Curious Crow Jewelry

Oh! A wonderful artist named Wendy contacted me over the weekend to share with me two new pieces of crow jewelry she and her sister Jenny make together (CuriousCrow Jewelry) and I tickled to share them with you.

Crow Leather Bracelet Etched — Comes in Red, Brass, Copper or Nickel

Handmade Crow bracelet by CuriousCrow Jewelry on Etsy

This was the description of the bracelet,

Crow leather bracelet etched on red brass, riveted to 11/16″ medium brown leather cuff.

I call this one, “My Crows”… I love crows and everyday I have up to about 9 crows that have been coming for breakfast for the past 3 years. I call to them in a loud and high pitched voice, “heeeere crow” (yeah, go ahead and laugh) and most times, I hear them kawing back to me and fly in to eat. What can I say? I love ‘my’ crows!

In honor of them, I have designed this etching with 9 of my dark feathered friends. : )

Your choice of metal: Copper, Brass, Nickel
Your choice of leather: Dark Brown or Medium Brown
– Let us know which you’d like in the notes section when you check out.

Width of leather: 11/16″
Height of etching: 11/16″ approx
Width of etching: 2″
Snaps and rivets are antique brass colored or antique nickel color.
We will make it to fit your wrist. Just measure your wrist snug (not too tight), and we will add 1/2″ to it. Just add it to the notes section when you place your order.

We can also make custom bracelets with words or phrases of your choice. If you would like a custom made bracelet, please convo us.

Please allow 2 days for production, not including weekends or holidays.

 

Crow Necklace Pendant

Crow Necklace Pendant by CuriousCrow Jewelry on Etsy

The description reads,

Our crow design is offered etched in red brass on a sliding, adjustable leather cord.

It has a heat patina and has a nice warm gold color.

Pendant Size: 1″ circle
Leather Cord: 1.5mm
Adjustable from 12″ to 25″

Have an image or words you’d like etched? We can do that for you (Words are free, images will be an additional $5). Just convo us to let us know.

Etching on the reverse is an additional $5.
Please go to this link to add the etching to your shopping cart:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/68199475/additional-etching-cost-on-back-of-1

Magpie, the folk band

Staying with the musical theme this week, I decided to look up bands with corvid-related names and came across a lovely folk duo, Magpie with Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino. I am a big fan of folk and indie music. So let me share Magpie with you.

Magpie

Play one song here (click the little triangle below)

The Magpie by Magpie

From their own website, a biography of their band and themselves,

Magpie – Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino a brief biography

Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner began to play music together in Kent, Ohio in September of 1973. They chose the name Magpie for their band, a name which grew in personal significance for them as years went by. Terry was a student in her senior year at Kent State University in the fall of ’73, and when she graduated the following spring, she and Greg packed Greg’s VW bus and moved to the Washington, DC area. In the years since then, they have traveled and toured extensively, performed in concerts, at folk clubs and festivals around the world, and recorded many times.

The Crow from Six Feet Under

Copyright HBO (Six Feet Under)


I have been watching Six Feet Under and the opening sequence includes a corvid. I thought it was a raven because it is much bigger than a normal crow and its feathers around the neck are shaggier, it also has a larger bill. So, I did some research and here is what I found out. It was a trick. It is indeed a crow but not an ordinary crow which is approximately 40–50 cm (16–20 inches) in length. It is being portrayed as an American Crow but it is reportedly a painted Pied Crow (Corvus Albus) which is often thought of as a small raven and is approximately 46–50 cm (18.1 – 23.6 inches) in length.

In the Season 1 commentary, the Director mentions that they used a Pied Crow which is native to Africa for the opening sequence and they painted it black to look like an American Crow instead of using an actual American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) because it is illegal to film a crow in the United States under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act,

All native species of birds, with exception of upland game species (chukar, pheasant, quail, grouse), introduced species (starlings, house or “english sparrows”, and feral pigeons) are protected by the MBTA. Migratory birds, their parts, nests or eggs may not be possessed, transported, imported, exported, purchased, sold, bartered, or offered for purchase, sale or barter without appropriate permits.

