a memento mori

He was loved and his name was Sammy.

He did not have 12 lives lived, just only this one.

A bad heart was his fate.

He was 14 when his life was taken.

This memento mori is a small love token,

A physical reminder of the love he gave.

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Move over Gaia? I think not!

A Maine Coon Commission

Gaia is still number one, but I will do commissions using cat hair from other kitties. And I got my very first one using the hair of a Maine Coon cat. The cat’s name is Tim and he is the love of his human companion. She, being off to her first year of college, was already missing her beloved cat.

What to do? Bring along a little of kitty as a memento mori in the form of cat hair jewelry!

Here we have the final result: one orb cat hair earrings, spiraled with stainless steel wire.

Earrings made with Tim’s cat hair

A Main Coon cat

A “Pearly White” Christmas Commission

A friend of mine, who also happens to be an excellent artist, commissioned a necklace using cat hair. What follows is the discussion I had with her before I proceeded with making the necklace.

Me: Do you want the cat hair necklace to include some leather/metal in the design?

Her: No. Just make one using cat hair as large white “pearls.”

Me: How about adding an asymmetrical focal point in the front?

Her: No. Just make it look like a string of white pearls.

Me: Can I ask why?

Her: I want people to think it is a pearl necklace, and then be surprised or shocked that they are not pearls but “pearls” made from cat hair.

A small basket of Gaia hair

HELP GAIA!!  I was going to need a lot of hair for this project, probably 28 “pearls”. I began three weeks before Thanksgiving. (She originally wanted to wear it while she was in New York for Thanksgiving.) That was out of the question! I got into grooming mode. Once a week I groomed Gaia, then rolled the hair into tight cat hair pearls.

Two months later… finally! I had enough of those “pearls” to wire a necklace!

Gaia guarding the “pearls”

And the finished necklace— packed up and ready to be worn on Christmas eve!