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Deer Antler DreamCatcher by TWLawless Deer Antler DreamCatcher by TWLawless
Dream catchers have been used by many different nations of Native Americans. Most atribute them to the Objibwa. A dreamcatcher was made to hang over the bed of the young to protect them in their dreams. Dreams were supposed to enter through the feather and get lost in the web. Personal fetishes (beads, animal figurines, etc.) aid in the retention of the "bad" dreams. The bad dreams would remain trapped in the web until the morning light appeared, when the bad dreams would then disappear.

This dreamcatcher is made from a deer antler I found in Colorado at the site of the "I do" fire. The "I do" fire burned 10,000 acres, and is named after the wedding between two firefighters it interupeted. I found this antler along the fence line. The webbing is actual deer sinew (ligaments) and contains one glass seed bead, and one glass pony bead. The feather is that of an owl.
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Rebel-Apolla Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really cool. I love dream catchers. I've got quite a few of them in my room, two them I've made myself. heh. It's really cool how you made it of objects that you found and stuff.
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TWLawless Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, dreamcatchers are quite interesting. The hardest part was using real sinew....it's really difficult to work with. Thank you for your sweet comments.
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Rebel-Apolla Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I bet it's hard to work with. I've always used fishing line or in one case, dental floss...heh. And you're welcome!
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NorskBarn Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006  Professional General Artist
Very very nice, I love that the web is in the forked part of the antler...because I love when people make art like this out of found objects, except that a lot of people do that, and what you've made is more than just art.
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TWLawless Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, what a wonderful comment. I truely appreciate it. It's quite interesting what we can find to use as art.
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wolfsax Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you keep this up i'm going to have to start watching you! LOL!!

did you make the sinew yourself?
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TWLawless Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, that's pretty funny.

As for the sinew, yes. It's real sinew from the back (where the tenderloin is) of a deer. It's been dried and pounded. It's the traditional method for Native American sewing. It's as real as it gets.
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wolfsax Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
sweeeeeet. I just buy the fake sinew on the rolls, cept Tandy's sinew is not as sticky as they used to be years ago.. up until I found this GIANT roll of sinew... it's sticky still :D
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TWLawless Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh, I've used the heck out of Tandy's sinew! I still have a big roll I bought several years ago. If you split is a few times, it lasts forever. If you get in a bind and have to use the newer sinew from Tandy, just rub a block or bees wax on it. That'll make it plenty sticky.
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wolfsax Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i know! I keep meaning to buy a block of bees wax, but I have issued finding it (and the fact I don't feel comfortable buying things offline doesn't help, but *shrugs*).

I actually have a HUGE roll i bought recently from Hobby Lobby for about $15. It'll last me a while
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