Five and Dime Style Jewelry Challenge

I wanted to share a fun challenge piece today.  Brenda Sue Landsdowne of B'Sue Boutiques challenged her readers and customers to create "Five and Dime Style" inspired jewelry and then to post their creations on her Facebook page.  My eye was caught by the fun colors and dime-store "thrifty-ness" of the examples she showed, so I decided to participate.

As there are many pieces and parts available in her store, B'Sue Boutiques, I ventured out there to order a few items to use in my necklace.  Well, the result is pretty out of character for me, but was oh-so-fun to create.  So without further ado, I present you with "Dime Store Emporium":


I ordered a huge set of vintage assorted hard plastic flower parts and a brass necklace base from the store, and started putting pieces and parts together like a mad woman!


I have been holding on to the turquoise Japanese acrylic links for a long time, and this seemed like the perfect project for them.


I wanted to give the piece a little "edge", so I drilled into the brass neckpiece and used tiny nuts and bolts to create the flowers and then to attach the flowers to the base.


Well...this is DEFINITELY a statement piece, and the challenge most certainly took me out of my comfort zone!  But if you take it as a tongue-in-cheek homage to the "Five and Dime" style, I think it fit the bill for the challenge!

If you can, take some time to go out to B'Sue Boutiques' Facebook page and browse around the other entries!
TesoriTrovati said...

I have been watching these creative pieces roll in to the challenge. What a riot of color this neck garden is! I love it, and it would be the perfect statement with a little black dress or a garden party!
Enjoy the day!

Pretty Things said...

I absolutely love this, and things like this -- but I have NO idea how to DO things like this! You knocked it out of the park!

rosa & josie said...

Oh, Molly....I think Erin is absolutely right! I see it at a Garden would fit right in. I really like how you used the nuts & bolts~great idea my friend =))

My Life Under the Bus said...

WHat fun - I love that chain !!! I love B'sue - she always send candy with her orders : )

Beth Bricker said...

Very cool! This is a real popular look right now. I was just in an antique mall on Sunday afternoon and there was a booth with quite a few big flower necklace for sale with quite a hefty price tag. I love all of the colorful flowers, you did a great job with this challenge.

Outstanding Stranger said...

Wonderful, colorful and fun, it is always fun to try new things. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Diane

Suz said...

I think that is so much fun. Yes, I would wear it...not to church...but to a fun Spring outing!


Stephani said...

So Cute Molly! Really fun and trendy!!! Hugs, Stephani