Cat Bones, Bug Pendants, Patches… and the Punk Rock Flea Market!


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The story behind these bones: a couple of weeks ago while at the beach Amber and I went up and were walking the train tracks, hoping to find bits of scrap metal, pretty stones or cool shells. We found pretty much none of the above, but did hit the motherload in this incredible little pile of vertebrae, ribs, teeth and the back of what we’ve determined is – a cat – skull.

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We weren’t prepared for this treasure trove, so the only place we could put them was in our pockets, covered in dirt and a little hair (ewww, still grosses me out a bit – we couldn’t wash our hands enough after!). After taking them home, they were boiled, washed and scrubbed with antibacterial soap, and treated with a clear acrylic seal. Then we used nearly ever bone we found and attached them to delicate silver and brass chains, adding a few little beads here and there. Ugh, I’m not usually into the morbid jewelry, but I love these so much!

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Here is what we’ve determined is the back of the skull. Had to look that bit up!

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Here’s what helped us determine what kind of animal this is: the cutest little teeth (also, little claws, but we’ve yet to use those)! Here they are sealed in resin pendants to wear close to your heart:

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Something else I’ve been up to: making more shrinky-dink jewely, this time of cicadas, hawk moths, beetles and wasps! Oh, and I’m also so proud of this little shadow box I made in which I can pin them and keep them safe:

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I drew out the designs first in pencil so I could trace them right onto the plastic with a sharpie:

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Okay: last thing, I promise! Some little rubber-stamped patches (of one of my little girls’ skulls).

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All this will be with me at the Punk Rock Flea Market tomorrow, Saturday June 8th. It goes from noon to 10 pm at 2407 1st Ave, downtown Seattle. Live music, food, beer,¬† lots of vintage and handmade goods and fantastic people. What’s not to love? This is my favorite market, and I’m so excited for tomorrow. Hope to see you there!