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The Enchantress by LaughingScarab The Enchantress by LaughingScarab
A necklace of wood beads, entire jewel beetle shells, fine silver with subtle keum-boo gold leafing, and carved ebony; truly a sight to behold. Its irridescent shine and exotic design are sure to catch eyes- and hold them.

Strung on a 16" cord.

It's for sale for at my Etsy store: [link] where you can also see a view of the whole thing.
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friendbeast Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
I've never seen anyone incorporate beetle shells like you're doing. What a cool idea. Do you lacquer them at all, or do they just preserve well naturally?
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LaughingScarab Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
Thanks! They preserve best naturally- lacquer, wax, even epoxy don't stick to them, and neither do skin oils that would damage most organic materials.
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Feantauriel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008   Traditional Artist
Looks very much like something out of a fantasy world :)
I keep scrolling back up to look at how shiny it is!

I'd love to wear something like that..
But, they're real beetle shells? I was reading the comments so I know they are, but...
Eek! Beetles scare me :o So I don't know if it would creep me out to wear the shells.. Maybe.
But they're so pretty!
(my mind is having a battle with itself :) )
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LaughingScarab Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
Beetles are awesome, no one should be afraid of them. The shells don't feel "buggy," though. They feel kind of like polished wood or some strange form of glass, and they jingle against each other pleasantly, so it'd be easy to remain in denial about their origins if you wanted to.
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SpaceDragon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008
Wow! Beetle shell. That's really pretty and creative. Were did you buy them?

Oh, and are those shells natural or painted? Because there are naturally shiny green beetles out there.
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LaughingScarab Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008
100% natural jewel beetle (Sternocera aequistignata) shells from Thailand. I bought them from some guys at a gem show last year, though they can also be gotten through ebay.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow~ So those really are beetle shells on there? I was wondering how you would paint something to get that luminescence and color to them - fantastic job *runs off to check Etsy store*
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LaughingScarab Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
Yep, real beetle shell- nothing quite like it in the world!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
That is absolutely amazing! I'm going to save up, and see if I can afford the necklace -- mainly, because I want to make a full-on dress/outfit to go with it - it's completely inspiring!~
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LaughingScarab Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
That is an excellent idea and I fully endorse it! I'd love to see it with a matching outfit.
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