Tuesday, March 26, 2013

My Own Makeover

No, I am not jumping the gun

Although I am participating in Jeannie Dukic's 5th Do Over Challenge, I also have a few pieces of my own that I am reworking for one reason or another.

This is a necklace that I made a few years ago. I was just starting to do some wire wrapping, and it taught me a lot. But I was not satisfied with it.   Neither the wire I used, nor my skill at wrapping, are up to my current standards, and, I used some little beads that just did not stand up to stringing on wire, and wearing. They crumbled off over the years as I wore it. But I was, and still am in love with the carved rain forest jasper beads. 

My original wire wrapped necklace. 

The focal I made by wiring beads together. 

I called the shape a leaf, my friend calls them feathers. I sold her a necklace made of the last of these beads, and she has always wanted matching earrings. So this winter, I took the necklace apart, made two pairs of earrings, I offered her a choice of one of the two, and made them a birthday gift. I was going to keep the other pair, but someone at the lunch table at work bought them on the spot! 

So now, the necklace had to be made with at least four fewer leaf beads. I have never been able to find that shape again, but I did find a similar shape with the same stone at a bead show. Finally, I could finish the necklace the way I wanted. I even found some coordinating round beads, which really gave it a nice finish. 

Here is the new necklace....

The New Necklace.

New focal.

I do like the smoother line with the small round beads at the back. And I still have to make myself some earrings, because I lost one of my original earrings, in the grass, and never had hope of finding it!


  1. Isn't being a designer the coolest thing EVER, Beti? We can enjoy one style for a while, then grab a few tools, and voila, brand new jewellery. Love the updated look!

  2. Hey there! I'm just doing a little pre blog hop to all the participants for the 5th Do Over Challenge. Will be much fun!