Sunday, April 21, 2013

Jeannie Dukic's 5th Do-Over Challenge

Once again, the incredible Ms. Dukic sent me stellar "ingredients" with which to work.  To be perfectly honest, when I opened the package and pulled out the piece of jewelry (in this case, three pieces, counting the earrings as only one piece) I was so taken with the perfection of Jeannie's work that I couldn't imagine taking it apart.  See for yourself!



Two ropes of sage green cultured potato pearls, each meticulously wrapped to the next.  Each component is perfection...the circles are perfectly round, the number of wire wraps is exactly the same for each.  I was extremely reluctant to take them apart!  So I didn't.  Well...I did snip just a few, but only so I could re-join them into one long rope.  I did not add a clasp; the continuous rope of pearls was long enough to go right over any head.  Long and beautiful. 
 
I attached each end of the pearl rope to an antiqued silver swirly "S" shaped connector, and attached those to a pretty cameo on an antiqued silver filigree backing.  Here you can see two views of the finished product:
 

 
Jeannie, you left me with a dilemma.  Your work is so perfect...and PEARLS!  How can anyone go wrong with pearls?  I simply couldn't take apart your beautifully precise wire-wrapped pearls!  The finished necklace is long and gorgeous; the pearls command as much attention as the cameo.  I love wearing it. 
 
Please stop by and see the creations made by the other jewelry designers who joined this challenge:
Ginger Davis Allman http://thebluebottletree.com/
 

20 comments:

  1. I agree with you - simply to perfect to completely dismante. But I love what you've done with it. The cameo lifts it to another level. Gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you so much! All that precision work...I wanted to keep it and showcase it!

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  2. Hey no dilemma, you solved it no problem! I love to hear that you're wearing it.
    The swirly "S" shaped connectors are a perfect choice that adds a beautiful panache with the cameo pendant. Thank you so much for participating and I hope you will join us for the next one.

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  3. Yes, I know the feeling of destroying Jeanie's perfect wire wraps! Yet I went ahead and cut off about a million little crystals! Brava for creating something new while preserving her workmanship!

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    1. I'm going to your blog right now to peek...you are a brave woman!!!

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  4. Great design! I agree with you that the pearls and wire work are gorgeous and deserve to be kept.

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  5. I noticed the perfect circles on the crystals I got but they weren't wire wrapped so I got to move them around at will. I wanted to used the beads from the earrings but didn't have the heart to cut them apart so just lengthened the earrings. Those pearls are a lovely colour and I wouldn't have been able to cut them apart either!

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    1. I kept wondering, as I worked on this piece...how on earth does Jeannie create this perfection wrap after wrap? Maybe it's because she does soooo many of them; practice makes perfect, as my mama used to say!

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  6. Oh how beautiful!!! I can see why you didn't want to take them apart. My necklace from Jeannie was also put together with those perfect wire loops. I could never make them so evenly, myself! You've created a very wearable piece. I can imagine it with so many things. Well done!

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    1. Her work is really beautiful...so precise.

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  7. You did right by that pearl chain. I would not have wanted to take it apart either. Adding the pendant was the best way to enhance it. Very pretty.

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    1. Oh thank you...I had to keep it "as is".

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  8. I totally agree with you. I would have been reluctant to take apart all of those perfectly wrapped pearls. I love what you did with it.

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  9. I totally agree with you - I wouldn't have had the heart to cut up the pearl chain either! I love your focal and the way you used the swirly connectors, and it got me wondering if the necklace could also double as a choker - so versatile! Beautiful job!

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  10. Now my wheels are turning...it can certainly wrap around the neck with the pendant hanging lower. Great idea!!!

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  11. Pearlfect! And I love that cameo.

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  12. You are right, love the pearls!
    Cheri

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