Jeannie of Jewelry by Jeannie posted a challenge for jewelry artists. The challenge--receive one of Jeannie's jewelry designs (that she considers boring) and turn it into something amazing. Easy? Not. Challenging? Yes! Here is the bracelet I received.
The first thing I noticed about the design is the clasp. It is beautiful, but to large for something so light and airy as the 3mm rondelles and size 11 seed beads. I thought about making one of Thea's famous jump ring bracelet or something using a lampwork bead from Beads By Lampwork, Ebay. Humm, how did those light lime green rondelles get in there? Well, the original bracelet could use some color for this makeover.
Then, I had another idea: Pearls! Color: Dark gray to match the clasp.
Right angle weave using the rondelles as the embellishment. Well the purple rondelles didn't pop out enough against the dark gray pearls.
So I switched to light gray pearls, right angle weave, using the size 11 seed beads as embellishment. I ended up using the leftover rondelles and those light neon green rondelles to make the jump ring bracelet too. Results:
But I really like this one best of all.....
My apologies for the long post, but this challenge was fun, and I might sign up for #5! Now I am going to hop around the blogs of the other participants (listed below). Thanks Jeannie for a wonderful challenge!
Jeannie K Dukic http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog
Miranda Ackerley http://mirandack.com/
Patti Vanderbloemen http://myaddictionshandcrafted.blogspot.com/
Marlene Cupo http://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com/
Mary Govaars http://mlhjewelrydesigns.com/
Kelli Jacobson http://www.creativemoonjewelryandthings.com/
Gerry Nickerson http://gersgems1.blogspot.com/
Charlene Jacka http://clay-space.com/blog
Birgit Klughardt http://www.gitesbeads-gite.blogspot.com/
Mowse Doyle http://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com/
Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/
Debbie Beechy http://beetique56.blogspot.com/
Cilla Watkins http://www.tellyourgirlfriends.com/
Carolyn Lawson http://carolyncreationswa.blogspot.com
Micha Sorensen http://tulipsandpine.blogspot.com
Emma Todd http://www.apolymerpenchant.com
Donetta Farrington http://simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com/
Tracy Stillman http://www.tracystillmandesigns.com/
Rita Avila http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com/