Many of you know that I participate in a wonderful blogging challenge by ArtBeads. Here is the explanation we received as a theme for this challenge:
‘What’s Old is New Again!’ is our new blogging challenge. For this theme we would like you to seek inspiration from the past by incorporating old, vintage or antique items into your designs and combine them with modern elements such as Swarovski crystals, Glass, Resin, etc. The only requirement for your creations is for each piece to have at least one ‘old’ element. It can be a family heirloom, vintage cameo, an interesting bead, pendant or item you found in an antique or thrift store, an old key, photo or any unique element of the past. You can even re-use an old jewelry piece and ‘borrow’ items from it.
I was able to choose items from several categories.
And here is what I picked.
These dragonflies were purchased about 20 years ago and have sat in my drawer for almost the entire time. I fell in love with them the moment I saw them and just had to have them. But for what ever reason, I have never been able to make anything out of them. I added them into my mix as the 'OLD' part of my design.
And then I added a few more things.
And then.... I beaded..... beaded and did just a little more beading! And here is what I came up with.
So, what do you think? I think I am 'IN LOVE'! I have named it - A Dragonfly Hidden in Blue and Green Pearls Necklace Set. Most of you know my love of dragonflies and I think this one maybe my new favorite!
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Enjoy your day and look around, you maybe able to see a dragonfly! ~KM
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