This pendant is so darn difficult to photograph. I sculpted the wolf head from polymer clay then painted it with a paint made from finely ground copper in acrylic resin. After the copper paint dried I patina’d it with a chemical compound made by the same manufacturer as the copper paint. The chemical actually oxidizes the copper to a beautiful verdigris. It’s a gorgeous effect, but difficult to capture with the camera.
I’ve done bead embroidery to complement the wolf, using turquoise beads at the bottom and a flat faceted piece of Peruvian Opal at the top. The little bit of bead embroidery uses size 11 (eleven beads to the inch) Delica tube beads – a very consistently sized Japanese glass seed bead – in copper-lined glass, bronze, and a few shades of turquoise and green.
I finished the bead embroidery by trimming the backing close, gluing on a piece of ultrasuede, trimming the ultrasuede, then covering the edges with a tightly spaced whip stitch using two strands of embroidery thread.
The bail is peyote stitch worked along a straight row of seed beads at the top of the bead embroidery. I threaded a beautifully supple piece of braided leather through the bail and finished the necklace with copper cord ends and clasp.