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I've got an old aquarium that I wish to convert to a terrarium some time in the future. I like the concept of mini-ecosystems. But I never would have dreamed up the likes of the mini-terrarium jewelry of Woodland Belle on Etsy.

Mai McKemy's whimsical jewelry are inspired by nature as she lives near the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Her charming little sculptures are encased inside small glass globes and little vials.

The tiny flowers, butterflies, mushrooms and moss do remind one of a lovely walk in the woods.  Check out her store - she also makes twig jewelry!

Modern terrariums go back to Wardian cases, the glass cases first invented around 1829 by a Victorian physician, Nathaniel Ward, who was an amateur botanist.

He actually discovered the terrarium by accident when fern spores germinated in a glazed case he had for moth cocoons containing a bit of soil. He had been unable to grow ferns in his London garden due to pollution. So this was his eureka moment - he realized the case allowed him to grow plants free from outside influences.


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  1. Thanks for the historic outlook! And the jewelry is amazing! Mini/micro terrariums and aquariums are a big hit over here atm. Small glass cubes with one or two animals and some plants.

  2. Beautiful work. I don't think I would have the patience to do it.

  3. these are so cute!! love them!

  4. These are adorable, and inspired me to make some real terrarium jewellery! Unfortunately all I had to hand was a plastic 'test tube' that once held glass beads, but I'm on the lookout for some tiny pretty perfume bottles.

  5. Very cute. The ring puts me in mind of a pacifier. :-)

  6. I love them, but where could we buy the little glass dome to make them?
    Thanks for the post :)

  7. I think they are the glass pots but upside down. As to where to get them, I have no idea as I don't make such jewelry. Try googling glass jar manufacturers. Good luck!

  8. Hi, can anyone tell me how she made the butterfly so small or maybe a tutorial. Iv look all over the net and cant find anything. I'm dying too find out

  9. I'm not sure if she made them. You could print out paper ones or try scrapbooking supplies! Have fun!


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