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Topic: What does one DO with 20 mouse jawbones?  (Read 1632 times)
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« on: December 08, 2013 04:57:00 PM »

I try not to search auction/sale sites for bones and skulls, but sometimes I can't help it. This is how I accidentally came across a listing for 20 mouse jaws.


After a little thought/experimentation, I landed on pre-wrapped wire coils as a mounting method. I glued each jaw carefully, with gel cyanoacrylate.


Once they were all glued in, including any loose teeth, I attached all of them to a short length of chain, as a fall. To give the fall some visual and literal weight, I added a faceted black beaded ball which I strung on an eye pin with a metal teardrop at the bottom. That whole assembly was then attached to a silver chain, which was decorated with deep red faceted oblong glass beads, which are effectively black under most lighting. I hung the fall off-center for a little added interest.


This is a piece that has to be worn with a certain type of top. In this case, a black knit with snap-front. The chain itself is simple enough to wear with a collared shirt; it's the centerpiece that needs a frame of its own. It never fails to draw a lot of commentary when I wear it, usually including variations on, "Really? REAL mousejaws??"

Of course! Only authentics for me!


A slightly wordier version of this post also appears on my website: http://www.shefightslikeagirl.com/2013/11/mouse-jawbone-necklace.html
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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2013 05:04:23 PM »

I would have never thought about using mouse jaws but yours really turned out very nice. I probably would have drilled a hole in the larger end and added a jump ring to it. Just a little lighter looking version. Love the one you have made.
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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2013 05:08:42 PM »

That was my first thought, but the bone is extremely thin. I shattered a couple of them even trying with a sharp little jeweler's bit. Probably for the best, because this turns out to be a little more wearable, than had I managed to get rings through them. I even tried wire-wrapping the jaw upright myself, but had the same problem -- just too thin and fragile!
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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2013 05:21:56 PM »

This turned out beautiful. I always tried thinking of what to do with tiny jaws like that. very cool.
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2013 05:27:51 PM »

Just another idea. how about coating them with a finish, like atleast three coats, of shellac, polyacrylic, one of the finishes that dries hard. would be nice if you could do more things with them...like a pair of earings to  go along with the necklace.  Really like how yours turned out.
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2013 05:48:20 PM »

Thanks! It's a little pokey to wear, but I think it's worth it.
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« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2013 03:40:16 AM »

That's way cool! 
The only other thing I could really think of would be wire wrapping them, but I really love the way they look with the coils. 

Awesome necklace!
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« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2013 09:13:26 AM »

Wire-wrapping was the first thing I wanted to try. I thought a fine silver wire would be pretty and delicate, appropriate to the little bits. But I couldn't wrap the wire with any tension without it flaking the bone away.

The finished piece is heftier than what I had envisioned, but probably the only way it would have survived, really. The bigger coils are providing protection, as they are bumping against each other, rather than the bones.
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« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2013 08:04:40 AM »

This is a really weird piece you know.  But I like it a lot, looks very cool on your neck.
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« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2013 09:27:51 AM »

Likably weird, I'm good with that. Thanks! Smiley
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