Barbie-Sized Shark Tooth Pendant

A few weeks ago, I went with my hubby and kids to the aquarium on Roanoke Island near Manteo, NC.  We had a grand time at the aquarium like we always do.  This time, the best part was digging for fossils in the outdoor area.

The fine folks at the aquarium hauled in a truckload of mine tailings from Aurora, NC.  Aurora is kind of near the ocean, but not exactly on the beach (any more).  There is a phosphate mine in Aurora, and they let people dig in the spoils piles there.  You can find all sorts of cool things there, including fossilized shark teeth.

We rooted through the dirt for awhile and found some good loot.  I only found one shark tooth, and it was pretty little, but pretty amazing.  Check out that little snaggly area on the left!

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I read somewhere that shark teeth are all stylish now for some reason or other, or so say the big-bucks designers.  And that means I was able to find all sorts of instructions online for making my own shark tooth necklace.  Great!

Here’s my first attempt:

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Oh, wow!  I think the shark tooth would need to be just a whole lot bigger to fill out that wire!  You can hardly even see it in there under those coils.

Old broken extension cord to the rescue!

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I peeled the insulation off an old extension cord for about 8 inches.  Do you see what’s inside?  Lots of tiny copper wires.  Perfect for a tiny shark tooth!

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But if you do this yourself, watch out for those little copper splinters.  You only have to step on one with your bare feet once to know what I mean.

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I isolated a strand of copper and then tried it again.

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When wrapping a bigger tooth, artists generally use the wire they are using to wrap the tooth to make a bail for hanging it.  But my wire was way too tiny for that.

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I cut a little piece of 20-gauge wire and stuck it through some of the wires on the back of the tooth.  I could pretend that I did it carefully and followed some sort of plan, but I know you wouldn’t believe me anyway.  I put my reading glasses on, stuck the wire in there until it caught on a few tiny wires, then twisted like crazy until I couldn’t take it any more.  And yes, I do call this art.

The little snaggly part really helped me out by holding the wire tight.

Now I’ve got a little tiny pendant and I don’t know what to do with it!

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Don’t worry, this is not what it appears to be!

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No really, don’t panic.  My son had an appointment and I was waiting in the car.  Check the speedometer:

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Luckily, I had a little portable craft kit along for the ride.

Maybe a portable vacuum cleaner would have been a more efficient choice.  But no battery-operated machine has the power required to clean out MY messy van!  (Plus, this is more fun.  Shh.)

I used some hemp cord and wooden beads and got re-acquainted with macrame.  It’s been a long time, but I guess it’s one of those things like riding a bike.

Here’s my secret beading shortcut:

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I use dental floss threaders to slide beads onto hemp or other easily-frayed materials.

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It’s almost like a needle, but the eye is huge, and the floss threader is thinner than most needles.

You can buy floss threaders at just about any store that sells dental floss.  They’re pretty cheap, and you can carry them in your purse without worrying that you’ll stab yourself looking for a tissue.  Or a bandage, if you’re into irony.

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Sorry for the messy photo.  It’s hard to blog while driving.  Or pretending to blog while driving.  Maybe I should say “blogging while pretending to drive.”  Yes, that’s better.  🙂

Once I got home safely (no deadly crashes, no traffic tickets, maybe a few funny looks but I get so many of those I hardly notice) I took a more normal photo.  Here’s the finished ankle bracelet:

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Thanks for stopping by!  Maria

Crafty Quickie: Memory Wire Bracelets

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My daughter and I had a few minutes at the end of the day and she was feeling crafty, so we knocked out a couple of memory wire bracelets.  I chose some glass beads that were purplish and greenish and goldish.  She chose some plastic beads that were sparkly green and gray/blue pearls.  She is a faster beader than her mother.  When we ran out of time, she was already done and I was not, so I clipped the wire and ended it early.

When I conned her into posing for a photo, she wanted to cover her hands because her nails were not at their best.  I just laughed.  Her skin is so beautiful and she doesn’t even know it!  She looked at the photo when we were done and wondered why I had so many splotches and wrinkles on my hand.  I told her it was because I was 46.  The awesome thing is that I know in another 40 years, I may look at this photo and think how young my hands looked.  We never miss it until it’s gone!