Polymer Clay, Lampwork Glass, Gemstone, and Sterling Silver - Totem Pendant
"Turtle 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 spiral galaxy design in the lampwork cabochon represents the cosmos and all life.

I made this pendant with polymer clay and one of my handmade glass lampwork cabochons.
The design is done in Bronze colored clay, then baked, hand-painted in colors of Turquoise,
Coral Red, and Bright Orange, and then given a glossy finish to seal in the paints.

I set Iolite stones in for his eyes. Around his shell is a circle of Turquoise stones.

Iolite = Ancients believed that this stone could unlock creativity in an artist. Use this
stone to discover the lost parts of self and your inner treasures. It is a stone of vision
and creative expression.

Turquoise =  Is one of the oldest protection amulets, and was also known as
a symbol of wealth in many ancient cultures. If given a turquoise by a loving friend,
that stone would protect the wearer from negative energy and bring good fortune.
The turquoise is the symbol of friendship. It also brings peace to the home.
Turquoise carries great wisdom of basic truth within it.

The turtle has an arm span of 3 and 3/8 inches and he measures 3 and 1/16 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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(shown in inches)
Close Up
*Chain is shown as example only and
is not included with the pendant.