Monday, May 16, 2011 Design Challenge Reveal - Peeking into Paradise

I'm so excited to share something new with you this morning.  A few weeks ago I was accepted to be part of the Design Partners team.  What this means is that we're given a subject/theme and asked to design a piece of jewelry that highlights that theme and features products, and then sharing my honest opinion about the products I used.

This challenge was call "What's Old is New Again" and the challenge was to bring a vintage element up to modern day usefulness.  I'm so excited to share my creation with you.  I call it "Peeking Into Paradise."
Peeking into Paradise

I've used a vintage keyhole as my muse for this piece.  I also have a vintage key that goes with the keyhole, but found that using both pieces was way too heavy for the necklace.  So in staying with the vintage design, I've used an antique brass oval chain from Artbeads.  I love the texture on the oval links and it gives the necklace the perfect drape on the neck.

For the splash of color, I chose a mix of Swarovski crystals - Capri Blue, Indicolite, Erinite, Montana Blue Sky and Aquamarine.  This mix reminds me of the Caribbean... crystal clear, beautiful azul waters - a true tropical paradise.  There's no comparison once you've seen Swarovski crystals.  Their fire and sparkle are unparalleled - seriously!

As a finishing touch for Peeking Into Paradise, I chose a Tierracast Brass Oxide Pewter Lock and Key toggle.  It's the perfect finishing touch for this vintage inspired piece.  I really love how well the Tierracast closures are made, they are a good sturdy metal that will withstand even the heaviest of jewelry designs.

I also received two Tierracast Pewter charms that were not featured in this necklace.  One is a hummingbird, the other a dragonfly.  Both are of exceptional quality just like the toggle.  I anticipate showing you those in the near future, in another creation - like a bracelet to match the necklace!

I'd like to thank Artbeads for giving me the opportunity to share these great products with you.  It was such a great creative process bringing in something old with the keyhole and then turning it into something new.  It's like letting history tell a story!

Necessary Legal Stuff:  I have received the following products for this jewelry design free of charge from and I am honestly reviewing them.  I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received:  Tierracast Brass Oxide Lock and Key Toggle, Swarovski Crystal Bicones in Erinite, Indicolite, Montana Blue Sky, Swarovski Crystal 6 mm rounds in Capri Blue and Aquamarine, Antique Brass Oval Link Chain, Antique Brass head pins, eye pins and jump rings.


The Ortegas said...

Very pretty Dawn! Congrats on getting chosen to be on the Design Partners team!

Kristen said...

I know you know what I know so I am sure you know that I know that I WANT this!! Gorgeous work and I love how you made that keyhole work so perfectly! I know you know I think you are awesome. Ya know?

TesoriTrovati said...

Oh you know that I love keys and keyholes! They fascinate me. Lovely design!
Enjoy the day!

Azure Islands Designs said...

Beautiful design Dawn...the crystals add such a great pop of color to the piece!

Stacy said...

I love this, you done good girl!

Beads said...

We'd be pleased to hang them on our tree!

Jen V. said...

It's such a perfectly classic piece! Love it!

Be~Jeweled by Jana said...

It's beautiful! Love the key and keyhole theme!

sundownbeaddesigns said...

Lovely! I love the keyhole! I kinda thought along the same lines for my "old" piece.


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