Welcome to the 9th Do Over reveal, hosted by the multi-talented Jeannie K Dukic of JKD Studio. The blog hop where we reluctantly dismantle a retired piece of jewellery made by Jeannie and (hopefully) make something new and exciting from it.
Ooh! What's in this beautifully wrapped parcel I wonder?
Tada! A rather stylish and modern necklace with jade, brass and one of Jeannie's vibrant swoosh pendants. (You can get your very own Swoosh here if there's any left.)
I also got a grab bag full of gorgeous goodies including a second swoosh pendant - lucky me! - and my daughter immediately grabbed it and demanded that I turn it into a clip on earring for her.
Here's the 'before' of both of the swoosh pendants together. Since they are very different colours I, very reluctantly, made the decision that I would re-colour both of them so that they matched. (Sorry Jeannie, I love how you colour your work and feel slightly ashamed that I re-did them.)
Now thatI've shown you the 'befores' allow me to present the 'afters' - I hope you like them, they necklace in particular underwent many, MANY, re-dos before I was happy!
My grungy iron-age earrings in close-up (because they didn't come out too well in the combined shot):
Metal coated and rusted à la Christi Friesen! Man I love how they turned out! Not sure if my precious little daughter is going to get her hands on these!
A couple more shots because I am in love:
I'm pretty happy with jow the necklace turned out too. I wanted a sort of gypsy / bohemian / moroccon feel. The seed beeds, jade ovals and stone rondelles from the original design were used along with a soup of seed beads and copper wire from my own stash.
I wrapped two of the jade ovals with copper wire, to provide a focal point, and decided to make my own chain because the chain from the original necklace, being brass, didn't seem to match nicely.
A close up of my home-made copper chain and clasp:
I'm really pleased with how well the necklace hangs when worn, although the copper wrapped focals do insist on rotating to the less interesting side!
Although I had plans for the chain, clasp, remaining seed beads and rondelles I ran out of time before the reveal. They will all get used though - work is in progress!
Many, many thanks to Jeannie for her gracious generosity and to Kara for organising it all.
Please be sure to visit the other participants to see what gorgeous creations they have come up with:
Jeannie K Dukic http://theexchangenexus.wordpress.com (our hostess)
Rachel Mallis http://www.mintmonarch.com
Donetta Farrington http://simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com
*Penny Houghton http://www.smellynelly.blogspot.com.au (*you are here)
Rebecca Pancake http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com