I saw these large square beads at Michael's and thought they would make a great backing to a TOL pendant.
It too SO long to make! But I think the majority of the time was playing and figuring out exactly how I wanted it. At first, I was just going to bent the wire into a square right around the stone, but I needed to leave a little space on each side between the stone and wire so I could wrap the tree roots/branches...and it was really difficult to make a perfect square and get the stone centered. I decided to bend the wire odd ways around the stone - and I like it much better. And way easier! And I had to play around with the branches for a while since I've never made a tree without stones on the branches before - so that took a while.
I love the way it turned out, but it was a long process. I think it would take much less time if I were to recreate it though, since I know exactly how I want it.