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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Snowflake Challenge Part 2

So after I was disappointed with Round 1, I dismantled and started fresh.  I added my own silver chain, freshwater pearls and some other beads.  I had nothing in mind other than making something I liked.  Blue is my favorite color, so I definitely wanted to use as many of the kit's beads as possible.  I added a pair of simple earrings from the beads I did not use on the necklace.  I added the pearls so that the necklace did not have too much of a winter feel to it.  I tend to wear blue more in the summer than the winter, so I designed the necklace to be worn over a turtleneck as well as with a v-neck t-shirt and a navy cardigan. 

I have no intention of selling this set, unless the price is right. ;-) 

For those who aren't part of the contest, here is the kit we received. . . .

Here's the chaos  .  .  .  . 



Here's the finished product . . . . 22" necklace and earrings. . . .


A close-up of the beautiful pendant and blue beads . . . . 


And finally, here's the necklace, on a black background. 


Here is a link to the host blog which contains the other contest participants:

38 comments:

  1. Very,very pretty...and I had to laugh at your first sentence, because I think it's probably quite unusual for a design to be perfect on the first try! I spend more time taking pieces apart than I do assembling them in the first place...

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    1. Thank you. :-)

      I usually re-design as I'm making . .. rather than making, tearing apart and then remaking again. So this process was actually quite odd for me.

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  2. I also started and restarted several times before I worked out what I finally came up with. But I do like the second design much better.

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  3. So pretty Jennifer! I just loved seeing what everyone did with the focals :)

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  4. I love the asymmetrical design of your piece and you combined everything so nicely. Good job.

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    1. Thank you. Asymmetrical stuff is tricky to still make it feel "balanced". I'm happy to see so many positive remarks.

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  5. Very pretty! I like the asymmetry of it too.

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  6. Love it! So interesting, I want to keep looking at it! :)

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  7. It's brave to take things apart and start over. It may seem like other designers never do this, but trust me, they do it all the time! I like this new version, especially how you used the smaller links.

    Your chaos looks pretty controlled compared to mine. :)

    Thanks for joining the challenge!

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    1. I usually re-design and re-do while in the middle of the piece. To finish, photograph and then dismantle was out of the ordinary for me. But I am happy with the 2nd one.
      The "chaos" wouldn't be bad, but it was my kitchen table. I don't have dedicated studio space, so I have to put everything away after each project. :-(

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  8. Very clean and interesting components! I really like the dangle on the focal and the general casual yet sophisticated look of the piece. Nicely done!

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    1. Thank you. :-) The Swarovski crystals on the jump rings were a total last minute add-on.

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  9. Lovely. I really like this. I didn't give my set up, either, so I don't blame you a bit.

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    1. Thank you! I've worn it at least once/week since I made it. lol.

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  10. Jennifer, I love,love, love your necklace! I'll bet it is stunning when worn. Blue is my favorite color too, and I thought this would be a breeze. But trying to make a necklace gave me the most trouble.

    Great job!

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    1. Thank you so much. I also thought the pieces would be easier to work with until I actually started . . my drawings were way cooler on paper than in real form. I was tempted to drill a 2nd hole in the large focal piece to make it into a bracelet. (I am happy I did not do that though)

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  11. I love your final piece! I'm impressed you used all of the different blues. (I kept editing them out.)

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    1. Thank you! I wanted it to be mostly blue so that I could wear it with all of my spring & summer navy blue clothes . . . . but I'm actually wearing it today with a black turtleneck sweater and it is quite stunning with black, too.

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  12. Your set turned out lovely! I like the way you added the chain...it gives it a nice contemporary feel.

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  13. Your set is gorgeous! I'm not suprised you're wearing it! Love the chain . ..

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  14. Jennifer, I think your second round on the necklace turned out wonderful. I really like your design it is beautiful. I don't do well with asymmetrical design, I'm too OCD I guess.
    Therese

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    1. LOL @ thank you! The crooked stuff is way trickier . .. . but for some odd reason, I did not want symmetry on this one at all.

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  15. Love it, what a fun piece it will be to wear!

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    1. Thank you. I'm excited to see how it looks with summery stuff. :-)

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  16. Just a note - there's a few blogs where I could not leave comments (comment form is locking up on me). But I truly did enjoy seeing eveyrone's work. This was a fun challenge and a great experience. :-)

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  17. I love the addition of the stick pearls and the asymmetry of the whole piece. I am among those who have difficulty designing anything that isn't symmetrical! Very nice work!

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