This piece started with the purchase of
beads made to look like butterfly chrysalis;
you can actually see the Monarch butterfly wings showing orange through the surface
of the beads. Using these, I expored a
number of ideas to show the transformation from chrysalis to butterfly. The design sat incomplete until one day I started making
the “leaf”-shaped links for another project.
At that moment I knew I had found the
solution for showing the chrysalis and
butterfly among leaves and flowers.
The necklace is designed with links
made of silver wire hand forged with
pliers and hammered. These were
assembled with beads, enameled
copper wire and other decorative
elements. The piece is large and
dramatic, about 20” long and uses a
counter balance at the back to help
distribute the weight.
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