Ok all...thanks so much for the critiques of my first attempt at masculine jewelry. I don't think I own the right thickness of wire to make the changes that most people suggested, so I'm going to go and get some tomorrow and try again. In the mean time, I did try out your suggestions on other "prototypes," and while they didn't turn out quite as masculine as I had hoped, I REALLY like the results, and even decided to make a metal flower pendant. Check out these new necklaces...what do you think??