Saturday, May 28, 2011

Whats Old is New Again Artbeads Challenge





















When Duchess of Artbeads contacted me about the latest blogging challenge, I was perplexed! I looked through my stash and just didn't find anything that inspired me. Then I remembered a tin of goodies I inherited from my Grandmother. I searched through it and found a little pin. The pin back was broken, and the bezel was dented, but in my eyes, it was perfect! I remember this pin from when I was a little girl. I have no history for it. I don't really know anything about it, except its really sweet and I like it! So here it is, I have entitled my piece "Something Blue".


In this piece, I used Swarovski White Pearls in both 3mm and 4mm sizes, 2mm and 4mm Swarovski Round crystals in the color Indigo, Antique Brass chain, bronze size 15 seed beads, an Antique brass trigger clasp, Antique brass Headppin, and an Antique Brass Pearl Swarovski Pear shaped bead. I love Swarovski pearls and find myself using them quite frequently in my designs. I loved the Antique brass chain, but I thought it needed something extra, so I stitched the pearls and swarovski rounds to it. I love the combination of crystal and pearls. The Indigo color is a deep rich blue. It is almost black it is so dark. I love it. I used a large antique brass trigger clasp to finish the necklace off. I am so happy with the end result. As always, Artbeads is my favorite place to shop!

*I received the above mentioned items free of charge from Artbeads for my honest opinion of them. I have not been compensated in any other way for my review.

5 comments:

Mandy said...

That's lovely! How sweet you have something of your Grandmother's to remember her by. I hardly ever saw my Grandmother because we lived in a different state, but I'm named after her. I wish I had something of hers I could make new again. :-)

Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

that's really nice. i had to do a double take on the chain. i thought it was strung beads at first, but then you said you stitched the beads to the chain. looked closer...looks neat! i like what you did for this project from duchess.

Lynn said...

oh my gosh - its perfect! I love how the bronze 15s bring up the color of her hair. And adding the pearls and crystals to the chain, well, that's just Genius!! Your Gram is smiling for sure :)

char said...

Beautiful piece. I have an old cabachon that our children gave me for Mother's day when they were little. I used it in a similar fashion. Great memories. Your piece is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Robin said...

There's something familiar about the face on the pin, maybe a Dutch painting??? Wouldn't it be nice to have some history! You found a totally lovely and creative way to make a broken pin into a wearable work of art!