Welcome to the 8th Do Over Challenge reveal!
Be sure to pop on over to Jeannie's store to have a gander at her beautiful handmade components and lots of other lovely goodies.
Here's the beautiful earring and necklace set I was sent.
A close up of the earrings so you can see how pretty the little handmade resin and dried flower components are. I am so in love with these!
I had something in mind that I wanted to do with the flowers and I knew exactly what I was going to do with the vibrant fuscia quartz squares so I spent a long, LONG, time working with the other components.
I painstakingly shaped wire into individul links and carefully wire-wrapped the beads into each link. Then each link is connected to the next with 4 jump-rings and I hand-formed a clasp from wire before finally popping it into some LoS for a bit of antiquing.
It was intended to be a fancy-shmancy bracelet. But it just did not want to play fair!
The jump rings reacted differently to the LoS and went a bizarre colour and the whole thing refused to hang right on the wrist. I held it up to the window with a sigh of despair and ....
"Ooh!" I thought. "I like that!"
So I re-patina'd with inks to get a more even colour and added a couple of dangles to the bottom. My "forest vine" now dangles happily from my window.
I couldn't capture the whole thing in it's natural, dangly state but here it is all curled up for your inspection.
Finally I could get to working on the little quartz squares. These were bouncing around yelling "earrings" and "retro" at me.
One pair I coupled with some rock crystal spears and lovely, bright fine silver wire.
Very pleased with these.
And the second pair I used the silver wire to add a sixties feel.
Now onto the piece I am most pleased with, even though it's not finished by a long shot!
I had big plans for those pretty little dried flower components and wanted to use my very limited supply of sterling silver wire. So rather than test my design with the expensive stuff I used parawire to build a prototype.
I spent so much time faffing around with my trucelent bracelent / window dangler that even though I was extremely pleased with how my prototype has turned out I haven't had enough time to make the "real" piece with the sterling wire yet.
So as you look at the next pictures, try to imagine it in silver hanging from a lacy black crochet chocker without the coil spacers.
These are some of my favourite makes of late.
Thank you Jeannie, I have been having so much fun with this.
Now to go and visit the wonderful makes of the other participants. Thanks for popping by!
8th Do Over Participants :
Jeannie K Dukic (Our lovely hostess)
Penny Houghton (You are here!)