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Foxfeather Talon pendant by Illahie Foxfeather Talon pendant by Illahie
The jackdaw leg pendant for Foxfeather. This was done using freeze-dry methods.. why? With freeze-drying everything keeps it's original volume, and doesn't look dries out or boney, which does happen when you naturally dry things. The leg is holding a Smokey Quartz.

~To whom it may concern, (please read before accusing me of anything!)
This bird died because it was hit by a car. NONE of the animals I work on are killed for the purpose of taxidermy only and most are found along side the road or come from bird breeders in the area. Also, these talon pendants are much more then just 'cool things to hang around your neck', they have personal power need to be treated with respect. I do not sell these items for that reason, they are earned by people who will treat them with respect.
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Orsjaldan Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Owh... I wanted to post the comment for the fox ring u_u'
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Orsjaldan Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Waw amazing ! Love it *o*
But how do you create it ? Do you make it with lost wax casting technic or do you engrave it ? (I am studying jewellery so I'm curious ^^)
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ScenesAndMemories Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is my fav.
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cindroman Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
as much as it is macabre, notorius, malitious and morbus, it is all the better in comparatio with the hunting antlers-like trophy, selling it like it is a never-ending source of buissnes. I respect that and hope your heart wont get rotten. keep it up.
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Ravens-Eye-Studio Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work.

Thank you for adding that disclaimer. It is good to know.
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Illahie Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you :)
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TheDarkestRaven1608 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Aaawww, poor birdie~ :(
But this looks pretty cool! :D
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Illahie Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Atleast this way part of the memory lives on
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TheDarkestRaven1608 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Absolutely true~ Wish most others would see that.
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Phantom-Daydream Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student Filmographer
That's so cool! :D
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Illahie Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks :)
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XylidineGriffin Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice, and so shiny! What type of glue(?) did you use to keep the stone in place? Just wondering, because I have some pheasant feet and I wanted to do something similar to this with them.
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Illahie Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
It is mostly held in place by the shape of the talon, but for security I sometimes add a drop of jewellers resin to the core of the feet. This stuff can withstand temperature changes and is rock solid
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XylidineGriffin Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Jeweler's resin, hmm. Thank you, I will have to look into that.
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Stumm47 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
They are fabulous! If I were a woman...
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Illahie Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:)
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Rinji-chan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you do the freeze drying yourself? (:
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I used to when I still had a vacuum chamber I could use. Nowadays I don't really use Freeze drying methods
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Gurahl06 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
That is awsome!!!!
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:) thank you!
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RunningWolfShadows Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
beautiful piece
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Illahie Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D
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TheLadyButterfly Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
Very beautiful
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Illahie Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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illiyun Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
beautiful work :)
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you kindly :)
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
**bows respectfully** Finally, another who understands and respects the spirits around us. I was raised Irish/Cheyenne, and fully understand about the spirits and the powers they hold.
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is indeed true. **smiles** Very true. Sadly, too many don't...
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's always good to know there are those left with enough sense in their spirits when it comes to animals and the likes
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Suzuka-no-yugure Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
it gorgeous, i'm glad to see another "roadkill" warrior like myself. It ashame to see people hit animals and not care, as my teacher said when someone tried to be rude about him making such items like this, being part of their question was why pic the animals up to begin with, he said " would you like to be left out on the side of the road to rot?" i personally know i wouldn't.

also i agree the item must be earned, unless it "speaks" to tell you who its for(has happened to me quite a few times, and when inquired about them, i tend to explaine what they are for and talk to people before i ever make them.
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Illahie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Roadkill warrior.. what a fantastic name!

You and I share much the same views on this matter :) Glad to read that!
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Suzuka-no-yugure Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
it good to know there are others, ^_^ i acually found me teacher who taught the art to me by talking about native american foods lol

he live up in canada and we send stuff back and forth (things we need but otherwise can't get ^_^ ) it tends to suprise people when i tell them what i do... maybe i'd worry less but my neighbors dog has a habit of snatching anything left unsecured outdoor... this mean i have to dry and tan using my shed... which make it very hard... she exhumed the fox i buried and carried it to he yard.... and the neighbor recently found it... not saying what i had been keeping that i was able to keep her from getting but it wasn't a pretty sight lol, and i apologized to hime that he had to find it... maybe he might keep his dog in his own yard now XD *shakes head* i'm doing what my teacher told me to do this time around and get some rock to fill in when i rebury v_v maybe she'll give up after that, because red pepper didn't work (she is a boxer, i think its my WIP1 of the fox pelt where i was talking about it in the replies/comments

just so you know its the 3rd time she hasdone this

and it is great to know there are others out there who feel the same as i do ^_^
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KiwiRose Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is beautiful! May I ask what the power is they have?
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VenusinaMarciana Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006
once in the back stage of a teatre i found a bracelat with the for of two jackdaw legs holding each one a a green stone.I was moving some boxez when it apear i got scare at fist but now i never take away that bracelet.
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Illahie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Have you got a picture of that? It sounds amazing!
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VenusinaMarciana Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006
Yes ihave a pic in my scraps not very good we cant see very well the strange green stones but heres is the link ... [link]
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Illahie Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
that is absolutely stunning! Is that silver?
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VenusinaMarciana Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006
yeah is silver, the green stones im not sure they are tranparent with some green lines like thunders within
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Illahie Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've been wanting to cast the talons I have in silver as well... but I don't want to waste the natural legs like the one posted either :/

But it sure looks stunning!
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Correlation Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006
I thought this was just a design for a second. That is so gorgeous. I saw once in the National Gallery of Victoria an artists work also using dead animals in their jewellery. A birds claw holding a dead mouse for a broche (very cute little mouse, probably a baby), and some other ones of birds. Also another artists hat design for the Melbourne Cup using a green bird and feathers in their design. I love this sort of stuff, sorry for the animals though, lol. But they do look pretty :) Side view looks awesome btw.
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Illahie Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
:) thanks!
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Anaealrhan Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I am majorly impressed, with this piece, and with yor reasoning for not selling them. I wish that Mor people had this kind of respect for living beings. The energy that things like this have is absolutely amazing. I would tell you the kind of things tat I have found road killed, but......well......I am sure that you understand. The USA is kinda funny about some of our roadkills.
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Illahie Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank for the compliment! and yes, I understand completely :)
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Darkdragonfly Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2005  Professional Photographer
s gorgious Id love to see a version done in earrings. I have to admit I was a little sad at first but Im so cool with it knowing it died natrually. I tend to harvest bones from roadkill/natrually killed animals aswell
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Illahie Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
I do taxidermy for a living, but only with animals that died of natural causes.

A version with earring is not a bad idea! I'll keep my eyes out for a tiny bird that is not usable for a full mount :) thanks!
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skare-krow Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2005
i like this alot. i think i might use the word harmonius. the jackdaw's leg looks great. i love the way you've bound the leg at the top. simply beautiful.
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jaspenelle Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005
This is completely amazing.
Did you paint it silver or is it electroplated?
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's not silver, it's the reflection of the scanner light on the skin :)

I don't really 'sell' these as the info says on the piece, however I *WILL* be casting these into silver and making pendants of them in the near future :)
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Ash-Nazg4321 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006
i might be interested in getting one of the cast ones...

oh, about the piece: just amazing. it makes me glad the bird was not killed intentionally.
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Illahie Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks!
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