Friday, June 24, 2016

Before and After - Relishing Redo's

I don't know about you but I relish remaking things.  Not in the moment as I am making them because that is rework.  No, maybe months, even years after.  I have a bag full of jewelry waiting to be remade.  However, I never touch it.  Well, I touch it but mostly put things back.  The jewelry I want to remake and the jewelry I do remake is often the stuff sitting on display in my studio or in my own personal collection.

I have all the pieces I made in the last several months hanging on busts or jewelry stands and every now and again, I scan them for remake potential.   Sometimes the remake is rather simple.  Sometimes it is very messy.  Sometimes it goes into the bag of stuff  to be remade and is never heard from again.

 The remake that is the subject of this post involved two items I am very fond of individually.  And, actually, they can still be worn separately.   The wirework piece which has primarily cultured pearls, jasper, and swarovski crystals started as a rather busy piece.  But, then I removed part of it and created two separate necklaces.  The poly clay snakeskin piece had a couple lives also as shown in the photos below.  Anyhow, I am starting with the final result first and then what follows are the various "before" versions of both pieces. 

The Final version...for now!!!

Below is what the original wirework piece looked like.  Was way too busy but it took me several months to realize that.

 I eventually removed the piece that was on the right hand side and used part of it to create the necklace below.

The remaining piece I put in my personal collection though I have hardly worn it.  See photo below.  This photo is not a very good one but I was too lazy to take a new one.

Here is how the poly clay snakeskin started its life.  Had a bunch of bead woven beads spilling down the neck.  I liked that but got tired of looking at it.

For Version 2 of the Snakeskin necklace, I replace the chain and pendant  for a softer look.  I liked that too but, for now, I like the pearl snakeskin combo.  Will see what happens in a few months.  ha ha.

And that's all for now.


  1. Loved seeing these remakes. I have a box of things waiting for me as well.

  2. I love that you do re-dos!! Did you wear each version of the pre-re-do or just look lovingly at it? Nice work, I am glad to find a new blog!

  3. That poly clay snakeskin piece is gorgeous!! I make and remake many of my pieces as well ~ our inner critic is so hard to please sometimes, isn't it? :))

    Stay inspired!

    Laura xo

  4. Hey Ladies: Thanks for the taking the time to comment. Alison, I did wear all of them at least once! ha ha And Laura, yes, that inner critic is insatiable!

  5. I love seeing all the different lives these pieces had, I think they are a great marriage together and simplified.


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