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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!

Miranda Ackerley
Renetha Stanziano


  1. Purple and green are one of my favorite color combinations! I like how you posted your thought process - I never seem to have my camera ready! And I have made no less than 20 bracelets using Lesley Watt's tutorial - so much fun to create! That last bracelet is gorgeous -you did a fantastic job!

  2. Darn those sneaky lime green rondelles. Renetha the bracelets are beautiful and your choice of designs are right on. Pearls are always the perfect choice. Like I say, "when in doubt, use pearls." Thank you so much for participating and I do hope you join me for the 5th Do Over Challenge..

  3. I'm very impressed by the beautiful bracelets you made, and by the way you documented your process. camera is not (yet) my friend...

  4. You received some great components to play with. I agree pearls always make a design sing.Beautiful work.

  5. They are both so pretty. Great choice of color combinations. Who can go wrong with pearls.

  6. Lovely Do Over, absolutely lovely.

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  9. These are really great. I love the colors. Pearls are the best for everything!

  10. Great colour palette! Love light grey pearls, they bring a real touch of elegance to your design.

  11. Ah, another inspiration in this Blog Hop: your designs are amazing and I love both your thinking process and the end result. Beautiful, beautiful pieces (note to self: go try Lesley's bracelet, I've been 'dying' to for a while now!)

  12. Renetha!!! You ROCKED this challenge! I LOVE what you did to transform that bracelet! So many of Jeannie's designs are in no way boring and great on their own, but the designs that come out of them are simply amazing! You really made the beads pop and I love love love your designs!!!

  13. I can't wait to try out Lesley Watt's tutorial. Your pieces really turned out great!!

  14. The second bracelet is my favorite with the lampwork bead and yes, your color choices were perfect.


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