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Clay and Gemstone Pendant - Star of the Sea

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The starfish is a beautiful totem. They are a great representative of the concept "As Above, So Below". They are the stars below, mimicking the stars above. Their remarkable ability to sense, move, regenerate - all that good stuff is available to us humans on earth.
Just as the starfish can re-grow an arm, we can regenerate our attitudes, our beliefs, our mind-sets. We can heal ourselves, we can grow knew limbs of thought that take us to higher levels of experience. We can lop off parts of our belief systems that no longer serve us. We can replace these phantom limbs with higher-minded ideals. We can cut off our bad habits, and regenerate good ones.

There are many attributes aligned to the starfish:
Strong, Patient, Ancient, Magical, Healing, Sensitive, Longevity, Renewing, Perceptive, Mysterious, and Resourceful.

Many cultures honor the Starfish symbol:
Christianity:  The starfish represents the Virgin Mary (Stella Maris which means Star of the Sea) who lovingly creates safe travel over troubled waters and is also seen as an emblem of salvation during trying. The star as well as the starfish are seen as celestial symbols and as such, they represent infinite divine love. In addition to love, the starfish also holds characteristics such as guidance, vigilance, inspiration, brilliance and intuition.
Egyptian:  In Egyptian legend, starfish meaning is connected to the goddess Isis. Isis is a mother goddess who had a Salvation Army motto: "Befriending the friendless". In other words, Isis is the mother and friend to slaves, the impoverished and those in dire need. Her connection with the starfish deals with being a guardian to troubled seafarers on the Red Sea and abroad.
Roman:  In Roman mythology, the starfish is a symbol of the love goddess Venus. She was born from the foaming tides of the Adriatic sea. Some paintings depict her with a shell in her hand - others with a starfish. Venus shares a connection with the starfish because she is a sensory goddess, and so too is the starfish. Like the waters she is born from, Venus is a goddess of feeling and emotion. She is also a goddess who governs tactile, physical attributes. The five-pointed starfish is a symbol of two arms, two legs and the top limb as the head. Venus and the starfish make a symbolic duo of love, sensitivity, emotion, and
physical wholeness.
Tsimshian:  Tsimshian is an order of Native Americans who hail from the Northwest Coast of North America. This order is comprised of Tlingit and Haida, of which are divided into two factions: Ravens and Eagles, respectively. Within the Haida Eagle faction, there is a sub-clan. The starfish clan. In fact, starfish are sometimes carved into Haida totem poles to mark the lineage of this branch. Haida picked the starfish as an emblem because they observed it to be super-strong. Its ability to crack into a mussel shell proved great strength. Haida also connected longevity with starfish meaning. They observed the starfish ability to regenerate, and deemed the starfish to be immortal.

There is also a beautiful story about the starfish, the story of an old man coming to the starfish's rescue. He encountered countless starfish stranded on the beach. He tirelessly set to work, tossing each one back into the sea. A young man saw the man flailing about, trying to save all the starfish, and said: "Hey, old man...what's the point? You can't possibly save them all!" To which the old man responded, "Maybe not. But I can save this one, and that makes all the difference."
(We each make a difference, no matter how small!)


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I made this pendant with polymer clay and some gemstones that reminded me of the ocean:

Prehnite = This a stone of unconditional love. It is said to connect to the archangel Raphael. Prehnite enhances inner knowledge, showing the path forward to spiritual growth through attunement to divine energy. Prehnite connects the will and the heart. In so doing one's actions attain the highest good.  Wear prehnite to strengthen your intuition and recognize truths. Used as a stone of vision, it works well during meditation to access higher levels of awareness, stimulating the third eye chakra.

Amazonite = This stone balances feminine and masculine energy. It promotes kindness and practicality. It is an excellent stone for artists. Amazonite is know as the lucky "Hope Stone". It will be lucky for all your hopes and dreams.


Iolite = Ancients believed that this stone could unlock creativity in an artist. Use this stone to discover the lost parts of self and your inner treasures. It is a stone of vision and creative expression.


The design is done with an earthy, terra-cotta color clay. I painted it with some metallic powders and created some beautiful patterns in the clay. After baking I gave it a glossy finish to seal in the powders and paints.

This piece is a nice size, a definite totem statement! :)
It has an approximate diameter of 3 and 1/4 inches, which does not include the bail. The bail is silver plated, the jump ring is sterling silver.


I have this pendant available for sale on my website:
www.beadworx.com/LampworkJewel…
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This piece is very special and every part has a meaning, you put a lot of thought into all of your art. Everything you paint, or form with glass, everything you do is absolutely  beautiful.  You have surely been given a great eye and talent.  congratulations.
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Barb thank you so very much for your kind words! They really uplift me and encourage me! Thank you! 
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Thank you Ash! I am glad you like it :)
You have some great clay work, I especially love the resin pieces! 
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:happybounce:  Thank you! Hopefully I'll be back to crafting in the next couple days :D
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Thank you Lord-of-the-Stars! :)
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