Saturday, October 26, 2013

6th Do Over Challenge Reveal!

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This is my second attempt to take a piece of jewelry sent by Jeannie Dukic, and change it into something more awesome than the original. That was tough this time, because I really liked the original.  Or, originals, as Jeannie sent along earrings and a memory wire bracelet.
The originals

Green fresh water pearls...the color shows better here. 
I thought the necklace and coordinating pieces were lovely. It reminded me of something you would make for a wedding. For the brides maids to wear with their pastel dresses and dyed-to-match shoes. So I took the design and tried to feature the pearls a little more, and the crystals a little less, and I changed the metal color from silver to copper, with a little help from some Beadalon Satin Copper Color beading wire, and Miyuki cube beads in a matte metallic khaki iris finish. I did not use the round silver spacer beads, so I had to take apart the bracelet to harvest the pearls.  

What do you think? 

This single strand necklace owes a lot to the original design.

I added a pair of earrings. 

Detail on the earrings. 

Now, I have to admit that last week, for this blog hop: Seed Bead and Metal Blog Hop,  I sneaked a few of the freshwater pearls to enhance my design. In a similar spirit, I used the bonus beads I received as part of that project in these earrings. 

What's this? The fresh Water Pearls show up here, too!

Here's a list of participants in the 6th Do Over Challenge! Hop on over and visit with Jeannie and the others, and see what they have made. 

Jeannie K Dukic (Challenge Host)
Penny Houghton
Susan Delaney
Becky Pancake
Therese Frank
Donetta Farrington
Molly Alexander
Mowse Doyle
Renetha Stanziano
Ginger Davis Allman
Kathy Richardson
Christie Murrow
Veralynne Malone
Shai Williams
Beti Horvath <<<---- You are here
Linda Britt
Miranda Ackerley
Mischelle Andrade
Tracy Stillman
Charlene Bausinger
Deana Hager


  1. I think your version is just perfect. So very wearable and somehow so comfortable looking.

  2. "Harvest the pearls," that made me laugh. I think the Do Over is much, much better than the original. I do agree the piece looked like something for a wedding. The earring you made are darling and coordinate beautifully with the necklace. I'm glad you were able to use some the pearls in your Metal Blog Hop.

  3. I love the color of those pearls... I could soo see myself wearing the single strand necklace.. love it.

  4. I love the combo of the copper and light green pearls. You did a great job of making them the focus- and your seed bead piece is pretty darn sweet! Nicely done- Christie

  5. You did good! I agree, the green of the pearls is better complemented by the warm tones of the square beads and you made it more wearable, too. Less dressy. But I like how you left some of the crystals to brighten it up.

  6. I think that the update did a lot to freshen up the design and make it perfect to wear with more outfits. Great job!

  7. I love that your "do-over" pieces are so absolutely wearable...they are so pretty! You started with some great beads, and did a wonderful job on the transformation.

  8. Nice solution and definitely updated!

  9. Beautiful, I like the cube beads between the pearls and crystals,

  10. Your shift toward copper was pure genius. Bravo.

  11. What lovely pieces - I use copper all the time, and it really warmed up the pearls and the whole design. Beautiful job! :)

  12. Very pretty...subtle, whimsy, laid back in a hammock type of day. Great job with the redo....and pearls.... they go with every design! Thanks for the post.