I recently purchased an adorable Sloth Necklace for my niece. She LOVES it! And apparently it is handmade. I decided to look up information on how jewelry is handmade (or just made in general, because I literally have no idea), and I found a great article talking about how much of a craft it is.
The necklace is made of silver and it depicts a sloth hanging from the chain like a sloth would hang from a branch (aka, upside down). I never really paid much attention to sloths until my niece decided she was in LOVE with the species. Now I’m also a fan – they are SO CUTE!
It’s amazing how slow they move. This is due to their slow metabolism and the fact that they only consume plants – this way they conserve their energy.
Also, did you know that they are related to anteaters!?? This seems highly unlikely as they look nothing like an anteater.
Did you know that sloths do not poop or pee from the high branches? They make a weekly (yes, weekly) trip to the forest floor to do their business.
Sloths also have a one way esophagus – they cannot throw up! This is amusing. But evolution has allowed these little critters to hang upside down for hours on end. Did you know that sloths are great in the trees but also the water? Yep – they are great swimmers too!
In order to camouflage themselves high up in the trees they have evolved to allow algae to grow on their fur! This is pretty amazing – and shows the symbiotic nature of how things can evolve.
Anyway on to the jewelry making:
First there’s a great YouTube video of how to create stamped jewelry:
Now apparently making jewelry is NOT that hard and people can really do it themselves for the most part. However you do have to have the right tools and some patience.