The big octopus I'm working on right now is part of a large (3.5" wide) bronze pendant . It's tentacles are holding a large natural garnet crystal on one side. These are round and have irregular facets. This one also has a lovely iridescence. The other side has a flowing seaweed. The octopus is working out to be very individual and vivid. I had originally envisioned the stone being held by an octopus on each side but when I carved this one it was much more powerful by itself. I an always very interested in cephalopods and I've been looking at lots of octopus photographs while working on this piece. And varied as they are, they seem to have a very characteristic movement.
It's late. good night.