Never mind baubles and gems. You can make some striking jewellery from a number of other items, including bear claws. You can make bear claw jewellery that is fairly simple, or use several to create a wreathlike adornment around your neck. You only need a little imagination and some simple supplies to get you started. A few tips will also help you make bear claw jewellery that’s as unique as you are.
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Things you need
- Bear claws
- Jewelry mounts
- Pliers and other tools
- Very heavy-duty glue
Get your bear claws. You can find bear claws if you stumble across a dead bear in the woods, but that is highly unlikely, and you’d have to pull the claws out and clean them yourself. Contact some of your bear hunting friends or order the claws online. Before ordering, make sure your state okays the sale of this item. Black bear and grizzly items are sometimes banned. Make sure you are buying from a reputable place that obtains the bear claws legally.
Decide what you want to make. Necklaces are a good choice because they are out of the way and lie flat against your upper chest. You can create a pendant the easiest, or use several bear claws attached to a chain to make a wreathlike and very striking necklace. Bracelets and rings are also options, but they are going to require more care, both in creating and wearing.
Gather materials to create your bear claw vision. A necklace of any sort is going to need a main chain or leather strap to which everything is going to be attached. You will also want wire, pliers to secure the wire, a heavy-duty jewellery glue for securing the claws into their mounts and any other small gems or adornments you are going to add to the piece.
Attach the bear claw to the proper parts. For necklaces and bracelets, each bear claw should be set in a mount of some sort at the base of the claw with a small loop at the top. A pendant can have a single claw while the wreathlike necklace and bracelets will have as many as you choose. Rings or earrings can have the claw attached directly to the ring or earring base. Make sure to use a super-duper heavy glue for best results. You don't want to lose your bear claws.
Add any extras. You can glue small gemstones, interesting wire pieces or adornments to the base of the claw or even to the claw itself. Again, use a very strong glue that dries clearly for best results.
Tips and warnings
- Bear claws are used by the bears to rip things to shreds. Remember this. If any of your jewellery contains claws that stick out, the claws can get caught on things.
- If you can't find a bear claw, you can use a wolf claw or even a pig tusk using similar methods for creating equally dashing jewellery.
- While a bear claw ring with the claw sticking out from the base of the ring looks very, very cool, it can also be very, very dangerous. It could poke someone.