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Pendant ~ Aquitaine Sundial

Pendant ~ Aquitaine Sundial

A strip of diagonal peyote is flat when the same size seed beads are used. Using several sizes of seed beads in the centre of the strip creates a variation that folds along its length and curves. You end up with a donut-shaped pendant into which a cabochon can be inserted.


This pendant gets its name from a sundial that Eleanor of Aquitaine gave to her husband, Henry II of England in about 1152. Eleanor liked to throw lavish dinner parties but wanted her husband to be back at the castle in time to greet the guests. In those days there were no watches so she had a small sundial made for her husband, one that he could carry in his pocket. There are markings on the dial, 12 for the months of the year, and the numbers 1 to 11. There is also a small hole along the outer ring which spins around the inner ring. To tell the time, the King would move the hole to the correct month and line up the sun through the hole so it shone on the numbers. Where the shaft of light landed would tell him the hour.


This is the 26th project released from my unpublished book Stitching with Seed Beads.

  • About This Design...

    The Aquitaine Sundial Pendant requires Czech seed beads in sizes 6/0, 8/0 (three colours) and 10/0, an 18mm glass cabochon, metal bail, jump rings and your own chain.    


    The PDF tutorial includes a detailed materials list, written instructions, full-colour illustrations and photographs.  It is a digital file that can be viewed on a screen or printed on sheets of paper. There are no beads included with the purchase of this pattern.


    After purchasing the tutorial, a link will be sent to your e-mail address so the PDF file can be downloaded to your computer or other device.  Please note that this link expires after one month.


    The tutorial and project made from the instructions are for your personal use only, and may not be taught or sold in any way, shape or form.

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