Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Elf Owl Pendant
Out of all my etched copper pendants, this may be the one that I am the most proud of for several reasons - 1) I created this image from scratch, based on my own drawing 2) I got an incredibly large amount of detail into such a tiny space and 3) I made this as a custom request for an 11 year old girl's birthday present - she is really into the Guardians of Ga'Hoole and her father is an ornithologist. She loved it and wears it all the time now.
If you haven't heard of it before, the Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi) is the world's smallest species of owl. Elf Owls live in the Southwest U.S. and often nest inside cavities in giant saguaro cacti.
This is a two-sided pendant featuring a closeup of the adorable little owl in its hole surrounded by a cactus spine motif around the edges of the hole. On the reverse side is a wider view of the giant saguaro with the tiny owl visible peering out of its hole.
And here are pictures of an actual elf owl.