Thursday, May 29, 2014


I just finished this grizzly claw necklace.  It was made using 20 real ( and legally permitted ) grizzly claws.  

I wanted the narrative of the necklace to be on the impressive nature and power of the claws.  So it was kept very simple,  made with ocher stained smoked brain tanned hide and aged brass beads.

The style was based on some early examples.  Although most of those used red cloth on them instead of hide.   At the time they were made,  cloth was far more valuable than hide was. 

And talking of impressive - Look at the numerous bear claw necklaces that Dr. Whirlwind is wearing.  This is one of my favorite images of the people here.  Strength and pride.   


Saturday, May 10, 2014


Just finished this California Cowgirl purse I made for a good friend of mine.  

I beaded this using a combination of beads ( Size 13 and 14 antique Italian beads and modern Czech cut beads,  with a few 12/o antique Italian beads in the mix. )  I also used sterling silver beads,  and sterling silver Navajo buttons.   Mounted on a "California Poppy" retro tooled Italian leather hide.  

Love having fun sometimes just making things for the joy of it :-)