Enchanted Forest Antler: wearable mixed media artwork

Did you know that deer shed their horns naturaly every single year? 

It is not a very commonly known fact but it's a fun one. Bucks shed their antlers between January and April, depending upon many factors including the animal’s age and the latitude at which it lives, after the mating season concludes. This shedding procedure takes two to three weeks to complete, while the regeneration takes an entire summer to complete — before the cycle starts all over again.


And so it is that these antler chips can often be found laying on the ground where they can be collected and used in many art projects. Shedding antlers causes deer no discomfort and it is a very ethical manner of collecting these gems. 

As a forest animal, deer is both fierce and gentle, mystical and shy. Both mighty and a prey. That is why they are my favorite animal in the world. Their essence encompasses many sides to life and their beauty is outstanding. A lot of that beauty they owe to their antlers - nature's incredibly stunning design.

Having all this in mind I really wanted to create antler art that would try to portray all of this and be worthy of such wonderful material. I had this vision in my mind of an abandoned antler, forgotten somewhere in a wild forest that had a magical forcefield that started to grow it's own fairytale world.


I combined various elements that seem to be growing directly from the antler, like it's own natural extension. I sculpted this scene in polymer clay, it's done completely by hand with no molds used in the creation, Two polished amethist points have a totem look to them, they remind me a bit of a shiny crystal Stonehenge monolith! 


The pendant feels like a magic want when you hold it in your hand. The top is meticulously handpainted with pigments and after baking accentuated with acrylics too then covered in several layers of glaze for protection and shine. Deer head has to be the most demanding element but it was a good practice since I payed more attention to the shape of the skull and made it more realistic than what I've done so far.


This is #1 grade antler, meaning no chews, cracks, discoloration or anything that would take away from #1 grade. I am delighted with this prototype. Using mixed media makes me very happy since it gives me an excuse to put many of my collected treasures to a good use. Each element is so unique and non-replicable which makes these necklaces one of a kind. <3


Detailed info on antlers obtained from Grand View Outdoors. Thank you for reading and participating in my creative adventures!

Dolores

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