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Fossil Hunt

About this design:

I did a pick by this name back in July. It became POD on August 1. (Yay!)


Antique copper chain, jump rings and crimp covers; silk ribbon; Czech ammonites; sunstone; pewter accent beads, XAZ Raku nugget--all LB

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  1. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Wow! These colors sure do pop. Love the design with the silk ribbon and copper chain.

  2. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    What are the shell type beads?

  3. Laud
    Laud says:

    Thanks! This piece kind of put itself together. These ammonites have exquisite cobalt and turquoise coloring. (I wish LB would get in another shipment.) The ribbon is still in stock. The shell-type beads are really sunstone nuggets. They have natural sparkle, which I think complements the matte glass and raku.

  4. gembeans
    gembeans says:

    Wonderful piece! I have those ammonites too and would buy more. Love the color of the silk you used with those little beauties.

  5. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Darling necklace, so happy! :)

  6. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Another outstanding piece Laud. Those ammonites are beautiful and I also love the ribbon.

  7. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Laud, you’ve amazed me again! I’ve never been able to figure out the alure of what I see as “odd” ammonite beads. Why would someone want a bead shaped as a nautical shell? As a native Floridian, I would just use a real shell.

    However, you have now shown me their appeal. This is fantastic! Love the mix of textures!

  8. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Love this design!

  9. Frida
    Frida says:

    Love the colors in this piece! The design is great, the silk ribbon is perfekt with those amonite beads :)

  10. Frida
    Frida says:

    A smal notice isn’t goldstone? Me myself always mix those names ;)

  11. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Very cool design!!!

  12. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Laud, I bought those Czech ammonites during your POD! Still haven’t used them, but love the way you did! This is a fab piece!

  13. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love it, those beads are not easy to work with, you did a beautiful job :D

  14. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Very nice. Love the earthly colors!

    Julie, I didn’t know there were native Floridians still around! I’ve never met one in the 8 years I’ve been here!

  15. PPR
    PPR says:

    Laud: Amazing and fantastic!

  16. Laud
    Laud says:

    Julie, I was thinking of the ammonites as fossils rather than seashells. Real fossils would cost a small fortune and be heavy, so the glass ones have some advantages. Still, I tried to combine elements that didn’t look too manmade, as though someone had simply found the items and strung them together. That was the concept, anyway.

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  18. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    One of my faves!

  19. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    wow! you have such a good eye for things that harmonize. love how the raku & ammonite beads go together… and with that ribbon.. !!!

  20. Bettys Beads
    Bettys Beads says:

    Laud, I’d say you achieved what you set out to do.
    Very pretty…good eye for color and combining components.

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    DbnRose says:

    Really beautiful. I just love your color combination.

  22. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Love the ribbon – - altogether a spectacular design !

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    Jsnana says:

    Hi, I’m new but you all sound like so much fun I couldn’t resist joining in. I thought those really were fossils until I read all your notes. I have always wanted to do some work with real ammonites and I saw a small slice of conch (sp) filled with tinted resin that looked like amber. It was just one thin slice but it got me hooked and eversince I’ve wanted to do something like that as an asemmetrical focal. Now yall know my deepest design secret. Oh well if someone else makes it I want to see it.

  24. Laud
    Laud says:

    Welcome aboard! LB is a fun place; hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

    I made a real fossil necklace about two years ago. It uses fossil rounds and a large ammonite focal. It’s nice, but it’s heavy, and the colors are all grays. By comparison, this necklace weighs nearly nothing and is brighter. Each has its merits, I guess.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I love everything about this piece. The design is wonderful and the colors are fantastic. I would buy this one for sure!

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