Eye of Horus Pendant by Marianna Zukowsky

The Eye of Horus is an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol of healing and divine protection. Create Marianna Zukowsky’s Eye of Horus Pendant with seed beads and a crystal eye fancy stone. Keep reading to learn more about Marianna’s inspiration for this pendant and then get this pattern today in Beadwork October/November 2018.

My fascination with different cultures and civilizations began at an early age. My grandparents emigrated from Ukraine to Canada, purchasing land and settling into a farming community. My earliest recollection is sitting with my grandparents and listening to them tell my siblings and me about early life in the “Old Country.” I thought it was fascinating and magical all at the same time. Then I started school and discovered there were many more cultures, both new and old. I remember one year in a social studies class we were given a choice of countries to write about. I chose Egypt, and so grew my fascination with Egyptian hieroglyphics. To this day, my love for history, cultures, and society, new and old, has not abated.

For years, one of my favorite necklaces was a small eye pendant on a fine chain, but then I lost it. I was a self-taught beader with only 1 year’s experience when I read in a beading newsletter that Swarovski was releasing a new crystal: the eye. I knew immediately that I would try to recreate the eye pendant that I loved all those years before, in seed beads. Hence, my Eye of Horus, Eye of Ra, and Evil Eye Pendants were born.

I had a lot of fun creating these pendants and I hope that anyone who makes this project will also have fun with it. Although the design may look a bit intimidating for a new beader to make, my advice is this: I was new too when I created this piece, so please keep trying because it is worth it.

—Marianna Zukowsky


Eye of Horus Pendant

Pattern Details

Techniques: Tubular peyote stitch, herringbone stitch, circular netting

Project level: Advanced

Materials:
0.5 g bronze size 15° Japanese seed beads (A)
0.5 g nickel size 15° Japanese seed beads (B)
1 g 22k gold iris size 11° cylinder beads (C)
1 g 22k gold gray-blue iris size 11° cylinder beads (D)
1 crystal 17.5mm crystal raindrop pendant with rhodium-plated bail
1 foil-back blue 18×10.5mm crystal eye fancy stone
1 silver 6×13mm closed-loop leaf bail
3 silver 4mm jump rings
Smoke 6 lb FireLine braided beading thread

Eye of Horus Pendant Main Colorway

Main Colorway

Tools:
Scissors
Size 12 beading needle
2 pairs of chain- or flat-nose pliers

Finished size: 1 1/2 × 1 3/4″

Artist’s Tips:

  • Familiarity with peyote stitch is very helpful for this project!
  • Lightly paint the back of the crystal with a coat of clear nail polish. This helps protect the foil backing.

Options:

  • Use the same techniques to create this pendant, then leave off the teardrop for a simpler look. (See Brown Colorway below.)
  • Use silver charlotte size 13° seed beads and a crystal AB mini drop bead on crystal FireLine to create a different kind of teardrop accent. (See Green Colorway below.)

Alternate Colorways:

GREEN
0.5 g bronze size 15° Japanese seed beads (A)
0.5 g nickel size 15° Japanese seed beads (B)
1 g metallic bronze size 11° cylinder beads (C)
1 g pewter galvanized size 11° cylinder beads (D)
0.5 g silver charlotte size 13° seed beads
1 crystal AB 6×10mm crystal mini drop bead
1 foil-back emerald 18×10.5mm crystal eye fancy stone
1 antiqued brass 7×19mm closed-loop bail
Smoke 6 lb FireLine braided beading thread
Crystal 6 lb FireLine braided beading thread

Eye of Horus Pendant

Green Colorway

BROWN
0.5 g nickel size 15° Japanese seed beads (A)
0.5 g bronze size 15° Japanese seed beads (B)
1 g metallic earth batik gold luster AB size 11° cylinder beads (C and D, Eye Front)
1 g 24k gold-plated green iris size 11° cylinder beads (C, Oval Ring)
1 g metallic rhodium-plated size 11° cylinder beads (D, Oval Ring)
1 foil-back red brown 18×10.5mm crystal eye fancy stone
4 antiqued brass 4mm jump rings
Smoke 6 lb FireLine braided beading thread

Eye of Horus Pendant

Brown Colorway

MARIANNA ZUKOWSKY enjoys petit point and needlepoint. She recently fell in love with bead weaving, her new favorite mode of relaxation. Contact her at marushaz@yahoo.com.

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