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Real Road Kill Bangles by Lucy Jenkins

British metalsmith, Lucy Jenkins (Update : link no longer works) is an accomplished jeweler who incorporates organic material in her work. Not pearls, shells or wood, but fur from road kill! I never dreamed ethical fur could be in this form. It's perhaps not for most people but this artisan is truly innovative and creative!

Her taxidermist skills helps her add rabbit and hare fur to her gold-plated bangles! She meticulously included the Latin name of the species to the sides of the pieces. The numbers following the name are the road designations where the roadkill was discovered!

Her packaging has a plaque which declares "No animals were killed for the purpose of this piece."


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  1. Hmmm...interesting,not my style but interesting none the less!

    Enjoy your Friday Pearl!

  2. Certainly throws a different light on recycling and is also a potent reminder to drive carefully for the sake of wildlife.

  3. Yes, I so agree with the careful driving part. In Newfoundland, car and moose encounters are all too tragic for both man and beast. Pearl

  4. We just had a wild pig from a road kill and the barbecue was fantastic. And I know of some people who incorporate feathers, teeth etc. in their archery gear and into jewelry.

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  5. These bracelets would be a real conversation starter. They are beautiful and the packaging in nice as well.

  6. i LOVE this! i love that its fur and i love that its ethical and i love that she went out of her way to find roadkill to turn into something so chic!! lucy jenkins is a very intelligient lady

  7. Well, since I wouldn't even pick up the dead possum from my driveway, I think you know this isn't quite my thing. Interesting concept though - there is something for everyone out there.

  8. Just my kind of thing! Reuse, recycle at it's best.

  9. Memorializing the road where the critter died is hilarious to me for some reason. A little morbid, but I have a morbid sense of humor, so this is right up my alley. I love the creativity in these pieces.

    I use bones and feathers and skins in my jewelry and crafts, all from roadkill. Free materials, and sadly easy to find. Often Mother Nature has cleaned the bones already for me, so my work load is minimal. Earlier today I found a massive buzzard on the road. Poor guy was hit by a car. Now his bones and feathers will go towards my crafts. I just have to decide what to make with him. (I typically bury what I don't use to cut down on smell and as a little show of respect for the creature, and it's a great fertilizer for my trees.)

    Another fun thing, sometimes my neighbor's kid comes over when I'm cleaning an animal. He'll help me move stuff or hand me tools, and seems to appreciate the biology lesson I dive into while I'm working. I still harbor dreams of being a vet or zoologist or something, and enjoy sharing the fascinating details of how a body is put together.


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