Namib, the most ancient of deserts, a place where life subsists on fog from the sea.
The hook began as a shard of bone found on the Oregon coast, mammalian, but what mammal, I cannot say. I cut out the hook shapes with a jeweler's saw (the spiral plastic blade worked best), and trimmed the edges with my Dremel burs. Beware! Wear a mask if you are doing this. It smells bad and is probably bad for you. But the results make me happy; I love the texture. Finished it off with a good coat of polyurethane and wax for a soft shine. The effect of the dyes on shell fragments is quite delicious, too.
Molkowane palm nut bead from Africa, the Kalahari, most likely made for home use, not trade, and thus it's just oozing mana.
There's no reason to restrict the piece to the neckline -- it could be part of a headdress or looped onto a bag or belt.
Here's a detail shot of the bone hook. It looks fabulously old, right? I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for more material like this as I walk the tide line.
It's always good to explore new directions and think of far-off places. And use alliterations like Namib Nomads.
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