This week The Ecology Box's D.I.Y., was a pair of gold-leafed, pearl and bronze, coyote tooth earrings.
I adore coyotes. Growing up I would leave my bedroom window cracked on even the hottest summer nights just to hear their little howls. One might think that sounds out of place living in the Midwest, but coyotes are actually native to the Hoosier state. Prior to the settlement of Indiana, coyotes were primarily restricted to original prairie regions to the state. With the clearing of forests for farming, coyotes have consistently expanded their distribution. Today, coyotes are found throughout Indiana and they're known to wander into towns and urban communities looking for food and mischief.*
Population control in the form of hunting and trapping is legal but, personally; I prefer my coyotes living.
So noting that as these teeth were a gift, as well as from an antique shop, I made an exception.
Supplies cost: $20.00
- Liquid Gold Leaf
- Various beads and findings (I used all natural stones, gold and bronze)
- Long, thin-nosed pliers
- Freshwater pearls
- The teeth (a gift from my friend Sarah Kate)
To begin, the teeth were lightly dipped in the gold-leaf, up to the level of the natural tooth-line.
For best results I would recommend allowing the gold-leaf a full day to dry and cure.
Taking a small piece of tape, hang the tooth by the "clean" end to dry. ( I used a teacup turned on it's side.)
Using a your thin-nosed pliers, manipulate the wire to finish all the connecting ends into clean circles. I did mine by pulling the wire around an over sized wood nail.
My best advice if you are new to working with delicate wire and cumbersome pliers, is to buy enough wire to play with.
If at first you don't succeed, try try again!