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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.

Chokeberry in spring© 2012 Karen A Johnson

Chokeberry in spring
© 2012 Karen A Johnson

Chokeberry in fall© 2012 Karen A Johnson

Chokeberry in fall
© 2012 Karen A Johnson

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!

Chokeberry necklace© 2012 Karen A Johnson

Chokeberry necklace
© 2012 Karen A Johnson

Chokeberry necklace detail © 2012 Karen A Johnson

Chokeberry necklace detail
© 2012 Karen A Johnson

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