Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Jewelry-Making Show Down

My Sister-in-law, Stacey, has known me for ... a while. Let's just put it like that before we start insulting anyone by adding up ages.

Stacey tagged me on a Facebook photo and said, "This necklace is kind of cool Julie Bowen...hint, hint... :)"

Drippy Necklace by Denise Yezbak Moore Designs
posted by Halcraft USA

A friend of hers piped in, "I have all the beads to make that."

Oh. Okay. Super! I don't have to do it then.

But, like I said, Stacey knows me and my psychotic competitiveness. If you saw the post you would read, "Haha! You should both make it...in different colors...it could be like a "jewelry-off" kind of competition..."

But what she wanted me to understand is, "Doood! Julie! She totally thinks she's better than you. Lol. She probably is. You suck!" Sure, she means that in a funny just-kidding-I-love-you kind of way ... but she knows how I'll respond.


Here, in the mean streets of Saint Paul, Minnesota we don't let challenges go unanswered! That's RIGHT!

The Mean Streets of Saint Paul
what do you mean you don't see the mean streets?
They're probably just being hidden behind my giant inflatable pumpkin,
the linden trees or, you know, the elementary school.
But they're there. They're there.

So, fine. Challenge on! And I started immediately plotting the minimum amount of work necessary to win the challenge. Just kidding. I totally wanted to dominate ... but I only had a couple of hours to work on it. I always get an icky feeling about straight-up copying someone else's design, so I knew right off that I needed to make it with in a different medium. Beadwork happens to always look majorly impressive, so I thought that I could use some big 8/0 beads with some tiny 15/0 to fill in a bit, and I could have something that I could work up fairly quickly, and have it look great and similar without the icky feeling about copying.

What I came up with was this:
Stacey's An Instigator

Using right angle weave (RAW) I created the front fringed focal in the style of the picture with a little ombre shading, and Japanese drops on the end, like drops of blood. Then I stitched some Swarovski crystals on top to give it some sparkle and sophistication. Then I added simple seed bead straps with a vintage button clasp. So, different techniques, a slightly different aesthetic with picot-looking edges. I think the beaded details give it a more Gothic aesthetic.

Stacey's An Instigator

So, how do you think I did? Did I meet the challenge? Am I still too close to the original design? Now I challenge YOU! How would you remake the necklace in your style?

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Haha! You don't suck. I just knew you would make it...if coerced. I was raised by the master of manipulation you know... ;)

    1. Good point! :) You know me so well! Maybe too well!?!? Whoever brings Sawyer trick-or-treating (Sean took off that day), will bring it with.