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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Paliolithic History Blog Hop

Leah Curtis of the Beady Eyed Bunny blog, is hosting a blog hop...a historical one. The time period?


So what is that you might ask? Well, it is the time period that man began. From his earliest introduction to earth until about 12,000 years ago. Yep, that was a looooong time ago! Here are a few little facts about this period of time:

Paleolithic comes from two Greek words--Palaios; meaning old, and Lithos; meaning stone. So, Paleolithic pretty much means Old Stone Age.

People during this time were mostly hunters and gatherers, which meant that they roamed around a lot. They needed to do much traveling in search of food. Their primary food source came from wild animals, birds, fish, wild fruit, nuts and berries.

The Paleolithic period was divided into three different time frames; Lower, Middle, and Upper. Upper being the most recent, and also the time frame of which my creations represent. During the Upper Paleolithic period, people started to draw, and make sculptures. Shells, copper, clay and wood were more popular during the Upper Paleolithic time. Other materials used at this time were bones and ivory. Clay was used for sculpturing statues.

Now to introduce my pieces.

My first piece is made from something I actually got from my last cruise. It was a freebie from one of the shops...a bamboo necklace. I just took it apart, added some shells and there ya have it! Something I might actually wear.

This next piece I handcrafted using Terra Cotta clay. I love my essential oils, and so I knew I wanted a piece that I could diffuse them on. I love the sun and the ocean, and I figured that since the people of the Upper Paleolithic time ate fish and used shells, they were most likely near the water, and of course there is always the sun, it's everywhere.

During this time, too, copper was used to make tools, so I used copper beads in this necklace. I dropped a shell and sea turtle bead to hang on the clay sun pendant, and also used glass beads that had the colors that were probably pretty common during this time. All this is strung on hemp cord, maybe that could represent sinew that was used a lot for hunting purposes...or...who knows,  they may have had this type of material like the cord I used.

Well, I thought I was done, then I remembered one of the pictures Leah posted on her blog about this hop. It was a beautiful cave painting of a bison, and it was PINK! If you want to see this cave painting it actually is in a cave in Spain known as the Cave of Altamira; Bison in the Great Hall of Polychromes.  I love pink, and wanted to do a piece that represented this painting, so.....here it is!

A memory wire bracelet! I love memory wire. They are comfortable to wear, and most anybody can wear the same bracelet, since they are so adjustable.

I used brown and cream colored wood beads, copper beads, shells, and various glass ebeads made of browns, green, clear and pink. Then I added the final touch of pink crackle beads.

So, there you have it. My rendition of the Upper Paleolithic Period, well, the modernized version of that time period. I hope you like. Now go check out the other creations from this hop...

Leah Curtis (hostess) - Beady Eyed Bunny
Shaiha's Ramblings
Julia Hay - Pandanimal
Rachel Mallis - Mint Monarch
Robin Reed - Artistry HCBD
Joanne Tinks
YeeLen Spirit Designs
Karin G. - Gingko et Coquelicot
Dini Bruinsma
Deborah Apodaca
Tappingflamingo Terry Jeanette Carter ***you are here***

Facebook Participants:
Laura Bailey Taskey


  1. These are lovely! It looks like you've enjoyed yourself. Love the addition of copper on the necklace and the terracotta pendant. And that last bracelet is too cute!

  2. I love how you used so many natural elements, it gives so much depth to your pieces. I love the big terra cotta disk!

  3. I can imagine, you would wear the necklace :-) And what a beautiful terracotta focal in combination with the beads. In colours of cave paintings... ♥

  4. I love the idea of using the clay pendant to diffuse essential oils. Delightful to wear I imagine. All you have made is so clever!

  5. What great designs! I love all the thought you put into each piece. That second necklace is a showstopper.

  6. What a variety! I love that necklace. That focal is beautiful!

  7. Beautiful! I really like how each piece is different, but still echoes the time period. If I had to choose a favorite, I would probably go with the second necklace... But, honestly, everything is simply lovely! :)

  8. I love your video on clay diffuser jewelry. I've been searching non-stop
    to find out the safety in putting essential oils on the terracotta clay. It's still polymer, Sonim concerned the oils will eat away at it. Any insight into this?

    1. Thank you for reading my blog and watching my Tappingflamingo video on youtube. This is what Wikipedia says about terracotta..."Terracotta, terra cotta or terra-cotta (pronounced [ˌtɛrraˈkɔtta]; Italian: "baked earth", from the Latin terra cocta), a type of earthenware, is a clay-based unglazed or glazed ceramic, where the fired body is porous." So it is not polymer clay. You are right to research and make sure, because essential oils will eat plastic (polymer).