This is the ammonite fossil pendant that I wrote about when I was making it.
I'm working on the ammonite commission I talked about earlier. The top of the shell is fossilized as it looked 100 million years ago...quite amazing. It's a rainbow tinted coil. The back is attractively brown calcified fossil. The ammonite itself will be dark silver with an emerald eye holding a vivid Ethiopian opal. It looks great in purple carving wax. It's fairly realistic, but the ends of the tentacle have a balanced harmony of coil that changes it to a simultaneously more stylized design.
It's in the collection of Pierce and David Ludke.
Length of the pendant was approximatley 3.5 inches. I"m still jazzed about wokring with a 100 million year old fossil.
And on a completely different note, I don't usually take photos of my cat but she arranged herself in such an aesthtic way that this snapshot was irresistible. I'm going back to my bench now to carve rings.