Ever have one of those pieces that just "works"? Where the colors and the patterns and the textures and everything just seem to click and make the piece greater than the sum of its parts? I had a dried flower arrangement once that sat next to a ceramic lamp and together they were just perfect. Then my dog got hold of the flower basket and tore it into a billion little pieces (and drug dried flower remnants all through the whole house, thank you very much). I had a replacement made, but it just wasn't the same. Somehow, the perfect connection had been broken.
These dragon bracelets seem to be that perfect combination. The button I use as a centerpiece is just lovely with flowing, swirly lines and a raised dragon spewing flame. I surrounded it with khaki cord and matte metallic khaki iris seed beads in a scallop design. I love this piece. The colors in the beads compliment the copper and the khaki and there's enough color to keep it from being bland but they're muted enough to make the piece fairly neutral.
I have the button in silver and brass, too, and I've also made other combinations.
I even used one of the copper buttons as a focal in a bead embroidery cuff piece:
But I always come back to my first combination. I had orders for so many of them I had to make five in one weekend:
I was seeing dragons in my dreams! If I had a "signature" piece, it would be this bracelet, but I hope I never have to mass produce them again;)