With its alternate leaves and beautiful red berries, the chokeberry, Aronia arbutifolia,is a wonderful native shrub that helps feed the birds in winter, provides nectar for insects in the spring and has beautiful color in the fall.
I thought it would make a cool subject for a necklace if I could figure out how to keep the leaves from drooping. In the end, I opted to embed copper wire in to the leaves and wired those onto a larger copper wire. This added depth and a contrasting texture to the berries, one of the characteristics I particularly like in the bush. Enjoy!