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Artist turns fish ear bones into jewelry

 


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A local artist's work allows you to wear fish ears on your ears.

Sandy Darnell, a retired commercial fisherwoman, continued her love of fishing and now creates earrings and pendants out of the hard, roughly circular fish ear bones called otoliths.

“I bought my first boat out in Elfin Cove in about 1985,”Darnell said. “That summer, I helped run the fuel dock with a few other ladies and that's how I got interested in otoliths.’’

Otoliths have distinct shapes and sizes, depending on the type of fish they're extracted from. And, much like rings in a tree, otoli...



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