Quills

The first little bundle of African Crested Porcupine (Hystrix Cristata) quills that I found became the three rings in the first image. I used them as they came: slightly bent, up to 12" long and very sharp. In 2015 I found a sustainable source for quills and learned how to bend and even twist them with heat and lots of practice. From the beginning I treated the Quill pieces as I would any piece of fine jewelry, respecting the materials and with a high commitment to craft. The original  suite of rings has grown to include brooches, neckpieces and more rings. The triple quill "Rooster" was acquired  by Goshen College in Indiana for their permanent collection. Click here for Quill Brooches.

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