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Do Over Challenge Reveal

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…this simple phrase has been a part of my life for more  than 20 years.  In fact, in the late 80’s, I formed one of the first recycling organizations in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Bringing new life to old jewelry is a new twist on this old theme.  I found Jeannie through blog hopping.  What an amazing person she is.  I can’t begin to describe all the cool things she has done… from fitness trainer to hair dresser to business owner to jewelry maker. A month ago, Jeannie sent several jewelry designers old pieces of jewelry.  It was our job to re-design.

Original Necklace had one strand of wood beads, one strand of mother of pearl beads, two strands of gold seed beads and a leopard spotted focal shell

Now I thought this would be easy, but it wasn’t.  For three weeks, I fiddled with ideas and themes.  Maybe it could be a bracelet, maybe turn it into a halloween spider jewelry.  I was stymied by the multi-color focal shell and did not like the combination of wood and shell together.  Finally, a week ago, I received inspiration.  This is what I came up with.

Something old, something new is what I am calling this piece
Something old, Something new is what I named this piece.  I have a closeup of the focal which is much more subtle with the Vintaj Component on top of the Mother-of-Pearl.  I added color to the necklace with purple dyed Mother of Pearl Disks and picked up on the yellow with some beautiful faceted quartz crystals. I kept the wood separated from the shells and used the gold seed  beads to tie it all together.  I will show you a close-up the focal piece.

Something Old, Something New

I am still not thrilled with the result, but I ran out of time.  Fall is Jewelry Show season and if I want to continue making jewelry, than I need to sell more jewelry.  So off to the Bead Room. Check out what my fellow jewelry artists made by hopping over to their blogs.
Jeannie  and Donna
Natasha
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Comments

  1. That looks great! Adding the purple beads really brings out the beauty of the focal piece. And the filigree clover adds a lot of interest to the focal piece. Well done!

  2. I think that your single strand design allows the focal to be the star. Layered focals are really big right now. The beads that you added bring a new dimension to the piece and bring out different tones in some of the original beads. Great piece!

  3. Purple worked well, and Jeannie is right, animal print is big — anything I make with it is snapped up at my shows before I can put it on the web site. Good job.

  4. I’d have never of thought of adding the purple O.o it DOES give the shell pieces a different look, making them have more of a pink cast to them. 🙂

  5. Well I like it and especially the added color and Vintaj filigree. Tones down the pendant that I still like. Animal print is big this season. Thank you Andrea for participating and making this challenge possible. Best you to with your jewelry shows.

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