Osteal Jewelry

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Osteal Jewelry, founded in 2009. Earthy, Natural, Cruelty Free. Bone Jewelry

+ Osteal is against animal cruelty, trophy hunting, trapping, fur farms, factory meat farms and breeding facilities.



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"I Don’t Speak Human - #2" - Self - (c) Ysambre Fauntography 2014

i’m gonna take a moment here - and use these beautiful photos as an opportunity.

In a community that spends lots of time outside, looking for bones, i’m sure we’ve all seen LOTS of trash.

Lets make a promise, as Scavengers, as Nature Lovers, as Outdoor Enthusiasts - to pick up the trash. Even if it’s not yours, even if its wet, even if its been there for 20 years.  We have a chance to keep this beautiful land full of treasures and not full of garbage.

I pledge to always pick up garbage i find in the woods when i am out searching for bones!

will you make the same pledge?

(i bet lots of us already do this, thank you !)

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Specializing in bone and copper jewelry

Self portrait. Feeling lost and awkward.

April 2014

raccoon skull

Available now! Go get some before they’re gone!

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Asker zombieago-go Asks:
Hello! I just have a quick question if you have a moment. When you use vertebrae in your necklaces, do you coat them with anything for strength? I have 3 raccoon vertebrae I'd like to use in necklaces for myself and two close friends except I don't want them to break with wear. Is that just a risk I need to accept?
ostealjewelry ostealjewelry Said:

hello there,

you can coat them with a shellac or varnish if you like - it might keep them from chipping or cracking, but it will not change the overall integrity of the bone.

It’s truly up to you and your aesthetic i suppose - i like bones to look really natural but as ripewickedplum said: “epoxy would harden and stregthen it!”

in general: older, weathered bones are more likely to chip and fracture.

but all in all: intact bones are pretty strong - they should hold up just fine to every day wear. Just make sure they take them off before showering/bathing or any sort of rough-housing.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
How would you honor a skull that as you were cleaning it you discovered it had been shot? (definitely not shot for hunting/food)
ostealjewelry ostealjewelry Said:

Honestly, most end up washed partially in my tears.

I mourn each and every animal that was killed because humans think they ‘know best’ or ‘are allowed’, or because that animal was deemed a ‘pest’ …. i cry because i don’t understand how you kill something so beautiful . … because sadness is the appropriate response to a senseless death.

I clean them, carefully, lovingly. I bath them in essential oils and incense smoke the way I’ve seen done in old religious ceremonies. I treat them as Sacred. I name them, i find a good place in the house for them to be safe (often by a window or with other similar animals)  and i talk to them often - reminding them that not all humans are thoughtless and cruel.

luckily i don’t live in a ‘ranching’ area, and this side of Washington is pretty aware of the impact humans have on wildlife. 

i mostly come across roadkill. Which in reality is no less sad - we build a road through their home, fill it with Super Fast moving cars, trucks and trains and then - when they’ve been struck - we leave them there on the roadside like garbage. it’s horrifying.

okay, i’m gonna go hug my cats and try not to cry now….

Self Portrait with Roadkill Coyote Skull : Read more about the Birthday Coyote

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