Saturday, October 26, 2013


Hi, I'm glad that you joined me today. It is the reveal of Jeannie Dukic's Do Over challenge. If you don't know what that is  here is how it works. Jeannie sent me a necklace that she made at the beginning of her jewelry career. I am to make something new from it. The top pic shows the necklace that I was sent. My first reaction was wow this needs some color to perk up the grey. I wanted to keep the grey links the way Jeannie made them. I simply added white faceted round glass bead with aqua discs links. I moved the chain to the center as a focal. I added round aqua glass beads, round snow quarts beads, and round dark grey pearls to the ends of the chain. The chain pieces are separated by the shell links. I used all of the Jeannie necklace except two shell links and some of the chain. I took a long necklace and turned it into a two strand. there are two 5mm jump rings between each link. The ends of the strands join a silver link from Cindy Wimmer's new book "The Missing Link". I made the clasp also.  I made a Russian spiral bracelet to go with my new necklace. I hope you like it. Please check out what the other participants made at http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog/

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  1. The white glass beads really perk it up and the chain dangles add so much interest. I admire anyone that can bead weave. The bracelet is outstanding.

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  2. Thanx Jeannie. I feel honored to be part of your challenge. It was so much fun. The bracelet started out to be part of the necklace but plans changed so it became a bracelet.

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  3. Everything's better with a little blue in it, right? I'm with Jeannie, I can't imagine having the patience to do beadweaving. I tried years ago but my patience hasn't increased with age, sadly. And I totally like your choice to make a shorter, two stranded necklace. That will be a lot more wearable. I'm sure you'll enjoy wearing this set often, it will go with so many things, too.

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    1. Everything is better with blue in it I thought the same thing when I looked at your piece.I love beadweaving. Bead embroidery is my favorite thing to do. I keep trying to learn new things with each piece I design. This is my first Russian spiral. It was not as hard as I thought it would be.

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  4. Very nice- AND you tackled a project from Cindy's book! I'm impressed. I've looked through it but haven't attempted a link yet; that's next. The Russian spiral is lovely- something on the "want to learn" list. Christie

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    1. Thanx Christie. I can tell that Cindy's book will become a go to reference. This is my first Russian spiral. I found it easier than I thought it would be.

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  5. Becky, your new nwcklace is very pretty, so much more fresh and eyecatching than the original one. And the bracelet complements it well.
    I've just remembered that somewhere I still have an unfinished russian spiral necklace from the last A time to stitch challenge ... and maybe it's time to finish it - thanks for the reminder;-)
    Alenka

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    1. Thanx Alenka. I'm glad that I reminded you to finish an unfinished necklace. I joined the a time to stitch challenge this time.

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  6. Lighter and brighter for sure! It is a great reflection of the original. and the bracelet is a little bonus! Great to see your process.

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    1. Thanx Beti. I was going for a reflection of the original. Thanx for noticing.

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  7. What a great transformation while keeping in the basic "bones" of Jeannie's original!

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    1. Thanx Monique. I am pleased with the results.

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  8. What a transformation! I love what you made, and I am so impressed with the Russian spiral bracelet. So much gorgeousness!

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    1. Thanx Donetta. Actually Russian spiral is really easy. I used 3 sets of beads for the tube. Each set has 4 beads. You only have to stitch in every 4th bead so it works up fast. You don't even have to step up just keep stitching until it is the length you want.

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  9. Love the way you coordinated the necklace and bracelet. Nicely done!

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    1. Thanx Linda,The bracelet started out to be part of the necklace but it didn't look right so I made it a bracelet.

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  10. Oh my that's a stunning re-work! The addition of colour really makes it zing. Gorgeous!

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    1. Thanx Nelly, adding color was the first thought when I opened my package.

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  11. Beautiful job Miss Becky - I really like the pops of color that you added to the original color scheme. Your Russian spiral bracelet perfectly compliments the necklace - love them! :)

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    1. Thanx Molly, My first thought was this necklace needs some color. I like the bracelet too.

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  12. How very creative! I love the use of the white beads to punch up the impact of the necklace.

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  13. Thanx Susan. I am pleased with how my necklace turned out.

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  14. Wow...you are right. It did need some color. I love the blue in it. Make the whole necklace shine. And the bracelet is gorgeous. Great job! Thanks for posting.

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    1. Thanx Vera, I like the color combo too. I like blue a lot and I have found that it complements most other colors even yellow, so it is kind of a go to color for me. The bracelet started as a neckstrap for the necklace, but it overpowered the grey links so I made it into a bracelet.

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