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Orthoceras pendant with bead embroidery

Time Traveler

This fossil is called an orthoceras, and I bought it on our trip to Alaska in 2013.  I've been looking for the perfect project to use it, because I think it is SO COOL, and I didn't want to waste it on just anything.

Recently I've gotten into another pendant-making kick, so that seemed to be the best choice for my little fossil.  The patterning on it is really interesting, and I didn't want my beadwork to overpower it, so I kept it very simple...a few seed beads and a handful of glass pearls, all in black and grays.

Step-by-step instructions for putting together a bead embroidered piece, including back stitch, edging brick stitch, and stack stitch can be found in the free first chapter of Every Bead Has a Story.  Chapter two has instructions for stitching a peyote stitch bezel, and Chapter three teaches the square stitch bail.

1. I used double-sided tape to attach the fossil temporarily to the foundation fabric.  I'm going to do a peyote bezel around it, so it doesn't have to be attached with glue.

2. The fossil has a high dome, so it took 4 rounds of peyote stitch using size 11/0 seed beads, plus 2 rounds using size 15/0 seed beads to cinch it in.

3. I added two rows of back stitch around the piece, plus 3 glass pearls in gray on each side, scalloped by black size 15/0s.  I looked at it for awhile, and eventually decided that was enough!

4.  Cut out the piece, leaving a small edge for finishing with edging brick stitch.  I added a small Swarovski crystal rose montee sew on rhinestone through the hole in the fossil top to hide it (and to further secure it to the foundation).

5.  I added a row of edging brick stitch with size 11/0 seed beads, and went around again, adding stacks of 2 size 15/0 beads to each 11/0.

6. Stitch a square stitch bail to the back near the top.

7. Finished, with a rubber necklace cord.

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Both the fossil and what you did with it are amazing, Cyndi. I love ancient artifacts. Just to touch them and think about where they were and when gives me goosebumps.
Cyndi L said…
Thank you, Eileen. This one will probably be my favorite for quite some time to come. I'm thinking about keeping it :-)
Cherie Burbach said…
Once again, I would have never thought to do that! It looks really cool. I love that you combined an artifact into your bead project like that. You amaze me!
Cyndi L said…
Thank you, Cherie! There's nothing like "specialing up" a souvenir :-)