Tuesday, April 24, 2012

3rd Do Over Challenge

Signed up for this one last month, had a blast with it, and have been anxiously waiting for the reveal day. We received pieces of jewelry from the hostess, Jeannie Dukic, which she considered "easy to part with", since they were from her "early days of designing", and were challenged to create something new (and, hopefully, exciting) with the components. I was determined to use as much of what was sent as I could..

Here is a picture of what I was sent. HMMM!
OK, so the challenge was on! The first thing that caught my eye were the 3 lampwork focals on the necklace, and, of course, the abundance of seed beads in some very pretty color combinations.

They seemed to scream at me, "Turn us into a bracelet!"

So I did by adding some hammered 4 hole spacers and a toggle clasp to match. There are some black lines (not showing well in the photo) running through the glass beads so I added several smoke glass beads to accent them.

My first do-over!

Then came the earrings. I don't have pierced ears, so creating something other that the originals was the next challenge for me. Jeannie's were simple, delicate,  and on the vintage style.
I decided to go for something a little more intricate, (can we say "dressy") so I used the orange crystals from the ends of the necklace and a couple of the pearly seeds and surrounded them with fancy head pins and bead cones, attached to triangular filigree findings and added the pearls (they're always dressy) and simple ball tipped ear wires. They kind of look like church bells hanging in the tower.

My second do-over!

SO, that left me with all the rest of those seed beads and the pretty "S" clasp for a necklace. By now, I was itching to get at my polymer clay to use, and add something, and this was my chance!

It's springtime! The flowers are in bloom, and with it being such a mild winter, many are WAY ahead of schedule. Who am I to mess with Mother Nature! I love recreating the beauty of her work, and I did with roses, lilies, iris, tulips, and daisies. I did take some liberties with the intermingled leaves, so the colors would coordinate with all the original seed beads (and I managed to restring almost all of them on double strands, attached to a simple gold chain link.)

My third and final do-over!

A very big THANK YOU to Jeannie for providing the materials and the opportunity for me to challenge myself in new directions.

 Here are the links to all the others in this challenge. HAPPY BLOG HOPPING!
  1. Jeannie/Hostess
  2. Cilla Watkins
  3. Michelle Mach
  4. Alesha Conklin
  5. Molly Alexander
  6. Cindy Wimmer
  7. Mary Govaars
  8. Marlene Cupo  - You are here!
  9. Dagi
  10. Charlene Jacka
  11. Julia Johnson
  12. Carolyn Lawson
  13. Pamela Orians
  14. Linda Younkman
  15. Shelly Joyce
  16. Judy Riggs
  17. Cary Scholes


  1. I just love that style bracelet, it looks so noble and the earrings are beautiful, well done transformation.
    Now that necklace has got me swooning. I can't stop looking at it.
    Thank you so much Marlene for participating in my little Do Over Challenge.

  2. Okay....that bracelet is one awesome piece of arm jewelry! I love it! But your necklace is a true statement-piece-work-of-art! Great job!

  3. love, love the bracelet!! the colors in your pieces are vibrant and beautiful!! great job!!!!

  4. I'm loving the last necklace with all the flowers.

  5. Oh wow! Lovely! I have such a hard time using multi-strand spacers -- yours are great!

  6. Love the bracelet! Reminds me of Egyptian jewelry. And that flower necklace is so perfect for spring with tall its flowers blooming. Great work!

  7. I was so in awe of the gorgeous bracelet and earrings. I thought you did them is such a classic style, and they are lovely. Then I saw that necklace! AH-mazing! That will be so lovely with almost anything...a real statement piece.

    Alesha Kay

  8. I am loving that bracelet! You did an amazing job utilizing everthing!

  9. Wow--three projects! I especially like the bracelet--very bold and rich.

  10. Hi Marlene,
    I love all three of your pieces. The bracelet is beautiful I love your design. The earrings are elegant, but yet can be worn with a t-shirt and jeans. The necklace is gorgeous I love all the flowers and the design.

  11. Thanks all! I really had a great time with this challenge!

  12. Wow, that bracelet is beautiful! I love the rich colors in this piece. But I have to say my favorite is the necklace with all the gorgeous flowers! Nice job!

  13. Popping in on the hop, a little belated but no less excited~

    I was so excited to see your finished products! In each situation I thought to myself, the finished product was so amazing that you couldn't possibly make anything better than it-- and each time you did, and you proved me wrong!

    Your bracelet is so much fun... your earrings are gorgeous... and I absolutely LOVE your necklace! I'm getting into polymer myself, and I have to say that your flower necklace was such an inspiration to me <3

    Thanks for sharing, and I'm looking forward to seeing you around!

    *~* Julia *~* http://beautifullywhimsical.blogspot.com *~*

  14. What wonderful and creative pieces you made from the original necklace! I love the bracelet and the earrings, but the necklace with your polymer clay flowers absolutely blew me away! I have little to no talent with clay, and I am in awe of those who do. Beautiful work! :)

  15. stunning.....love the bracelet

  16. I love the bracelet and earrings as a set. Very well done!


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