Over the summer, a neighbor knocked on my door with a sad but beautiful road kill. It was a Rattlesnake, Diamond-Back to be exact, of about 3 feet long.
I accepted the Divine gift from Nature and decided to honor its life and beauty by encasing the skin into a ring.
After a month of treating the skin in a mixture of glycerin and alcohol, the skin was ready for use.
Any other piece created with snake-skin prior to that day, was purchased from a leather store in LA.
This time, it is my very first rattlesnake piece made from a snake that I skinned myself, and I feel a new energy from salvaging its unfortunate destiny.