The handheld rattle-drums are between 9″ and 10″ tall and most are made with tanned hide, although I do also work with rawhide (see the paw print rattle). Using tanned hide creates a softer, more natural sound (not deep or echoing). Unless otherwise specified, inside the body is a combination of seeds, beads, tiny rocks, and dried beans.
And the embelishments are all sorts of different things: feathers, sinew lace, beads, rocks, bells, wire, charms, and bits of jewelry. The handles are natural cedar that I peel and sand myself.
The paint I use is leather-specific paint, designed for wear-and-tear and flexible enough not to crack when the leather moves. I also seal each drum (except the unpainted ones) with a conditioning leather sheen to protect from scratches and smudges, and also to provide a nice glossy finish.
These rattles are perfect for gatherings, ceremonies, to clear the air in a space, or as unique decor for a special spot in your home. If you resonate with a particular animal and would like to see it on a rattle, let me know and I'll make one just for you!
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