Even though I make my own jewelry with cool gemstones and artist beads, I still cannot help but scan the costume jewelry section at stores when I am out shopping. I buy pieces here and there and wear them as is, OR take them apart and fashion them into new designs! I was excited to find some cool peacock feather earrings by Lucky Brand at Macy's a while back. After wearing them for a few hours - OUCH - they were too heavy! So I decided to make them into pendants. On another visit to Macy's, I found a long beaded necklace that had all the right colors and funky looking beads. So I bought it, rearranged their placement and length a bit, and attached the feather. Yippee!
Next, I have been a fan of Anne Choi for many years and have finally gotten around to purchasing some of her pieces.... I bought her 2 new owl beads! I used components from a necklace from the Express (that I had for years) and a necklace from Kohl's (recent find) to pull it all together. I knew I wanted different colors and finishes of metal on it. The part that is from Kohl's is the strand that is beaded. All of the other parts are from the Express necklace, and then I added some hematite stars as well. I wish my pictures would turn out better, but I will still keep experimenting with the best "techniques" for photographing jewelry. At any rate, I love the combination of silver, brass and copper and the rhinestone circle is unexpected and feminine in a look that I think is very "industrial".