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Heirloom Asymmetry

About this design:

I designed this in response to a BeadStyle challenge--go to your jewelry box and make something new from items you don't/can't wear. I rediscovered by great-grandfather's watch chain and fob and a half strand of my grandmother's necklace of bakelite beads. This is the result (and it was one of four semi-finalists, perhaps you saw it in BeadStyle last summer?).


Hypersthene cross, copper beads, Vintaj "Love" circle for the toggle ring, copper wire, Vintaj brass chain, copper wire. Plus the "found" components: watch chain that provides the toggle bar, watch fob and black bakelite beads.

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    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    All I can come up with is WOWOWOWOWOW!

    Fabulous, creative, stylish and talk about re-using sentimental items to make something WOW!

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Absolutely wonderful.

  3. ChickyD aka Debra
    ChickyD aka Debra says:

    Very creative! Great piece! FAV! I like asymetrical designs.

  4. Leigh D
    Leigh D says:

    This is so cool – I love the “found” pieces!

  5. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    Beautiful, I hope you plan on keeping it. Too precious to let get away!

  6. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    Going back to my past issues of Bead Style to check this out. Congrats! If you ask me, you’re nummber 1.

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    Lee D says:

    This is very cool! I love the idea of making something new with old jewelry.

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    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    Fantastic. Sometimes I feel like I’m just not worthy enough to be among all of you. You are all so phenominaly talented, I’m just a rank amateur…lol

  9. Wemai Coffee Chick
    Wemai Coffee Chick says:

    Well done!! Congrats to you! This is so creative! You make me wanna make something with chains!

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    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    Thanks for all your compliments.

    Linda–this is definitely staying in the family. My two nieces will get to “fight” over who gets it.

    Ravin–we are all our own worst critics. Your “For the Heart” design shows creativity and that was a challenge to turn out a neat design working with “left-overs.” I am so glad you are among us in The Garden.

    Found designs can be a lot of fun. I look at garage sales in a whole new light. Plus, some of my customers who knew about this design, plucked up the courage to bring me things that “Well, needs repair and I just don’t think I can wear it as it originally was.” We had great fun redesigning with their components.

  11. Linda Talbott
    Linda Talbott says:

    I really love this piece. I am very drawn to the wonderful assymetry, where the side with the chain balances out the side with the beads. The chain wrapped pendant is beautiful … don’t think I’ve ever seen this before. Into my faves!

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    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    Thanks so much Runs with Sibes, I guess my problem is that I lack confidence, not really sure. I just know that I love to make jewelry, I hope to just keep getting better at it, lol.

  13. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    totally awesome. Great arrangement of treasured items.

  14. blue chick AKA TBARTON
    blue chick AKA TBARTON says:

    Yes, I have seen it int he bead style magazine it’s lovely. I had picked u as the winner next time. It’s a lovely piece.

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