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« on: November 26, 2012 09:22:11 PM »

I haven't made earrings, or even wire wrapped anything in a few years.  This project gave me a good kick in the butt to get going on it all again.  This was made to be a part of a Secret Santa Swap on another forum.



I wire wrapped a pair of halibut otolith (ear bones) with 26 gauge wire adorned with a few size 11 seed beads, a pair of drops, and one cube each. 

My giftee has a fiancee who's favorite colors are black and neon green.  The iridescence on the cubes is actually a lot more green than the photo shows, and one of the drop beads also has a nice lime-ish shimmer. 

 
It was very fitting to make a set with green and black for colors.  The fish ear bones came from this August when I was out with my boyfriend and his dad on their boat for a fishing trip in Prince William Sound.  We anchored up overnight at a good spot, and ended up pulling big ones up left and right.  When the fish took a break, and after I scared off a sea lion that was a little too interested in a few halibut we left on a stringer over the side of the boat, we reset the lines and got ready for bed.  We killed off the lights, and saw something amazing. 

It was pitch black out there, since we were away from civilization.  Everything that touched the water lit it up with a green trail.  All of the lines, the outline of the boat, anything we put in the water- the bio-luminescent plankton was very active.  It was one of the most amazing things I have seen in my life. 

 
Not only are the earrings made in someone's favorite colors, but they are a perfect reminder of the night the fish they came from was caught. 
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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2012 12:13:45 PM »

I love the combination of colours. The wire wrapping is pretty nifty too.
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2012 06:37:06 AM »

Very cool use of an unusual material!
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2012 11:29:06 PM »

Thank you both very much! 

I really like wire wrapping when using natural materials. 
Plus, I am not fond of drilling bone/teeth/antler.  (I'm not that great at it either!)
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