I finally finished up the first set of necklaces in my new Shark Alley Collection! It was quite a journey and I still have a lot more sketched concepts to execute. I haven’t even begun to tackle earrings and bracelets are last on the list because I need to figure out how to keep people from stabbing their own wrists on the teeth.
Here are the first five necklaces in the series.
I’m using a variety of fossil shark teeth in these necklaces from all over the world. Places like Florida and Morocco. I still haven’t decided whether I am going to try to add in modern, stark white teeth to the series or keep it pure with the fossils. Guess it will all depend on the aesthetic as it develops.
How cool would it be to wear something that is at least 5 million years old around your neck? And check this one out. It’s still has it’s serrations. Some of these teeth I’ve got still have almost razor sharp edges which is just insane considering how long they have been tossed around by time and the elements. The teeth from Morocco I’m finding are the sharpest because they are dug right out of the mountains rather than being collected from creek or river beds where water can smooth things out even more.
This one is a bit asymmetrical, but it’s one of my favorites. It’s one of the design sketches that failed to become reality so I took the main pieces and rearranged them until I had something that was eye pleasing and would work. That part of the fun of making these is finding out whether my concepts will work or not. Although, as I go, I’ve learned what will and won’t work for the most part and my concepts are becoming more refined and workable from the start.
Learning how to patina raw copper for the first time has been an exercise. Fun, but work depending on how you approach the Liver of Sulphur. Cold water and a few drops of gel and you can gently wait it out until the copper has achieved that nice warm brown. Or hot water and several drops and the pieces will turn black pretty darn quick. Then it’s a lot of scrubbing with baking soda and polishing with a scrubby to bring back that warm copper glow.
I love this one. It reminds me of a birdcage and that tooth is the canary. Or the canary became a snack. Whatever. Those dangling paddles move which is kind of cool because it will change the profile of the pendant as you wear it all day. Did you notice the variations in color on all of these teeth? I love it. These are Florida collected teeth from the Miocene epoch and they have the best color variations I’ve seen. The Moroccan teeth tend to be a more uniform cream to yellow to orange-ish range while the Florida teeth are a veritable rainbow. That last one is close to the highly coveted “blue” that is harder to come by although this one is closer to grey than blue. I do have two necklaces coming soon that are a gorgeous deep blue color.
That’s all for now folks. I’ll bring you another set of pretties in a few days!