The Beauty Make-Over
Jeannie Dukic of Jeannie’s Blog has been making jewelry for a very long time. Looking back at some of her beginning efforts made her realize how far she had come. It also made her realize that she no longer wanted those initial pieces of jewelry because they didn’t live up to her current standards of design or craftsmanship. She had the brainstorm to send the old jewelry out to interested designers, who would photograph the original piece, then take it apart and breathe new life into it.
Here is what Jeannie sent me.. I think this pendant was a project in Bead Style magazine. The rest is all black, with little visual interest. Hey, ‘ya gotta start somewhere. My early attempts were not this pretty at all.
So I cut it all apart and put it with a very cool, slightly edgy ceramic pendant by Yolanda’s Clay.
I scattered Jeannie’s black beads throughout the multi-strand section of the necklace. The beads in the single strand portion came from an old necklace of my aunt’s, that she no longer wanted. So I cut it apart, too. It was also all plain black and just begging for a make-over.
I chose the sterling silver clasp because it so beautifully echos the spirals on the heart.
What do you think? Did I give this a second lease on life?
This necklace is now available in my shop.
Now comes the fun part. Click on the links below and you’ll find other jewelry designers who received old jewelry from Jeannie and reworked those oldies into beautiful new pieces of jewelry that anyone would be proud to wear.