Fossilised Pebbles – July COM Design Challenge and Giveaway

June 15, 2016 , In: Blog Hops

So it’s my turn to host AJE’s July component of the month design challenge and since we’re heading into holiday season I’ve decided to launch it early to give everyone plenty of time.

I live in the south of England very close to the World Heritage Site Jurassic coast – famous for the incredible fossils that can be found there…

I decided to use this as the inspiration for my components and used some of my own deathbed ammonites to create these fossilised pebble pendants. They’re made from stoneware clay and I’ve stained the ‘fossil’ section with various oxides to give an aged earthy look. The rest of the ‘pendant has been glazed to give the smooth appearance of a weathered pebble. The AJE team will be creating jewellery pieces with these components and I will also be giving away a pendant to two of our readers who can then join us in the challenge.

If you’d like the chance to play along with us here’s the deal…

  • I will give away two pendants of my choice to two winners selected randomly from those who leave a comment on this post. Please note: your comment must include your email and blog addresses so we can contact you should you win.
  • Please only leave a comment if you can can commit to creating a finished piece and blogging about it on the reveal date.
  • The names of the two winners will be announce on Saturday18th June 2016.
  • the giveaway is open to participants from all countries but please be aware, components will be mailed from the UK and international postage can take up to 3 weeks.
  • The blog reveal will take place on Saturday 30th July.
Good luck – I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone is inspired!


Lesley Watt

Lesley Watt started making jewellery in 2009 with a handful of hobby store beads but quickly discovered art beads and became completely smitten. Taking courses in metal clay, metal smithing, enamelling and etching she began making her own components in 2011 and has never looked back. Always looking to try new things she has branched out into ceramics, bead embroidery, mixed media and textiles.
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    HOW lovely!

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    I would love to participate! My email is [email protected] and my blog is at

    Happy summer!

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    I am totally in on this one and would love a chance to win one of these beauties… and artisticendeavors at windstream dot net. Cannot wait to see what everyone does with these beauties….

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    I am so obsessed with ammonites and love to use them in my jewelry. I love how you glazed them to look ancient
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    Your pendants have a perfectly wonderful worn and weathered look. The colors are great and the design is fabulous. I would love a chance to design with one. Email at paisleylizarddesigns (at) Blog is

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    The pendants are beautiful. The blue ones speak to me about the earth and its beauty.
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    Love these, and sandi (at) Very beautiful design.

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    Oh these are great Lesley. Pop my name in the hat please! (melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com and beadrecipes dot wordpress dot com)

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    Wow, these are amazing! I can't help but put my name in the hat:
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    beautiful pendants! I love your Inspiration.
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    I love fossils too – have spent many happy holidays hunting up and down the Dorset coast 🙂
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    I would love to join 🙂
    saraccino (at) gmail (dot) com

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    I would love to win one of these, they are awesome.

    craftyd3 at yahoo dot com

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    You've outdone yourself, Lesley! These are just gorgeous! You know that I hope to get a chance to play along… fingers crossed! 🙂 [email protected]

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    Perfect for the summer. Email: [email protected]

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    Your fossilized pebble pendants are lovely. Count me in on this one; fairies [email protected]; Thank you.

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    I became interested in ammonites just recently and even lost a bid on a fossil on Ebay 🙁 Your pendants are so beautiful, I would love to participate in the challenge – e-mail [email protected]; blog

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    I love these beads. So pretty. I can just imagine what beautiful pendants they will make.
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    Very pretty. Would love to win one of these beauties!
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    I would love the chance to work with any of those gorgeous focals!
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    Ammonites are one of my most favorite fossils. I would love to go to England and stay a week wandering about on the beach where they are. I have made shrink earrings from a carved stamp, I have several molds of them, I just love them. Your beads are wonderful! Thanks for sharing. Toni [email protected],

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    Hi Leslie, I can't participate in this challenge because I've too much on my plate right now. But I just had to comment on how much I love these pieces, I grew up loving fossils as well because we had of ledge behind our house that was the edge of an ancient lake. I can't recall finding any ammonites but I did find trilobites, multiple types of coral, and even arrowheads.

    I love these pieces because you have added the additional texture around the ammonites just like a fossil is found in its natural state.

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      Thanks Anne – that's very kind of you …glad you like them :0)

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    Lesley, these are gorgeous. You have captured a fossil so well. I love how you made the textures and colours different to show the fossil part off. Can't wait to see what everyone makes from them.

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