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Walnut Hull Pendant J by DonSimpson Walnut Hull Pendant J by DonSimpson
Pendant carved from a black walnut hull, stained and waxed, and set with a glass ball. About one inch diameter.

The back is ground down so it will hang properly; about 3/4 of the original hull is used.
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Keirii-of-Celts Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
This is very pretty. Such a simple object, yet crafted into a beautiful piece of art!
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Foxfeather248 Featured By Owner May 19, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Just wonderful! I love the designs that you come up with.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner May 19, 2007
:)
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SLiCkDesigns Featured By Owner May 18, 2007
I like the contrast the stain gives the carving, again it makes it look like some sort of old artifact! Where do you get the glass balls for your pendants?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner May 18, 2007
I do like the old artifact look. My usual stain is just a waterproof black ink brushed on and wiped off, and then then maybe scrubbed down with Scotch-Brite abrasive pads.

The crack is where the shell actually was cracked, and I repaired it with glue, but abraded it to make it part of the design instead of trying to hide it. More old-artifacty-ness.

The glass balls are from a garage sale. I think they were originally from a scientific supply company.
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SLiCkDesigns Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
I would have never guessed you were using ink. Great idea. I love how you incorporate the flaw, crack, and make it a part of the piece. Wonderful. I would have never have dreamed of getting little glass balls from a scientific supply company. What a wonderful garage sale find!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
I prefer the ink (basically soot and water) to petrochemically based stains. And my usual finish is a food-grade beeswax blend. I like my art to smell nice as well as look and feel nice (and sound nice, in many cases, like my gourd rattles and nuthull mini-shakers).

Glass balls are a standard laboratory item. Buying them direct from a lab supply is probably expensive, the pricing for sale to academics and corporations. I love garage sales, though you never know what you'll find.
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SLiCkDesigns Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
I guess I should try a garage sale one of these days, sounds like you can find some interesting things. :)
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