Polymer Clay, Dichroic Glass, Crystal, and Sterling Silver - Totem Pendant
"Sun Spirit"

In the Native American cultures the turtle is a sacred figure that represents Mother Earth.
The meaning of the Turtle symbol signifies good health and long life. The turtle has great
longevity living up to 150 years. According to Native American legends and myths of the
Eastern Woodland tribes the turtle played a part in their Creation myth. The Earth Diver
turtle swam to the bottom of the water that stretched across the world. He surfaced with the
mud which the creator used to make the earth.

The spiral design which is hand carved and hand painted on the back side
represents a life journey. The colors on the back are a beautiful teal green with a bright
yellow spiral.

I made this pendant with polymer clay and two and sparkling dichroic glass cabochons. The
design is done with a terracotta color clay with white, green, and pink
accents. It reminded me of carved soap stone. I also did some iridescent work and created
a beautiful sun pattern around the center cabochon. Then a given a glossy finish to seal in
the paints.

I set Peridot stones in for her eyes. Around her shell is a circle of glass crystals.

Peridot = This stone was believed to be a stone of springtime by ancients who
considered it a gift from Mother Nature. Napoleon once made a gift of Peridot to
Josephine as a symbol of undying love and admiration. It is mentioned throughout
the Bible, and early Christians considered it sacred. It is a stone of lightness and
beauty. It is a protector against negative emotions.

The turtle has an arm span of just under 2 and 7/8 inches and she measures 3 inches from
tip of nose to end of feet.  The bail and jump ring are sterling silver.
*Chain shown in pictures is not included with the pendant.


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Close Up
*Chain is shown as example only and
is not included with the pendant.