Polymer Clay, Dichroic Glass, Crystal, and Sterling Silver - Totem Pendant
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.
(shown in inches)
|*Chain is shown as example only and
is not included with the pendant.