Isn't it funny how we sometimes see something without really looking at it? I had a vision of this piece, or I should say, I had a vision of the pendant part of this piece. I made that happen and put it on a chain and the result was fine. And then a friend of mine whose opinion I can always trust, mentioned that she wasn't crazy about the chain. So I went back and really looked at the overall design of the piece and discovered I agreed with her. I replaced the chain with a rubber cord. Here's a side by side comparison:
It makes a huge difference in the overall look of the piece, doesn't it? I didn't even know I was unhappy with the first piece until I saw the second take on it! It's good to have friends who will give you honest opinions. Thank you, Bianca!
This was also a good lesson for me to stay focused on ALL the details of a piece because they ALL matter.