in the shop: stellar’s jay necklace

Posted on March 16th, 2015 by mountain girl  |  4 Comments »


The Stellar’s Jay is my very favorite bird in our mountains!  I think they are stunning with their velvety black heads and glowing midnight blue bodies–and they are a true Rocky Mountain bird, inhabiting the entire range from British Columbia to Mexico.  They are also somewhat elusive–I’ve tried so many times to get a great picture of one, and usually end up with a streak of blue flashing by. (I did get a few “meh” shots here a couple of years ago.)


This weekend I made a Stellar’s Jay necklace.  I used a slice of aspen branch from our mountain (probably lit upon by hundreds of Stellar’s Jays in its lifetime) and painted the bird in black and shimmery blue India inks.



The wood is soaked in natural tung oil to bring out the richness of the grain.  I really love that it has a translucent glow when I hold it up to the light.



You can find this necklace at Poco Leon Studio!

4 Responses to “in the shop: stellar’s jay necklace”

  1. Yanic says on :

    Oh my, that is beautiful! We get so many blue jays here. Reminds me of home. I need to set up a little “Mia’s Shop Fund” and just order a few of your pieces, I swear!

  2. mountain girl says on :

    Haha! Glad you like it!

  3. Mimi says on :

    OM goodnesss! Just EXQUISITE and very pretty on you!

  4. mountain girl says on :

    Thanks, Mama!