I am currently working on a Morrigan Cosplay, from Dragon Age. I am working on her necklace at the moment and have made the main part of it, but I'm a little stumped on how to continue. Below you can see two reference pictures of the character, as well as a comparison of what I've made, to a screenshot of her necklace. The part I'm stuck on is the upper part of the necklace. It looks like a glorified watchband, but I'm not sure what route to actually take here. My first instinct is to just make a frame of the necklace with wire, then cut out, seal and paint several pieces of craft foam with a gold spray paint, then glue them on, but I'm not entirely sure. My second predicament is how to attach the lower necklace (beads, brooche, etc) to the upper part. Again, I'm thinking since it will all be shaped with wiring, I will just loop the wire into a hook and attach it that way, but I'm not solidly set on any of these ideas yet. Thoughts and suggestions are muchly appreciated.
Screenshot with necklace:
Current progress comparison: