Welcome to the 6th Do Over Challenge hosted by mixed media artist extraordinaire Jeannie K Dukik of Jewelry by Jeannie.
For this Challenge, Jeannie sent 20 lucky participants a piece of jewelry to make over. Check out the beautiful packaging!
Just love that beautiful little polymer clay tag and the beautiful handmade little envelope. I was also lucky enough to receive a pretty little pair of earrings along with the do-over piece. They nearly stayed intact 'cos I loved them so!
And here is the piece destined for a make-over:
What a beauty! Look at the gorgeous earthy colours and the fancy pants pendant!
I had exactly the same trouble last time - I liked the piece so much that I did not want to dismantle it.
Then I came up with a very over-ambitious plan involving dragons and some serious seed beading. Got thus far and my brain shut down:
You can see I got my Vintaj Patinas out and aged that gorgeous pendant. Very pleased with the results I was too. The holes were intended to help the seed bead dragon get a good grip on it and to add some extra interest.
Unfortunately my imagination and my actual skills set are worlds apart.
Seed bead dragon abandonned I decided to make something that I've been meaning to make since last summer - a nice, dangly anklet.
So on a particularly cold day, my beautiful daughter and I snuggled up on my big bed and covered it in beads, findings and tools (and lots of hot tea).
I gave my daughter a packet of headpins and told her to put whatever she liked on them. And then I turned them into dangles and attached them to the chain of the necklace.
And so to our finished anklet:
It's messy, it's fun, it's made with a lot of love and now my perfect girl and I are fighting over who get's to wear it! We decided to call it "Magic Carpet Ride" after a song that was playing on the radio while we were creating.
You can see that we used the beads from the earrings and virtually the entire necklace plus a few other beads and charms that my daughter took a shine to. I think she made beautiful dangles!
As for the pendant? Well I still had special plans for that. It antiqued so beautifully that I wanted something more rustic for it. So with the one remaining bead from the necklace patina'd and used as a toggle bar I created this bracelet that I like to call "I'm not as old as I look" :
And a close up:
Many thanks to Jeannie for her generosity and for hosting this fantastic blog hop. Please be sure to pop over to the other participant's blogs to see their do-over pieces:
(I had a little trouble getting the list of links to cooperate, so if they don't work then you can find a list of participants with working links here.)
Oh and I nearly forgot! If you fancy taking a do-over challenge yourself then clickon the pic below for more details.