got some deerskin scraps from another artist, including some lovely edge pieces. This choker is made of two pieces stitched together, semi-overlapping. At the center I stitched a handmade ceramic green fox pendant, and accented both the pendant and choker with acrylic paint (photo was taken before the paint was sealed as the sealant makes the paint harder to accurately photograph.) The choker ties on with a pair of deerskin straps.
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This mask is made from a real whitetail doe face acquired from a taxidermist. It’s been carefully reshaped for a more natural appearance, and its contours allow it to be worn over glasses. The ears are flexible, and may move forward and backward as you turn your head. The cords are black deerskin, and the mask is complete with ears, though the ears have been damaged. It may also be worn on top of the head, headdress-style and additionally may be hung on a wall or otherwise incorporated into a totemic altar or shrine for devotional purposes.
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This amazing cape marries the bright, sunset colors of red coyote hides with beautifully dyed red-brown and white deerskin leather. Several pieces of deerskin are carefully sewn together by hand to create the main body of the cape. A second layer combines a pair of red coyote pelts, adding texture and body to the piece. It’s incredibly warm, perfect for the cold weather!
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A while back I was able to obtain this gorgeous axis deer hide, complete with the tail and the two forelegs and hooves. It’s not a fawn, but a full-grown adult, as adults of this species maintain their spots for life. I folded the front portion of the hide over and painted on the leather; it features a stag surrounded by greenery, with the sun and a waning and waxing moon overhead.
In order to keep the cape from slipping back and putting pressure on the wearer’s throat, I developed a unique design using straps tied behind the wearer’s back to balance the cape out. White deerskin straps are tied to the forelegs of the deer hide, which cross over the wearer’s chest. My design allows the wearer to wear this piece with comfort, without the constant need to pull it forward.