Project Accessory Episode 2 Recap: Swarovski Shoes? Yes Please!

 

Rich's shoe pattern
Photo by Lifetime Television.

So, what did you think of Project Accessory, episode 2, last night? The designers were challenged to choose a piece of Swarovski jewelry at a Swarovski Crystallized store and then choose a bag full (swoon!) of Swarovski crystals to make a pair of shoes and a piece of jewelry. I was swooning over all the Swarovski fabulousness, but this week's challenge was the very reason I didn't try out for that show–the design and the construction of shoes! I assumed it would be really hard to make shoes and I think I was right… though that masking-tape pattern idea is intriguing.

 
Nina's sandals and ring
Photo by Lifetime Television.

For the jewelry creations themselves, I loved Nina's ring (and her sandals) and Diego's necklace, and I thought all of Nicolina's pieces were great, though not necessarily my style. David's bold ring and cuff bracelet were amazing! I love that he referred to the ring as subtle. If that's subtle, I'd love to see him go over the top! I agree with the judges, though, that his pieces didn't go well with the necklace he chose as the inspiration piece for all of it.

 
Diego's necklace
Photo by Lifetime Television.

I didn't like that Adrian was so penalized (I was afraid he was going home!) for forgetting his earrings, when his shoes (the main focus) were so fabulous. I also felt there was too much emphasis on the ensemble instead of on the accessories, which is what the show is about! When a jewelry designer sits down to make a piece of jewelry (or a shoe designer, or a handbag designer…), how much do you think they consider the clothes that it will be worn with? Do you consider that when you make jewelry? I definitely don't. Sometimes I make a specific piece to go with a specific outfit of mine or for a client, but when I'm just creating, I create the piece for the piece alone.

Next week's episode looks interesting. I saw a lot of power-tool use–think it will be jewelry again? Maybe it's time for some hard-core metalsmithing? I hope so!

 

Meanwhile, join our Project Accessory-inspired Make Along challenge. This week we'll make jewelry (unless you just want to make shoes?) inspired by and/or featuring spectacular Swarovski crystals. And to get you in the mood for working with crystals (like bling needs an invitation!), here's this week's Make-Along special discount, just for Project Accessory fans like you!

Sparkles, crystals, and bling-we just can't get enough! If you found inspiration from all that shine last night then you better put your shades on, cause for 2 days only you can save 30% on (Swarovski ambassador) Kristal Wick's Beaded Bracelets with Fiber, Beads, Crystals, Resin and Wire DVD. Kick your designs up a notch (like Brian's blinged out heel, yes please!) with spectacular designs full of pizzazz! It's on sale for Project Accessory fans now through 11/06/11! Just enter coupon code PA2 when you're ready to check out.

So what did you think of the show? I'd love to hear your thoughts below. And remember, if you missed last night's episode, you can watch it online.  

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