Steelstack Pendant

INSPIRED BY KATE MCKINNON’S PROJECT on Geometric Beadwork, I designed this pendant with a hyperbolic insert. It’s made using a combination of peyote and herringbone stitches to make two warped squares that fit inside one another. I love the potential of these techniques.


Flat and tubular spiral herringbone stitch

Flat peyote stitch




1 purple iris size 6° seed bead (A)

3 g aqua blue Duracoat opaque 11° cylinder beads (B)

4 g silver-lined matte orange size 11° cylinder beads (C)

8 g midnight purple luster opaque size 11° cylinder beads (D)

5 g matte black size 11° cylinder beads (E)

Smoke 6 lb FireLine braided beading thread

1 gold-plated 6×8mm magnetic clasp

Thread conditioner



Size 12 sharp (short) beading needle

Beading awl


20" (with 3¼ " × 4½ " pendant)

Wendy used the following Delica colors in this project: DB2130 (B), DB682 (C), DB135 (D), and DB310 (E)

1) LARGE Use flat herringbone and peyote stitches to create a square shape that will warp into a triangle as you work, then create a slot by stitching with a temporary thread:

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