A few weeks ago I bought a strand of glittering bronze crystal roundels. Although they are dark in color, these babies really sparkle. I was anxious to use them in a necklace. Usually my design process starts with a cool focal bead and I create a necklace or bracelet that will show the focal off to the best advantage. This necklace, however, started with those crystals. I quickly decided to pair them with bronzed espresso-colored cubes and dark sage-green one-cut seed beads. It took me three tries before I discovered the right pendant to go with the necklace. First I tried wire-wrapping a dichroic glass bead. I wasn’t happy with the quality of my wire-wrapping, plus the bead looked lame in the necklace. Then I tried a gold Venetian glass bead. Nope. Lastly, the one you see below: teal with slightly raised bronze cross-hatching. Perfect.