Much of my inspiration comes from nature. Here are a few shots taken using my phone while out walking.
Nothing has been altered or enhanced. Mother Nature is amazing! I get so much joy from nature and my daily walks are my mediation. Enjoy!
I completed two pieces from my recent pile of experimentation. One a bit more simple and the other with a bit more “pizzaz”. ( but not really!)
The two pieces I finished aren’t even in this shot but here they are:
Thanks for looking and more to come. Now I need a name for a new shop since these are so different from my vintage assemblage pieces like this
……things to contemplate
Some things to come. Now that my little one is in kindergarten I have some time to do some creating. I do miss having her around though but it is all a part of the cycle of life. So I am embracing it and getting to work!
Some pictures of my works in progress. Hopefully some lovely jewelry that you all will love to be created with these.
I am practicing with some rustic soldering of brass pieces. hand cutting the brass and copper for some of the bases.
Others are pre made brass bases.
Some vintage brass stampings to add to the bases.
Some birds, cicadas, cat, bulldog, Egyptian revival, sea horse and even a flower that I solder two three leaf petals together and then soldered the blue rhinestone. Some even have a fossilized appeal which I love! these have been cleaned and filed but still need some more filing, hammering and perhaps some patina to bring out the highlights. We shall see.
Hope you enjoyed looking. Remember if you click on the photos they will enlarge for better viewing.
Wow has the last three months flown by! Not sure where the time went but I sure have acquired some fantastic and useful information during this challenge. The challenge was to create a cohesive and recognizable line of jewelry incorporating the lovely high quality findings from B’Sue Boutiques.
The final reveal is here! I have learned so many things that I had not thought about in depth or instituted prior to this class. Starting with what entails a cohesive line, pricing pyramid, branding and packaging, supply and product inventory and of course marketing. I have worked a bit on each of these before (except perhaps the cohesive line part!) but the discussions and information received really made sense to me. So now to implement! The items I really need to work on are marketing and branding. Here is an example of a box that I would package the jewelry in:
I would like to work on this a bit more.
I will continue creating this line and see where it goes. Here are some of the pieces that will be at the bottom of the pricing pyramid, your impulse buy price points of $20-$50
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Some of the pieces will be one of a kind pieces at a mid price range. They will of course fit in with the other lower level price range/impulse buy range. Here are a few examples of the mid level range about $50-$125.
Here is an example of one of the necklaces and how it works with the other pieces.
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I have shown you most of what I have created for the line. Even if it never goes past this I have enjoyed the experience and have learned a great deal. My goals now are to market, market and market! I don’t have a name for the line and I am not sure if that really matters but something else to contemplate.
I would like to thank Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutiques for providing me with this wonderful learning experience. I also want to thank all of my class mates for the wonderful ideas, inspirations and support!
One final piece that I finished today March 19! One day before the reveal
Thanks for taking the time to look and be sure to check out the rest of the participants.
Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’sue Boutiques
Mary Katherine Deis
Jennifer Merrill Williams
Denise Lussier Poirier
There is this things called “work table Wednesday” aka WTW and “finished up Friday” aka FUF. These are weekly events that take place at the B’Sue Creative Group on Facebook.
As the name implies on Wed we show a picture of works in progress from our tables with the hopes of finishing up at least one project for Friday, hence FUF! As you can see from the pictures I have quite a bit going on! The only “requirement” is that we have to use some pieces from B’Sue Boutiques as she allows us to post on the B’Sue Creative Group Facebook page.
This is a wonderful little weekly push to keep us all on track with creating! My completed pieces this week: The necklace uses some vintage components and the chain and filigree beads are from B’Sue Boutiques. For the earrings I used Iced Enamels and Ice Resin, some vintage enamel flowers and the bezels were from B’Sue Boutiques
So you know they saying “new year, new you”….well how about “new year new line”….. of jewelry! That is what it is going to be for me. I joined the Build A Line Challenge along with 48 other exceptional jewelry designers and creators!
My jewelry tends to be eclectic and one of a kind. I love using vintage pieces in my designs. While I love this eclectic look it is not for everyone. Many like to wear jewelry that “matches” or coordinate with other pieces. This is why I decided to join the challenge. You can read more about the challenge here. Not only is it a wonderful challenge but also class taught by Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutiques, on learning how to make a cohesive line. I am looking forward to the journey and hope you will follow along with us!
There will be three blog hops, the first on Jan. 23! So you will have to wait until the 23rd to see what I have come up with so far!
I will leave you with some photos of some jewelry that I have created over the years.
One of the many things that got me interested in designing jewelry is vintage jewelry. Then one day while perusing the internet I came across a site that had vintage brass stampings. Many of which were used in jewelry design. When I saw them I immediately became obsessed with purchasing as many as I could… but then what? Well….the rest is history, why not make some jewelry!