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 explored 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.