This is a necklace I made up with one of the disc poppies and leaves I have been making lately for the upcoming bead show. I made up a sample so that customers can see how I have used it, and to give them inspiration. However I am not happy with how I have "strung" it. You can see the back side of the bead in the picture below. I put a long headpin through a small accent bead, then through the front of the flower to the back, added another small bead and wire wrapped it using what I call "birds nest" wrapping. Then I bent the loop upwards with my pliers, and threaded it onto a copper figure 8 link - then added a hammered copper washer. The washer acts as a bit of a ballast and somewhere for the large chain, leaf and bead dangle to hang from. I have worn it several times, and it does not turn around (I was really pleased about this), and is quite comfortable. I want to be able to add one of my disc poppies to a rubber tube/cord type of necklace, and don't think this method will work with that, as I want the flower to be centered on the rubber cord.
OK - now for where I need your advice - how should I go about attaching the flower to the rubber cord? I don't want to just wire wrap it on, as it would possibly cut into the rubber and could flip so it was facing downwards, which is what I want to avoid. The problem is that this disc is not like a regular focal pendant whose hole is from top to bottom - the hole in the poppy disc is from front to back. So I am offering an incentive to someone who has an idea that will work for me with either the rubber cord or to streamline the method above. In about a weeks time I will draw one name from all the people who have given me a suggestion to my problem and that person will receive the ruffled disc poppy shown below. (Or a plain one if they prefer).