Rainforest Choker


Here’s my latest creation. This choker style necklace was inspired by a wonderfully inspiring and colorful book called Rainforest. It’s filled with gorgeous closeups of plants, birds, animals and insects found in the rainforests around the world. I highly recommend it to add to your inspiration library.


I made the polymer clay bead by covering it with canework and molding it into the oval shape. The cane itself is a Skinner blend bullseye plug separated into 5 pieces which is then layered and surrounded with a striped cane. I capped the ends of the bead with the same stripes. The cord is a woven herringbone tube strung on soft flex wire. The fit of the tube on the beading wire is tight so I was able to twist the tube. As I was stringing it, the tube kept twisting anyway so I figured that’s the way it wanted to be. Despite careful design planning, my jewelry sometimes develops a life of its own as I am creating it! I finished the choker with a button made from the cane and a simple beaded loop. Now, it’s time to make a bracelet and earrings to match!

6 comments on “Rainforest Choker

  1. Libby Mills says:

    Karen, that is beautiful! The herringbone really sets it off!

  2. Stephanie says:

    It’s lovely! And I love your creative closure.

  3. Amanda says:

    I really like that!

  4. artandtea says:

    Thanks ladies for your wonderful comments and support! -Karen

  5. Your cord reminds me of a coral snake, fitting for a rainforest I think. Does a polymer clay button really hold up well for this or are you very careful with it? I think you will get lots of compliments when you wear this necklace.

  6. artandtea says:

    Thanks! So fat, the button is holding up well. I made the slice for the button on the thicker side and am using a flex beading cord so, hopefully, all will stay together nicely.

    You bring up a good point. I tend to be pretty careful with all of my jewelry but I know that is not so with everyone, especially after reading about Morwyn’s experience with her bracelets.


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