Sunday, October 21, 2012

4th Do Over Challenge Reveal

The time has come for us to reveal what we created from the Do Over jewelry !
Are you curious to see what I did ?

A refresher on the items I was given ...
Which yielded these components to work with ...

The necklace and earrings I received  in my packet were made mostly of glass beads. These tend to be heavy and thick. My first reaction to the set when I removed it from the envelope and laid it on my work table was "too much of a good thing" . So I set out to create a design that would support the weight of the glass beads yet open up the piece so the hearts were the points of interest.

I separated a few of the beads out for a special project. Now, what were the balance of the beads telling me ?

The first thing to catch my attention was the clasp . A heart holding its partner.  Bringing closure to the circle. And going around & around in a circle is what I did the next few days. After much arranging & rearranging, stringing & taking apart, setting it aside & coming back later I settled on this design.

I have shown the necklace & earrings I created .

Remember  the soft pink heart beads I held out ?
I share a birth date with  a special young lady in England , Yes, Izzy, I am talking about you !  She has a passion for horses .  This set is for her !

I used the large red glass heart with other elements to create a purse fob decoration.

This is what I started with

And this is what I had left in the end.

Do Over Challenge Blog Hop List

Miranda Ackerley
Charlene Jacka

More on the 4th Do Over Challenge

There was a note included in the packet with a description of what was expected from you. One of the requirements was you must use at least 50% of the Do Over piece.We were allowed to add beads and components from our own stash. 
How  to chose a starting point in a project like this ? Taking the pieces apart to see what there actually was to work with seemed like the logical thing to do .

After separating the pieces I noticed the paler colored hearts were not white and clear as I first thought, but, a soft pale pink and clear glass. Immediately I knew that I would use them to make a gift for a certain young lady I share a birth date with.  That story will come later.
Determined that there are enough beads left to satisfy the requirement of using more than 50% of the original in the new creation.  Off to the design board. Stay tuned.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

4th Do Over Challenge

The second blog hop I choose to participate in was Jeannie Dukic's 4th Do Over Challenge. 
I was first introduced to Jeannie by way of her wonderful art beads she creates from polymer clay.  Jeannie is a multi-talented artist. You can see her beautiful jewelry designs at .
Occasionally Jeannie decides to host a little challenge where she sends jewelry she created , but has become bored with,  to others to  "Do Over" . You never know what you will receive when you enter this event. I eagerly waited for my packet to arrive ! This is the jewelry she choose for me to work with.

Decision to Have a Blog

Howdy, I am known as dr Mowse. People I meet , as I travel along my creative journey , have asked why I did not have a blog. It was a difficult decision to make. It seems as if I already have a lack of free time , too many things to do on my lists , and it would mean learning to use another application on the computer/internet.  Not to mention, I found it hard to believe anyone would really be that interested in what I would have to offer.

Even my horoscope recently was insisting - 
"Your Daily Horoscope : You are the center of attention today, people will be extremely interested in hearing what you think or have to say.  You have an opportunity to make new friends , to expand your social circle , and to reconnect with friends and family far away ."
 No matter where I turned it seemed to insist I get started.

Then I became more involved with the jewelry making artists. They have these wonderful blog hops !  I was invited by Lori Anderson , to participate in her 6th Bead Soup Blog Party . In order to take part in the events, you guessed it , one must have a blog ! This pushed me over the reluctance issues and into the world of blogging.

A warm W E L C O M E  to all who stop in and visit.