The first thing I did was pull out an assortment of beads in the colors of the ceramic and bronze components she made. I didn't have a design idea in mind, and hoped my stash would provoke some inspiration. Not the best photo (note to self -- plastic reflects), but you get the idea.... copper chain, green pearls, a mix of green and blue Czech glass.
I decided to use Leann's blossom pendant. It reminded me of the lily pads I've seen at the National Arboretum, so I decided to use the dragonfly charm as well. But how to use both?
I finally figured it out. I wanted the dragonfly to dangle beneath the blossom, so connected both the larger necklace chain and a shorter, more delicate chain together with a bronze ring. The small length of chain hangs behind the blossom.
Since the pendant is so interesting and the subject matter so serene (I'm thinking Japanese water gardens here), I decided to keep the rest of the necklace a bit austere, with only two olive green Czech blossoms, one variegated glass oval, and a single pale blue flower. The clasp is also simple, a hook-and-eye clasp I made myself.
So here you are -- a necklace I call "Dragonfly on Waterlily". Both of Leann's pendants are front and center, and I really think I nailed it matching the glass colors.
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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.