Eye of Shiva AKA Pacific Cat's Eye

by Judy Larson
Found in the warm sea bed waters off Thailand, Indonesia, and Australia. the Eye of Shiva, also known as Pacific Cat's Eye, is actually the operculum of the Turban Snail. When the snail feels threatened, it can retreat into its shell. The operculum closes like a trap door, protecting it from danger. At the end of the snail's life, the operculum detaches and sinks to the sea floor.
Instructions
A number of years ago I purchased a few strands of Eye of Shiva beads in different sizes and shapes. A few were used traditionally as beads, but most I set aside as I thought they would be beautiful bezel set. I made a necklace and two pairs of earrings for my daughter-in-law. Then I put the beads away and forgot about them.
Judy Larson's Eye of Shiva AKA Pacific Cat's Eye  - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, eye of shiva pacific cat's eye
Judy Larson's Eye of Shiva AKA Pacific Cat's Eye  - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, eye of shiva pacific cat's eye
On a recent archeological dig through my bead stash, I rediscovered them and started sketching, using 18mm Eye of Shiva beads as a starting point. While doing this, I kept thinking of all the other beads I rediscovered that would also work as bezel set stones, too. Coin beads make wonderful low-profile bezel set stones. So many ideas-can't wait to get started!
Judy Larson's Eye of Shiva AKA Pacific Cat's Eye  - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, eye of shiva pacific cat's eye
Judy Larson's Eye of Shiva AKA Pacific Cat's Eye  - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, eye of shiva pacific cat's eye

Materials

22 Gauge Dead Soft Argentium Silver Sheet - 6 Inches
H19-22SM6
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Y4-1
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  • Category: Design
  • Technique(s): Design