Japanese Artist Hand Carves Pearls Into Beautiful Tiny Skulls

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Tokyo based Shinji Nakaba has been mesmerizing his followers since 1974 with the most beautiful jewelry, being different to most artists – he creates ‘wearable sculptures’ which usually comprise of some rather unconventional materials.

One of his most beautiful examples would have to be the pearl skulls he makes into the daintiest pieces.

“I just want to bring brand new life to something that has no value,” Nakaba tells Magnifico.  On his Etsy profile he explains, “I use not only precious metals and stones, but also everyday things, such as aluminum beer cans, plastic bottle, or even garbage.”

Nakaba has attempted many different designs on coral, crystal, ivory and some precious stones, but his discovery of pearls which lack cores has definitely grabbed attention. Easier to carves as they don’t peel or shred, smoother, more detailed designs are possible.

On his website, Nakaba says this about his pearl skull carvings:

“I’ve experimented with different type of materials to carve out skulls but the ones I carved out of pearls are by far the best in terms of the durability. I also thought the contradiction between pristine pearls turning into these dark objects seemed even more appealing. I would call them Fairy Skulls.

Only pearls can make my idea of ephemeral beauty into reality.”

Nakaba is also famous for his other magnificent creations, made from aluminium, various necklaces, rings and brooches as well as Ikebana inspired pieces – a disciplined art form which details the layout of flower arrangements.

Check out his website work.s-nakaba.com and Etsy

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Kash Khan is the creator of Educate Inspire Change(EIC). He founded EIC in 2012 to help keep people informed, to encourage people to expand their consciousness and to inspire people to reach for their dreams.
Since 2019 he has been going through the most transformative period of his life working with Sacred Plant Medicines out of Costa Rica and is now focusing much more on creating conscious content with the sole purpose of giving people more self-awareness so that they can heal mind, body & spirit and live a full life of meaning and purpose.

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