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It’s rare when you find art that is at that perfect intersection of creative and creepy. I think it’s safe to say, though, that Tokyo-based artist Shinji Nakaba knows how to strike that balance.

Since 1974, Nakaba has been in the jewelry-making business. His specialty is making unique and beautiful pieces that he calls wearable sculptures. His latest project? This series of intricately carved pearl skulls.

“I just want to bring brand-new life to something that has no value,” said Nakaba about his work.

 

I just want to bring brand-new life to something that has no value,” said Nakaba about his work.