According to the USFWS Law Enforcement Division,

Use of birds for filming is not allowed in the United States, unless the film is produced for the purpose of wildlife conservation education (National Geographic or Discovery Channel films, for example). Commercial use of migratory birds is prohibited. This would include using birds in films produced for entertainment or commercials.

I guess we learn something new every day. The bird is beautiful but not right in it’s natural state for the opening sequence, not dark enough, or so I imagine. And our ordinary American Crows are not film-able in the United States. Thus, we get a painted Pied Crow in the beginning of every episode of HBO’s Six Feet Under. The ironic part of all this is… we are allowed to legally kill crows, just not film them for commercial purposes. Exploit them — NO WAY! Kill them, sure. What strange laws we have.

Copyright HBO (Six Feet Under)

According to HBO’s Six Feet Under Behind the Scenes,

Lane Jensen of Digital Kitchen wrote, “The thing we discovered about crows is that it is illegal to film true crows in the United States for commercial purposes. This crow was actually a pied crow. it has a white chest, so we painted the chest black. It was not very well trained, and it had to be on a leash, it didn’t want to fly. “

Alan Poul from Six Feet Under wrote, “The thing that sticks out the most is the crow. Every effects house had come in with some kind of death-related imagery. But the crow seemed like something that was not so literally tied to the show and not overly macabre, but so evocative of the darker feelings the show would conjure up.”

Crow Cull Petition (Save the crows!)

In attempt to ‘save the song birds’  “Crows and magpies in Britain are to be trapped and killed in the first large-scale trial of culling.”  It has to be more complicated than simply the crows killing the birds. It is more likely a combination of many things but killing off many of any species cannot be the logical first step.

Please, help stop this by reading more here and here AND by signing the petition here.

Plant Your Feathers By Cyndie Morrell (McAuliff)

Today, I have the pleasure of sharing with you a story written by one of our readers, Cyndie Morrell. Now, it’s all hers…

Dedicated to my mom, Faith Booth, who encouraged rather than ridiculed me when I started planting feathers in the pot full of dying foliage that graced the lobby of her apartment building.

Plant Your Feathers

By Cyndie Morrell (McAuliff)

As we walked up the hill toward home, the sound of the crows calling fell down around my ears from the treetops. I was oblivious to the sound of Zeeks voice. The bold, black birds had me mesmerized. Night was descending upon us. The wind whipped leaves around our feet. I heard them chant again; “You’re CAWWWGHT CAWWWGHT”. I knew as they mocked me that they spoke only the truth. I was caught. Caught listening again to this man who loved the sound of his own voice, who knew all the answers.

Suddenly there was a commotion in the sky. Two of the birds clashed above our heads. They beat their wings at each other. Their frantic screaming pierced the oncoming night. They pecked and prodded at each other with beaks and feet. As they pulled apart, I saw one rip at the other with its talons, pulling feathers from its wing. They fluttered to earth, those one, two three, four, five, six, seven blue-black crow feathers. I scurried to gather them before they got lost in the leaves or carried away by the wind.

Crow’s Commentary (a song by CorvidCanine)

I would like to share with you an original experimental metal song by CorvidCanine called “Crow’s Commentary” written and performed by Matthew Borders a.k.a. CorvidCanine. Matthew warns us to listen to it at a low level at first… you can download Crow’s Commentary here.

Crow’s Commentary

Original Artwork by Matthew Borders a.k.a. CorvidCanine

Crow’s Commentary lyrics:

Knocking at your window
But only for a treat
Or perhaps a gleaming treasure
To adore and to keep
Black-blue like the midnight sea
Clever, mischievous master of the sky
Poor human in the window
Who sees not, we share the same tone
In our eyes

Matthew (CorvidCanine) wrote, “the album still has a way to go before it is finished, but I’d like to go ahead and share this song.”

You can learn more about the special project here. Or you can hear all of his music here.

Thank you for sharing Matthew!