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Orthoceras ("straight horn") is a genus of a now-extinct nautiloid cephalopod -- a once living, shell like organism. Each stone is polished to better reveal their lovely black and grey and off-white hues, and the vertebrae structure is clear as shown in the photos.
This set is predrilled (front to back) and ready for stringing into a matched necklace/earring set, or for use separately. The largest stone is approx. 39 x 24 mm., with an approx. 2 mm. hole. The two smaller ones are slightly different in size -- the smallest at approx. 34 x 14 mm., the larger at approx. 40 x 15 mm. The hole in this latter pendant (40 x 15 mm. one) is slightly chipped. Each of the smaller pendants has an approx. 1 mm. hole.

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passing the flame2This beautiful book by Corrina Tettinger takes artisans or prospective artisans step by step through the process of making lampwork beads. As mentioned in my last blog on wedding cake beads, the book was recommended to me by a very talented beadmaker from the Institute of American Indian Arts. I highly recommend the book, if only to study the incredible range of lampwork beads. You can usually find both used and new copies on


0 # Janis Evans 2013-08-30 12:22
I am a lampworker and I agree that this is a wonderful book. Corina is also a wonderfully generous teacher. I recently took a 2 day workshop with her and I learned so much! A very talented woman and very personable too!
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0 # So mclaughlin 2013-09-01 02:23
Thank you, Janis! Maybe we should do an interview with you! Let us know if you're interested--
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