nature's dye

during afternoon walk today with a friend I found this skull, it was lying at the edge of a field that had recently been ploughed and the newly sown grass was popping up a green sheen. The skull has an amazing patina; I'm considering turning it into a piece of jewelry, a pendant and am thinking of adding some gold-leaf, to make it more jewel-like, more precious and less threatening somehow. 


less threatening
how interesting, what we consider threatening
it's very beauty FULL
and patina...yes. very so much so.
what do you think caused this
incredibly RICH colOUR??????
Saskia said…
mainly Earth, we have heavy clay soil, and as I did find it in the ploughed field, my guess it has been buried for quite some time; there's this sheen you also get on old bits of glass that have been buried for a while.
I haven't gilded it, looking and waiting
Julie S said…
beautiful...deer? wondering if your soil would dye fabric that color?
Saskia said…
oh no, much smaller, most likely a rodent, my guess a muskrat; I'll have to ask one the guy who's in charge of pest control around here.

and what an interesting suggestion dyeing with clay soil, I know it's rich in iron in these parts so maybe that could give interesting results, thx for this idea Julie



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