Tackle that stash - Ammonite carnelian pendant

Lately I have been neglecting my wire badly. One reason is that my thumb tires much more easily when handling wire, so I have to take more breaks, another is that the beads simply talk louder and especially clearer to me at the moment. Not literally of course, I'm not THAT crazy.
This pendant started out with a few very bad attempts at a simple woven bezel. It almost felt like my first time doing that. My thumb hurt, my motivation sank, and even the wires started looking tired. I ripped everything up and only a few days later a small idea popped up in my head that you can't even see in the piece anymore.

Often I don't choose a stone or cab and make a bezel for it, but start weaving and bending the wire instead to see if something comes of it, and then I go looking for something that has about the right size and make the two come together.
In this case I tried a fossilized coral, an agate and a glass cab before I found the ammonite.
If you know my previous ammonite pendants, you see that this is not a variation of those, and there are no tentacles! Actually the tiny swirls at the top were there before the ammonite as well, so it's not an attempt to sneak at least something "tentacly" in ;-)

To give the pendant a little more color, I decided to add some beads, chose matte carnelian to enhance the autumn feeling and filled up the empty space on the left. You'll have to trust me on this, there's no weaving underneath there.

Even if it looks as if the woven part on the bottom is flat against the fossil, it's not. I hope this picture can show it a little better.

This is my welcome to autumn :-)


Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

That is such a beautiful piece! I love how you found the spiral shell to go with what you started. And the beads add great color and texture!!!
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Liz said...

How lovely! The matte carnelian beads bring it all together. Don't give up on wire :-)

Cat said...

Thank you, Nancy!
I was really happy that the ammonite worked so well in size :-D

Cat said...

Thank you very much, Liz!
I have three big beady projects lined up and haven't made much jewelry at all lately, so I guess the wire had been a bit miffed lately ;-)

Anonymous said...

I love this piece, Cat! Interesting that you start with the wire. I may need to try that! In any case this lovely piece will be featured in this week’s Creative Compulsions.


Cat said...

Thank you, Michelle <3
I don't always do it, but sometimes it seems to make my brain work differently, especially if I feel stuck. Maybe it feeds the playchild in me?