|Three Women Dressed as Gypsies Dance in a Field Near the Mountain. Photographer Vern C. Gorst, ca. 1929-1932 University of Washington Libraries, Digital Collection.|
Last night as I was finishing up the final touches of my Do Over Challenge necklace, I asked my spouse to stop by our local craft store to pick up additional Czech black diamond beads and a little Stiff Stuff for my next jewelry project. Because we were both celebrating a little extra income this week from intense overtime last week, I asked for a luxury item too: a new jewelry magazine! My sweet spouse bought two. As I dove into the table of contents looking for friends' and acquaintance's work, there was Jeannie K.Dukic, published in Jewelry Stringing, Fall 2012. "There's Jeannie!" I exclaimed, pointing to her name, "That's who is hosting the challenge for the necklace I'm working on right now! Oh, isn't this fun? She's an incredible artist and instructor." I shared, smiling and honored.
Jeannie's Blog shares the motto, "Be brave enough to live your life creatively." Her art graces the words. She is a mixed media artist, creating fine arts in many forms: beads, jewelry, clay, painting, paper, textiles, drawing and more. I feel fortunate to participate in the challenge, and am indeed braver and more creative thanks to Jeannie and the many amazing artists like her who inspire with their beauty every day!
Here is the pretty necklace I received for the challenge, a black and white lampwork and crystal silver necklace. The lampwork beads also have touches of olive:
The challenge is to use at least 50% of the necklace, adding from our own stash as needed. The necklace had three lampwork focal beads, and a generous amount of fancy crystals in unique cube/round cuts and beautifully faceted styles. Most of the crystals were AB, and color danced from the beads.
The spacers were similar in style to the crystals: beautifully shaped and geometrical silver endcaps:
The spectator colorway, ornate style, and uniquely shaped crystals of the original necklace gave me a lot to work with. The jewelry started out pretty! The components were all strong, and although I don't often work in black and white, ideas came easily. I looked through photography for a story of the black and white colorway, and came across Gorst's amazing dancing gypsies!
|My treasure box was full of a black & white colorway of beads!|
Magically, the necklace perfectly complimented a special treasure box of black and white beads I've been gathering.
The colorway of my bead treasures was perfect for Jeannie's necklace. The wooden fairy box held several bold, sophisticated polymer clay beads. Two softly patterned black and white swirled clay beads and a dramatic black bead full of ornate infinity symbols and accents in silver -- all gifted to me by Margareta Saari of Finland. There were also several beautiful black and deep blue polymer beads created and gifted to me by Tina Holden.
And my most recent treasure: textured, wonderful lava beads from Lori Anderson.
I created three strands for my Do Over necklace: stringing the larger, geometric shaped crystals with white freshwater pearls and silver Czech beads; wire wrapping a beaded chain using lava beads, the smallest crystals, and black diamond Czech glass; and lastly, stringing obsidian and black diamond Czech glass beads.
I made a gunmetal jump ring to attach all three strands to the focal, and let the opposite ends of the bead strands fall through the large focal opening.
Thank you for stopping by:)
Enjoy all the courageously creative Do Over Challenge Jewelry of the Day!
Host Jeannie K Dukic http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog
Miranda Ackerley http://mirandack.com/
Patti Vanderbloemen http://myaddictionshandcrafted.blogspot.com/
Marlene Cupo http://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com/
Mary Govaars http://mlhjewelrydesigns.com/
Kelli Jacobson http://www.creativemoonjewelryandthings.com/
Gerry Nickerson http://gersgems1.blogspot.com/
Charlene Jacka http://clay-space.com/blog
Birgit Klughardt http://www.gitesbeads-gite.blogspot.com/
Mowse Doyle http://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com/
Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/
Debbie Beechy http://beetique56.blogspot.com/
Cilla Watkins http://www.tellyourgirlfriends.com/
Carolyn Lawson http://carolyncreationswa.blogspot.com
Micha Sorensen http://tulipsandpine.blogspot.com
Emma Todd http://www.apolymerpenchant.com
Donetta Farrington http://simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com/
Tracy Stillman http://www.tracystillmandesigns.com/
Rita Avila http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com/ (you are here)