Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Jeannie Do-Over Challenge

Jeannie Dukic of Jeannie's Blog decided to host a Do-Over Blog Hop.  She's been making jewelry for, as she says, a "long, long time", and she had a lot of pieces that she felt needed to be remade and given a face lift.

I think all of us, from beginner to the most advanced beader, can relate.  How often have we looked back over what we've made even six months ago and thought, "What?  Wait.  I should have done this."

This is the piece Jeannie sent along to me.  I loved the vibrant colors, in part because they're not at all colors I normally work with, and therefore, perfect for a challenge.  I love a challenge.  And why is it we admire certain colors, yet don't design with them?  So here was my chance!

original piece from Jeannie


I first decided to make a pendant for the necklace.  I rarely wear a necklace myself that doesn't have a pendant.  I gravitated towards the toggle ring, and then pulled a Tesori Trovati pendant and a few coordinating 4mm Swarovski crystals to match the teal and green glass beads.



I thought the word "BEGIN" was apt as this necklace is a new beginning.

I decided to go asymmetrical and linked the teal and green beads, along with the smaller lime green beads, up one side, and then found some lilac beads with the perfect blue sheen to accent the other side of the necklace.  Along the purple glass bead side, I also added some oxidized metal chain.



I like the result.  With the addition of an art bead pendant and some simple Czech glass beads and a length of chain, then a little asymmetric theory, the necklace is now freshened up while still using a great deal of the original beads.  

This goes to show you that you shouldn't always toss your first creations, but take a good look at them and see if they're salvageable.  If you feel the beads are no longer up to your current standard, consider making them into key chains, zipper pulls, wine charms, or something of the sort.  In my house, no bead goes unloved!


I hope you've enjoyed seeing what I made with Jeannie's jewelry, and now it's time to take a look at what others made!  






Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

39 comments:

  1. wow! beautiful! so bright and pretty and inspiring.

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  2. I love what you created! Great colors.

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  3. Wow - what a wonderful make-over.

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  4. Well done it looks great and still retains the feel of the original. Can't wait to see what others do.

    Em

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  5. Beautiful. So thoughtful to include a pendant.

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  6. absolutely gorgeous. love what you did with the toggle ring! genius!

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  7. Hi Lori, it look amazing i really like the pendant really adds to the alredi vibrant colors ttfn L:)

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  8. What one person's eyes see, another person's see something different...you took a basic necklace and changed the look completely while maintaining the integrity of the original piece. I love it!

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  9. Hey Lori, what a great idea for all you talented beaders, looks like it was alot of fun!

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  10. A bright colorful necklace just in time for summer! I love the use of chain and the purple.....what a fun necklace.

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  11. WOW... Lori that is so beautiful, I love your design...too cool and so special!
    Take care.

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  12. This is lovely Lori! I have a bunch of Erins pendants and they are such little treasures! I dont think I will sell any they will all be Mine Mine Mine lol!

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  13. I follow both your blog and Jeannie's. I love what was recreated in the jewelry pieces! Nice job.

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  14. I love your do-over! And what a clever idea for a blog hop!

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  15. What a transformation, What creativity, love the finished piece. Also love the new Beginning. Be Blessed

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  16. Your design is gorgeous!

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  17. Where do I begin? Erin's simple truth pendant is what really pulls this all together. And what a perfect pendant to use for this challenge piece with that word. What a brillant use of the toggle clasp.
    I can't tell you how many times I said to myself, "what the hell" as I was pulling out all my ugly.
    Thank you Lori for participating.

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  18. Lori, this is so beautiful! Bright and colorfully! I love how you incorporated the toggle ring, very clever!

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  19. Wow, those are spring colors, girl! You really gave the piece new life.

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  20. Woohoo! I love what you made! I don't think that I ever would have thought about adding purple to that necklace but it totally works. And I am just honored that you chose my art bead (gah! I am an art bead artist! ;-) to add to your beautiful necklace. This was a ton of beady fun. So glad you participated! Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  21. So great Lori The purple totally makes it yours! I would pick this out in a minute as your signature : )

    Happy Hopping!

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  22. That is awesome! And I love the 'begin' pendant!

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  23. Awesome makeover... Love it... The color coordination is very nice...

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  24. What a great idea for a blog hop. now I am sucked in for the afternoon;) LOL!
    I love what you did. Amazing.

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  25. I love this idea! And I love what you've done with it - such a clever idea for a blog hop!

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  26. I really love what you did with this piece!

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  27. Love what you did with this redo. Erin's charm was the perfect addition and perfect word.

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  28. Very pretty redo... One of the most gratifying things for me is taking apart old jewelry and updating it. Well done! I just got into the blogging scene and love your site :)Look at mine if you get a chance!

    http://wearabelles.blogspot.com/

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  29. Really interesting difference, very nice.

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  30. Now this necklace is gorgeous and interesting. Before...well...predictable.
    Do-Over makes me laugh as that is how I refer to Mr. C and me...do-overs since we are second marriages.

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  31. I love the new piece. What a beautiful new piece you created!

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  32. There is such a sweet vibe in your new piece!

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  33. Lori - you have such an amazing sense of color! What a beautiful piece you made.

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  34. Lori! It's wonderful. You did a fab job re-working that piece. I really like how you highlighted that unique toggle. Awesome!

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  35. I completly love what you came up with the colors are fantastic together and the focals great, as always stunning!

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  36. Lori, you were given some beautifully colored beads to start, but oh my what you made! Just beautiful. I love the way you showcased Erin's pendant and added additional dangles....it is fantastic!

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  37. I love the do-over that you did!

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  38. I like your do-over! Great job. I must get some of those charms of Erin's.

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