Do-Over Reveal

My necklace from Jeannie K. Dukic was a chain of beautiful semi-precious jade and faceted czech glass crystals.
A long wire wrapped chain by Jeannie Dukic, jade and Czech crystals
Coordinating Bracelet

Earrings to match

I had a moment of hesitation as I cut into the beautiful chain of wire wrapped jade and crystals. The delicacy of the chain was not to be least by me. But I had a vision, so I went ahead. At first I planned to remove the crystals and go all "natural", I wanted to add a complementary color and some variety of shapes to the chain. The lovely chain became a lariat, as I decided to keep the ring part of the toggle, and I spliced in wire wrapped sections of red agate and sections of rust-tone Czech disc beads with the crystals. The crystals became a contrasting texture to the stones and disc beads. The decision on the focal came later, after auditioning a number of artisan beads I recently ordered.
Auditioning some porcelain focals - by Round Rabbit

 I ended up choosing the pale green porcelain disc from a set I purchased from Round Rabbit - Nancy Adams. The disc is embellished with jump rings and Vintaj Arte Metal leaves which I patina'ed using Vintaj and Martha Stewart patinas. In the final focal, I realized it resembles a Dream Catcher made of porcelain. My original vision was to take a spring-feeling necklace and transform it to an early Autumn piece. So this design is named Autumn Dreams.
Autumn Dreams Lariat

Focal pendant
The focal is embellished with patina'ed metal leaves, a jade nugget, some jade beads from the bracelet, some 3mm red agate, and fancy jump rings. It is attached with red agate strung on beading wire. A short section of strung beads passes through the loop of the toggle clasp and connects to the chain.
Autumn Dreams Lariat
I had lots of fun realizing my vision for this necklace, and also made coordinating earrings. I have a plan for a bracelet, but that will have to wait a few weeks...
Complementary colors really Pop!

Please visit Jeannie's blog to see her
Jeannie K Dukic - Do-over-challenge-reveal
and here are the rest of the participants:

Penny Houghton
Donetta Farrington
Louise Glazier (You're Here!)
Molly Alexander
Veralynne Malone
Becky Pancake
Shai Williams
Renetha Stanziano
Rebecca Ednie
Beti Horvath


  1. "Auditioning" artisan beads, that cracked me up and what a perfect choice going with the porcelain disk. The colors just pop in this necklace. Thank you for participating and I hope you join me for the next one.

    1. Thank you Jeannie, for your kind comments, I had fun with this makeover, and look forward to March 2015, to signing up for the next Do-Over!

  2. A lovely re-do! I like the addition of the warm colors, they really make the necklace and earrings fit with the season.

  3. I love the addition of the red colors - what a way to make the greens pop! Nancy's focal is a perfect addition, and looks great with the patinaed leaves. Beautiful makeover!

  4. HI Louise, The red agate that you added really made the jade beads pop. Your necklace and earrings are beautiful.

  5. The addition of red makes everything pop and sparkle. Perfect choice of focal too.
    Lovely make-over!

  6. It looks more like a tropical summer (citrusy) to me but either way, it's lovely.

    1. Yes, Rebecca, you're right now I think of it, the colors are citrusy summer, too! I like how they work together.

  7. How gorgeous! The addition of the red really made the beads pop and turned it into a design that I would happily wear. And I think that the perfect focal won the staring roll.

  8. The addition of the red really made the design eye catching. I love the focal you used for the necklace. Beautiful work.

  9. I love your remake. The red is making everything Pop! Love the focal treatment.


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