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Dirty Mary Rackham
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« on: June 19, 2007 08:30:14 PM »

Wow, two posts today...I assure you, I am not typically so motivated.

I just finished this necklace about five minutes ago, and I am not so sure I like it.  I love working with animal feet, and I had all these goat hooves hanging around in a tin on my desk, so...I figured it would do until I receive my next shipment of chicken and alligator feet.

Focal is a goat hoof (humanely harvested in Indonesia - the village that these hooves came from farm goats for their wool, and also eat the meat they provide, and they sell the skins, hooves, and horns to a fair trade organization, which is where I got them!).  Surrounding the hoof are some cheezy plastic "hematite" beads, and the green bits are dyed bone.  I am not sure what kind of bone the green beads are, because I got them at a garage sale in the form of an old, hideous necklace, but I am guessing they are either camel or cow, because almost all bone beads you will ever see are camel or cow bone.  The necklace is finished with a sterling silver chain and a sterling plated lobster clasp.

Please let me know what you think - should I continue with the goat hoof pendants?

Thank you for looking, and I am sorry for the inundation of posts by me today...I just get so excited, you know?

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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2007 08:45:18 PM »

Well...I am glad to hear that you did not get them from a goat that was primarily used for its hoof or what not. I can not imagine wearing a foot around my neck (personally.....since I'm a vegetarian) I think it looks great though...although I could not tell it was a hoof by just looking at it in the picture.

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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2007 03:10:19 AM »

The following is a picture of my Road Kill with coyote claws.  why do you call yours a mojo?Huh

« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2007 05:32:54 AM »

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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2007 09:17:02 AM »

hang on.................chicken and alligator feet as jewellery??!?!?!?! what's that all about :S would they not go rotten?HuhHuh  Cheesy that has got to be the weirdest thing i've ever heard of hahaha!!

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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2007 10:43:59 AM »

Thanks everybody!

Adalia - I never use animal parts that were harvested from animals that are killed for those parts.  A lot of what I use is actually from roadkill, believe it or not.  I'm a vegetarian, too, by the way!

Windchimeman - I like the roadkill bracelet.  Coyote dew claws are some of my favorites to work with.  I like that yours actually says "Road Kill" right on it.  Also, a mojo is technically a small bag used in vodou and hoodoo religion that contains magical charms, herbs, stones and such.  Something that contains a lot of positive magical or spiritual power is referred to as "having good mojo," and animal feet (specifically alligator and chicken) are among the most common charms.  Unfortunately, though, I do not think the goat has much of a place in vodou.

Summer_lover - Yes, chicken and alligator feet.  But don't worry, they are taxidermied, so they don't rot or decompose.  Like I said above, chicken and alligator feet are good mojo, and are considered to bring luck to those who carry them.  Next time I get a shipment of feet in, I will post pictures of the jewelry that I make from them!

Again, thanks everybody!
-Dirty Mary
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2007 11:18:43 AM »

hmm i thought that was just rabbit feet, not all animal feet :S do you sell these?

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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2007 12:08:13 PM »

Dirty Mary, I think the goat foot makes an excellent focal point -- it's a very interesting shape and I'm betting the texture is really interesting.

This particular necklace seems a little unbalanced, though. I might lean toward fewer other beads to *really* focus on that hoof. Or possibly mix in some lighter, natural colors like the greens in the dyed bone or lighter browns. That's my instinctive reaction anyway.

And speaking of feet... I have a Scottish grouse foot brooch which I found at a resale shop for about $8, believe it or not, which I absolutely love, AND a small gator foot as well. I used to keep both of them in my car to protect my travels. Footses are great.

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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2007 08:18:22 AM »

Summer_lover - Yes, rabbit feet are a widespread symbol of good luck, but strictly in the vodou (vodun, voodoo) religion, chicken and alligator feet are good luck (good mojo) as well.  And yes, I do sell all of my jewelry, but I am currently without website, so if you would like to talk to me about purchasing something, you can PM me.  Thank you so much for your interest!

Dorion - I agree that it is unbalanced.  I was thinking maybe larger beads surrounding?  I think the lighter colors would really help, too.  I have a bunch of hooves, so I'll try your suggestions next, thank you!  Oh, and that grouse foot sounds amazing!  What a great find!  My favorite foot that I ever had was a raven foot.  I gave it to my brother a few years ago, though.  Thank you for your suggestions!
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2007 09:14:06 PM »

That's a goats hoof?! It's really pretty. When people would comment on it, I would always have to tell them it was a goat hoof! It's so unique! I love it!!
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