Todays "What are U up to Wednesday" post is also part of a Do Over Blog Hop. Jeannie of JKD Jewelry posted a challenge on her blog last month - a Do Over Challenge. She offered those who wanted to participate an old, boring piece of her jewelry for FREE (her words) and our challenge was to rework it into something a little more interesting.
Since I love make over's, I thought it would be a fun challenge to take part of.
Sadly I have no "before" Photos of the pieces she sent me. A curious 5 yr old, playing with a camera she knew she wasn't allowed to touch and OOOPS-everything got deleted.......... edit-I did find the earrings before photo on my iPhone, so at least I have that to put up!
EDIT:I FOUND A BEFORE PHOTO!!!!!! THERE WAS ONE PHOTO ON MY "BIG' CAMERA AKA THE SLR DIGITAL I ONLY USE FOR WEBSITE PHOTOS. WOO HOO!
Here's the before necklace:
Jeannie had sent a simple strung necklace of 7 large resin and wood beads, with a bit of GF chain, large connector and small lobster clasp. It was pretty but understated along with these matching dangly earrings with tiny pearl and onyx beads. Jeannie also included a note:
"I started making jewelry long, long ago and this piece is something I made when I did not know any better. I did not know what an art bead was. I did not know what I was doing. The craftsmanship is not there and each piece reminds me how far I have come. It brings me great joy to pass it on to you and breathe new life into it."
I can totally relate to her note. I also have a box of "old" stuff that I've slowly been cannibalizing for parts. I really love the beads on her necklace,I've never seen anything like them before. They are newsprint fabric covered in resin. Since they are statement pieces on their own, I wanted to make something really bold with them. I tried a few different necklace combinations then settled on making a bracelet with them- a bold, Rock Star bracelet.
I used five of the six resin beads from the necklace and took apart the gold chain to use as jump rings. I wire wrapped the beads on steel wire and attached them to a triple strand of gunmetal chain from my stash. I used the large gold connector from Jeannie's necklace for the closure with a big lobster claw clasp. To add some zing, I added long chain fringe at the clasp. I also attached the pearl and onyx beads from Jeannie's earrings to the ends of the chain. It is certainly a conversation piece now.
And since Jeannie was so generous in letting us play with her jewelry and turn it into something new, I'd like to pay it forward and give this away to one of my blog readers. If you'd like to win this, leave a comment here about something you've made but later done a "do over" on, or which of the other blog hop "Do Over" jewelry pieces you liked. I'll pick a lucky winner on Wednesday June 1st!
A huge thank you goes out to Jeannie for putting this blog hop together and allowing us to re-work her creations. Please check out her blog for pics of the redo's for the people participating but do not have blogs and be sure visit the other girls on the blog hop tour:
Donna No Blog-check on Jeannie's blog
Jamie: No Blog check on Jeannie's blog