A hand-woven copper wire teardrop, framing a genuine dorset beach pebble with a natural hole.
I collected this earthy brown flint pebble while beachcombing at Weymouth, UK, before wrapping it with hand-oxidised copper wire. The wire is threaded through the hole so that the stone is able to move slightly in the setting. This is a double sided pendant, with decorative spirals on one side and a tiny amber glass bead on the other. The teardrop shaped frame is sturdy and won’t lose its shape.
The hole through the pebble may have been worn by the sea, or left by a fossil sponge which has eroded away to form a natural bead. These stones are often called hag stones or adder stones, and there are many legends about how they were formed.
The piece is wrapped in aged copper wire, which is a bare copper which I have oxidised (tarnished) and then lightly polished to an antique shine. The pendant is then buffed with a protective wax to preserve the finish.