Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What's Old is New Again

Happy Wednesday!
I am finally getting to the posting of my “What’s Old is New Again” blog challenge from Artbeads.
This set of elements gave me some challenges, which led to a bit of a creative block.
I am finally happy to show you my pieces.
I really love working with rolo chain, it is actually one of my favorite chains. In the past I have used the sterling silver, but this gunmetal one is great also and looks awesome mixed with the sterling silver.
In this piece I also included some white beads from a necklace that was once my grandmothers, some of my pink glass headpins and some silver chain.
The pink flower beads that are attached to the silver chain I doubled on a silver headpins along with the white vintage beads and glass headpins that I made.

The photo in the bezel is of my grandfather with a silver key charm and a Bahamian coat of arms from an old stamp set in resin.
I finished the back of the necklace with some soft pink, silk ribbon.
This necklace needed a pair of earrings to go with it, and this is what I came up with.
They are very light and fun.
I added single pink resin flowers on the rolo chain. There are three strands in different lengths and at the top one of my handmade glass headpins.
Also from Artbeads I got the cutest metal bicycle pendant and made this casual necklace from this piece, also complimented with some of my grandmother’s beads.
I love the mixture of metals in this piece. It is going to be great with jeans and a casual shirt.
Artbeads has a variety of these metal pendants with other themes and they make a quick, cute pendant on a necklace.
So here is where my real challenge came in……
I got some large transparent resin roses from Artbeads as well, and when they arrived there was no hole to string them or attach them. (if I would have read the description properly I would have known this before hand)
I tried to attach them to silver rings with epoxy and they didn’t hold.
Then it hit me …… add it to a mixed media piece!!
What took me so long to come up with that?!?!?!
I love how this turned out and I was sorry I didn't have anymore resin flowers to add to more mixed media pieces.
Here is a close up of the flowers. The rabbits look like they are feeding amongst the flowers.
After making this piece I thought the flowers would make great additions to an art quilt. So I guess I will have to order some more!
Hope you are all having a wonderful week!



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4 comments:

Pretty Things said...

AWESOME! I am sooo behind in doing this challenge.

Amy said...

I love these designs! Those little pink flower beads are sweet.

Maggie said...

Those are beautiful! I love the older styles of jewelry!

Janet said...

Really beautiful Kimberly! You have such a Speial touch that I only see in you...xx

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