Trying to work efficiently, I decided to make a bunch of these similarly designed dragonfly necklaces. There are actually two distinct styles of necklaces. One batch has the brass dragonflies wired to carved bone buttons. The other batch uses textured copper as the backdrop.
I found the bone buttons at one of the gem shows in Tucson. I was looking for more abalone buttons, but did not find any of decent quality. These bone buttons are interesting and the neutral coloration should make them good sellers. I suspended them on dyed silk ribbons.
I textured the copper with a combination of real, dried leaves and skeleton leaves (the kind you find in the scrapbooking section of the craft store). I had better luck with the skeleton leaves, but this is a destructive process. I went through quite a few leaves. Oxidizing the copper highlights the texture.
I used rivets in the holes I drilled to attach the chain. It gives the pendants a more finished look.
These will be for my shows later in the year, not for the etsy market.