5th Do Over Challenge

Welcome to the reveal of my entry to the 5th Do Over Challenge!

What is the Do Over Challenge?  Originated by Jeannie Dukic of Jewelry by Jeannie, the main idea is that the participants each receive an unloved or orphaned piece of Jeannie’s jewelry and then re-make the piece into an entirely new piece of jewelry. The rules are that you can add or subtract whatever beads you want, but you need to keep at least 50% of the contents of the original piece.

I was excited for the challenge and I think I really fancied the mystery aspect. I supposed it’s sort of like that little bit of thrill when you buy a grab bag at a bazaar…you never know what you’re going to get. I signed up right away and waited for my package.

Package from Jeannie Dukic containing my Do Over Challenge necklace.
Do Over Challenge necklace that will be deconstructed.

Front of the Do-Over challenge necklace.

Back of the Do Over Challenge necklace, showing the heart shaped clasp.

Inside the neatly wrapped tissue paper was a forlorn little beaded necklace. It was made with beads of ceramic, landscape jasper, and red quartz and accented with corrugated metal and tiny wooden beads. The beads were strung with wire loops and the clasp was a filigree toggle in a heart shape. It was nice enough, but just sort of…um…plain. I saw right away that it had possibilities.

When I was taking the necklace apart, the toggle for the clasp broke. So that meant I had to fashion another sort of closure. I was able to use the filigree heart shape as a charm, though. The only material I didn’t re-use were the red quartz beads. I am not a fan of red in general and I thought  the blue-green of the ceramic beads was particularly nice against the natural tones of the landscape jasper. So I took that as an example and added more ceramic beads, using the bead caps from the original necklace.

Completed Do Over Challenge entry by Ginger Davis Allman showing the Rustic polymer clay bead. Finished Do Over Challenge necklace featuring ceramic beads and a handmade rustic focal bead made from polymer clay.


Going with a green theme, I also added some green illusion beads. The little girl in me thinks they’re just the neatest thing. As a focal I used one of my handmade Rustic Focal Beads, again, echoing the green theme. I finished off the necklace with some brushed silver chain and a heart shaped toggle connector. (Note…you can find the tutorial to make this Rustic Bead here!)

Detail view of Do Over Challenge necklace showing the rustic polymer clay focal bead. Do Over Challenge entry showing my handcrafted Rustic polymer clay bead.As today’s the reveal date for the 5th Do Over Challenge, all the other participants in the challenge are revealing their creations today as well. So take a few minute to cruise around and see what the others have made with their Do Over Challenge piece. I can’t wait to see what others have done! There are 16 participants total. Here they are:

Charlie Jacka  http://clay-space.com/blog
Jeannie K Dukic http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog
Susan Delaney  www.ladyflowersbysusan.wordpress.com


Does this sound like fun? Do you want to be part of the 6th Do Over Challenge? Jeannie has already posted about it here on her website. To join, you do need to pay her a tiny bit for the postage, but you get free beads! Here’s the banner. Feel free to post to your own blog as well. (Jeannie’s site was a bit slow for me…be patient.)

6th Do Over Challenge widget

15 thoughts on “5th Do Over Challenge”

  1. Thank you all for your comments about my entry in the Do Over Challenge. I am very pleased with this necklace and I will be keeping this one for myself. I think it will get a lot of use this summer. I do find myself being more drawn to green lately. I really enjoyed this challenge and it was fascinating looking at everyone else’s entries (I hope I didn’t miss anyone). I will most definitely sign up for the next one. I learned a LOT doing this.

  2. You took the basic pieces and made something completely your own, which is exactly the point of Jeannie’s challenges. When I see your design, I almost wish I hadn’t been too reluctant to snip apart all the perfect wire wraps on my piece!

  3. ladyflowersbysusan

    First of all, I love the gracious way you described the challenge. I love how you removed the beads that were not true to your own special biology and coloring. I love how you created a focal for this piece. I never would have thought of that! It was cool how you repurposed the surviving part of the toggle. Virtue all the way through it!

  4. I would have had a really hard time cutting apart the neatly wired wrapped beads…’trashing’ the necklace I got was actually the hardest part of the challenge. Your final piece is lovely.. will have to watch out for your tutorial!

  5. Interesting that all the necklaces have seen so far have ended up longer than the original! I love your changes, and new focal and the little former toggle together make the piece!

  6. “yay, tutorial!”
    Thank you Ginger for the shout out and posting my blog badge for the next Do Over Challenge.

    “Plain but had possibilities.” I love that Ginger! Staying with a green theme and your Rustic focal really ties this piece all together. Love that focal! Thank you so much for participating and I hope you join us for the next one.

    P.S. I love illusion beads too!

  7. Oh, I love what you did! I really like simple necklaces, but sometimes they are too simple and need a little twist. And your rustic bead and the heart add that. Perfect!

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