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Copy of Tiny Sterling Silver and Brass Milberts Tortoiseshell Hinged Pendant
Copy of Tiny Sterling Silver and Brass Milberts Tortoiseshell Hinged Pendant
Copy of Tiny Sterling Silver and Brass Milberts Tortoiseshell Hinged Pendant
Copy of Tiny Sterling Silver and Brass Milberts Tortoiseshell Hinged Pendant
Copy of Tiny Sterling Silver and Brass Milberts Tortoiseshell Hinged Pendant

Copy of Tiny Sterling Silver and Brass Milberts Tortoiseshell Hinged Pendant

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It's an itsy bitsy, teeny weeny butterfly!

The Milbert's Tortoiseshell isn't a well known or "popular" butterfly, but it's one of my favorites.  I chanced upon one in late autumn last year.  It was trapped in an empty house that our realtor was showing us. I wanted to rescue it, there was already snow on the ground and it wouldn't survive outside or in, but I had nothing in which to contain it, and having it frantically flying loose in my car in the dark seemed like a bad idea, and so I had to leave him in that empty house.

When we took a second look at the house a few weeks later, I searched everywhere for it.  And sure enough, I found it's tiny body, which now has a place of honor in my studio.

This past summer, I had the door to my studio open for a little fresh air.  All of a sudden, something swooped inside and flew into the large window at the back. I was excited to see I had a butterfly visitor, and even more excited when I realised it was a Milbert's Tortoiseshell!  What are the odds??  She had a torn wing, but fluttered and flapped almost too much for me to be able to catch her.  I opened the door to release her and she flew with strength I wouldn't have expected, torn wing and all.  If that's not a lesson in resilience, I don't know what is!

Tiny etched brass Milbert's Tortoiseshell, soldered to a sterling silver backplate.  On an oxidized and beaded 18" sterling silver chain with handmade clasp.