The Do Over Challenge

by Cindy on April 23, 2012

Time for another fun jewelry challenge!  Today’s challenge?  The “Do Over”  hosted by Jeannie Dukic!  How’s this for a great idea:  Jeannie sent us a piece of jewelry that she made in her early days that she no longer intends to sell.  We were to take the piece of jewelry and run with it.   It was interesting anticipating what she would send !  Let me show you what came my way….

Well now I thought the necklace I received was pretty as it was!  I had plenty of  yellow jade nuggets, a  silver-colored ring, and coral sticks to work with.

Now on to how I reinvented this piece!  I didn’t have the heart to cut apart all of those yellow jade wire-wrapped links, so I decided to work with them.  I doubled them up as two strands in the back of the necklace.  I played around with the placement of the silver ring, but in the end, I kept it in the center.  I coiled wire around the ring to add some texture, and added a cluster of beads with a sterling silver leaf. Everything was then oxidized.

The necklace is now shorter and has additional color with the turquoise beads, but yet keeps the Southwestern look.

If you would like to join Jeannie’s next Do Over Challenge, you can find all of details right here!  Now on to visit the other participants….. I’m looking forward to seeing their Before and After pieces too!


Cilla Watkins

Michelle Mach

Alesha Conklin

Molly Alexander

Cindy Wimmer  (You are here!)

Mary Govaars

Marlene Cupo


Charlene Jacka

Julia Johnson

Carolyn Lawson

Pamela Orians

Linda Younkman

Shelly Joyce

Judy Riggs

Cary Scholes

Shaun Mullin

Thanks, Jeannie, for a fun challenge!  And thank YOU for visiting today –


{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

JeannieK April 24, 2012 at 5:29 am

Cindy, Seriously! You’re going to give me a heart attack, I’m having heart palpation’s! I have no words other to say, I’m blown away. You have the most amazing skills with wire.
You need to put a warning at the top of your post, “may cause profuse sweating and dizziness.”
Thank you so much for participating in my little Do Over Challenge.

Sandra April 24, 2012 at 5:48 am

Cindy, I love the turquoise infusion. It was just the right jolt for the yellow. No surprise that you could transform the look into a fashion sensation!

Patti Vanderbloemen April 24, 2012 at 6:50 am

I echo Jeannie’s comments above! Cindy Wimmer, “The Queen of Wire”! This is just stunning, and the simple (simple, ha!) coiling effect of the ring is the crowning touch! The color combination has be drooling! Beautiful!

Linda Younkman April 24, 2012 at 7:50 am

Cindy, WOW. By coiling the wire around the ring you made it totally different and adding the additional charms really made it pop. The combo of the turquoise with the yellow is a great one – it really gave the yellow beads new life.

Lori Anderson April 24, 2012 at 8:09 am

Very pretty! I love the pendant with the charms and the turquoise is terrific with the yellow.

Michelle T April 24, 2012 at 8:22 am

Really great makeover, Cindy!

Kokopelli April 24, 2012 at 8:42 am

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that do over! I really like that you kept the Southwestern style of it alive with the addition of turquoise.

Alesha Kay April 24, 2012 at 9:15 am

Yep…I was “drooling” too! 😉 I’m a sucker for turquoise as it is…but when you add the 2 colors of it with the golden glow of the jade…well, that’s just sensory overload for me – in a happy, contented “sigh” kind of way! And with amazing wire work? SO pretty! 🙂

Alesha Kay

sandi m April 24, 2012 at 10:19 am

Just perfect!!!!

Laura Twiford April 24, 2012 at 10:32 am

I agree with everyone here that has commented before me, you have incredible skills with design and wire. It is amazing the transformation you made with the addition of the turquoise and extra beads and wire. Incredible and very wearable.

Melissa M April 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

Cindy, I love that you kept all those wire-wrapped links! I wouldn’t have had the heart to take those apart either! I love your addition of turquoise to the mix and just wrapping that silver ring made a huge difference to the feel of the piece…beautiful as always!

Marlene Cupo April 24, 2012 at 11:38 am

Great southwestern look. You did a remarkable Do-over!!!

Mary Govaars April 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Love the wire wrapped ring, it really makes the whole piece pop and I am with you I wouldn’t have wanted to take apart the jade. I love the whole look!

kim April 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Oh yes, keeping the wire links and using them together is genius! The wire wrapping also caught my eye …love the wrap on the red stone…just adds such a nice touch. You rock!! So eye catching!!

Kathy April 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm

LOVE the color combination!

Michelle Mach April 24, 2012 at 5:56 pm

So pretty! I really love the addition of the turquoise and I think you were smart to keep the beaded links.

Rebecca Anderson April 24, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Haha, I love your first comment here! It’s true – it’s a beautiful piece you have created. I agree with you – it was lovely to start with, but the addition of the turquoise really makes it for me. I love the colour scheme. And you + wire = very very good!!

Alice April 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm

As you said, the piece was lovely as it was. But I do love your changes and additions. The turqouise really makes this a great piece, and I love the wire wrap around the silver link. What a great challenge! I’m off to see the rest.

Sharon Misuraco April 24, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Absolute genius! and you made it look so easy! I love the doubled strand of yellow jade and adding the turquoise was just perfect! It really needed the red too and you blended it in so well. Now I just wish you could make over some of my oldies!

Tracy April 24, 2012 at 8:46 pm

The colors are beautiful together Cindy. I love the wire wrapped circle and the charms you added. Very swoon worthy!

Molly Alexander April 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Wow Cindy – I love how you took what started out as a lovely design and completely transformed it into a beautiful piece with your signature style, while still maintaining the original feel of the piece. I would have recognized this as one of your designs anywhere! Just beautiful! 🙂

Julia April 25, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Oh my goodness I love what you did with it! I’ve been doing a lot of blue and yellow work, recently, and I love how you infused the original project with the extra color <3

I agree that the original was great… but the details that you added brought it to perfection!

I know exactly what you mean, about not wanting to take apart the work.
Your challenge piece and mine were put together similarly, and with the necklace that I received, the wire wrapping was so tight and beautifully constructed that I didn't take it apart until I had to, to put it together again!

Anyway, just saying that (as usual) I love what you've done. Thanks for playing along and sharing the finished product with us! <3

Shelby April 25, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I love how colorful the necklace is! What a great idea doubling the strand of chips! Just stunning!

Pamela April 27, 2012 at 11:27 pm

nice job……I like this necklace!

Cilla April 28, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I love how the turquoise made the yellow pop too. The original had a lot of work put into the wire wrapping so it was nice how you could salvage it. Great work as always.

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