With fall approaching I've been trying to transition over to some autumnal color palettes. This necklace reminds me of the color of autumn leaves, when they're changing to reds, oranges, yellows, and rust colors (hence the name).
I love these colors, and I love the copper and bronze together, but I have to make a confession: I don't actually like this necklace. It happens sometimes. And the final product here is actually version 3.0--I remade parts of it three times before I actually got it to a place that I felt was halfway respectable. But it's just not a necklace I'd likely ever wear. This was the original version:
It just felt too 'blah' to me, and not well balanced. So then I tried changing the color of the top strand:
But anyway, onto the necklace details. This piece features beads of quartzite, agate, bamboo coral, freshwater pearls, glass pearls, glass beads, and crystals. The wire focals, connectors, and chain/links are all handmade using German copper wire (tutorials for the wire focal elements are here and here). I'm sure by now you know the drill so I won't bore you with any more small talk.