Welcome to the second blog hop for the build a line challenge sponsored and taught by Brenda Sue Landsdowne from B’Sue Boutiques. One of the many challenges in creating a line is to make it a cohesive line of jewelry. All pieces should coordinate in some way be it the style, color scheme or theme. My chosen theme was nature inspired using a specific color palette. My chosen palette included blue, white and pink with a slightly metallic gold wash. So off I went creating and creating and creating. I made all of these earrings. The reason I chose to start with earrings was that they are usually good sellers and can be kept at a reasonable price point (which was a second requirement for the line). Well I took the picture and then I started to wonder if they would fit in with some of the other pieces that had inspired the line. I started to “panic” a bit thinking that I wasn’t creating anything that was cohesive. I decide to take some photos of the earrings with some of the necklaces I had made previously and AHA they did work well together. Again these are the necklaces that inspired my new line of jewelry and they work nicely with all of the earrings. Another challenge I encountered was to make some smaller necklaces at “impulse” purchase points. I made quite simple yet lovely necklaces: but I also wanted to try my hand at making some small collage pieces; here a few. You can see the smaller scale by the one photo of the piece in my hand. So now to decide on chains or should I make brooches. Should the chain be simple with no beads? a few beads? Here is what I made. my thinking is customers could choose between silver plated, gold tone with beads or without. Some examples: Here are some size comparisons, the last photo is on a mannequin so you can see how they would look on a person. I think I have the various levels of price points covered! So excited!! This one I made into a brooch. This has been a wonderful learning experience so far. I have tackled some of my misgivings about cohesiveness and having a variety of items at various prices points with most being at the “impulse” buy level. We have had wonderful discussions about our inspirations, challenges, fashion,color, pricing, target audience and more! Much too much to discuss now but in another post I will elaborate. A sneak peek at more things to come: Thanks for taking the time to stop by and be sure check out the other participants in this wonderful challenge/class!
Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’sue Boutiques
Mary Katherine Deis
Jennifer Merrill Williams
Denise Lussier Poirier