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My own personal 13"neck torc, a 'Torc' or Houwers torc. 'Torc' is irish for boar, and my surname 'Houwers' is Dutch for the tusks of a boar.

The idea of a torc like this has been in my mind for a long time, but never did I get a design down that really felt 'right'. In the end, I went for a raw, and natural handcrafted look... much like older silver-smithcraft. I adore the raw and yet delicate look of this torc, and I'm proud to say that it finally feels right. It feels like a 'me' item, it is part of me.

The tusk caps contain a small Celtic boar-head, of which the neck and bristles go into a braid that wraps around the tusk. The back panel of these caps are just smooth silver.

The tusks of this torc are the smaller tusks, and come from a respectfully hunted animal. I know the hunter personally, and have great respect for him. All parts of the boar were used and honoured, and nothing went to waste. I requested the tusk for personal and spiritual reasons, and this is the result.
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Erik-Blackboar Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh! This is a really interesting idea! I really like the boar-head caps on the tusks! 
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newmommy47 Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i have just started using silver clay for torcs like these, can you give me any advice?
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watchingonahill Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
It is very beautiful. Although I wonder, how do you get it on and off?
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Mojo-Coyote Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
This is beautiful. I Love this piece
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ScareLight-Story Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
love it!
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Arradir Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Most incredible torc that I've seen. You've created a wonderful piece!
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Arradir Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Best torc design I have ever seen.
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Grymskald Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This may be the most stunning piece of work I have ever seen.
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LBProductions Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
stunning <3
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Illahie Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D
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Quilsnap Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012   General Artist
fantastic work, and concept
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks!
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Waldgeist86 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Well done! Truly beautiful work :-)
Ive been fascinated with braided metal like this for quite some time! Ive attempted it but couldnt manage to braid the wire tight enough. You wouldnt by any chance be willing to offer me pointers on this technique would you?
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Illahie Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sure, send me a note and I'll see if I can help! Just a heads-up though; this is my busiest time so if I don't reply straight away don't think I'm ignoring you!
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Waldgeist86 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Thank you you're kind to be willing to help me out, but I actually ended up figuring it out the other day. I thought it was braided all along, but realized it was a series of wires twisted one way, then put together and twisted the other way. Cool technique!
Anyway,I wish you the best of luck in your projects and enjoy the season :-)
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BoondockSaint93 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Goood *-* I want one! <3
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Illahie Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D
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BoondockSaint93 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:3
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Khurzen Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
do you sell something like this?
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Illahie Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
They are made on commission yes, but the price depends on whom delivers the tusks and the size of them obviously in regards to the custom silver fittings
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WicasaWakan Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Someone from the movie industry really needs to see this. Beautiful!
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:iconillahie:
Illahie Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
If you know anyone feel free to point them in my direction; I've been trying for years!
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WicasaWakan Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
:nod: haha
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silvervixis Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
very nice!
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Williamjohn Featured By Owner May 27, 2011   Artisan Crafter
I Love this and the story with it.
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you kindly! I felt urged to share it, as it is what makes up the meaning of the piece for me
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joesg2 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Can I pay u to make me one like that
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Illahie Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I do take commissions indeed :) I'll send you a note with all the information if you'd like
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joesg2 Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Id love that thank you
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Khurzen Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I want one too :D I'm from Chile
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Otismanx22 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
I love how original and beautiful this is! Great job on this piece, I admire your talent. I also admire the fact that you made sure the animal wasn't wasted, most don't care. Your personality shines through your work, I really respect you!
You will be watched! :heart:
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much for that kind compliment, and I hope you'll enjoy the watch!
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Otismanx22 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
I'm sure I will! :D
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sentinelsetting Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
This is really stunning, the boar tusks add a nice and more personal touch to the entire piece. The little celtic boar heads are gorgeous, and as always your attention to detail is amazing! Beautiful, I hope to see more picture's of these elsewhere!
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Illahie Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:) Thank you! I'm sure it'll feature in protrait pictures, and ID shots to come!
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sentinelsetting Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
Yay C:
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Sckee Featured By Owner May 18, 2009   Digital Artist
This is just beautiful...and so much thought behind it! Awesome job.
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Sheepsterama Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
This is beautiful and full of meaning. <33 Awesome piece.
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Illahie Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you kindly :)
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koishii-kitty Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
oooooooooo this is stunning! I would love to wear something like that. you put amazing quality into what you make. very pretty and i love the fact that is is from a respectfuly hunted animal.
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Illahie Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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AlterEgox5 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
That is fantastic.
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Illahie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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kejra Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008
just WOW *_* :D
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Illahie Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Nimpsu Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Student Interface Designer
Really beautiful :)
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Illahie Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you kindly :)
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theweirdsisters Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
Simply gorgeous.
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Illahie Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you kindly!
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