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
Jewelry Making Outside the Box
Clever Designs by Jann
Apt to Wander Studio
Magpie in the Sky, Spoil Heap Tales
The Vintage Gem
Shattered Time Jewelry
MJCasady Copper Works
Leila Nicole Designs
Leila Bee Designs
Wings and Beads
Wind Dancer Studios
Jan Lea Designs
Sweet Willow Designs
Artistry: Handcrafted Bead Designs
Desire Divine Jewels
Mary Katherine Deis
The Rose Sword: Artisan and Vintage Collectible Jewelry
Kristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs
Needful Luxuries Occasional Blog
From the Bead Board
Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art
The Journey of Pens and Things
Fine and Dandy Jewelry and Art
Jennifer Merrill Williams
Artists of All Stripes
Denise Lussier Poirier
Jewelry by Denise
Small Stuff Design
1996 Shabby Lane
Midnight Kat Productions Art Jewelry
Mama San’s Mojo
Made it to week five of my personal challenge! I had do many stamped solder pieces that I had started and then never completed so I decided that I had to do something with them. Here is an example of some of the pieces.
The two that I chose I did not photograph but you can see some others. I decide to just polish and sand these for the earrings. I free hand cut copper sheet into tear drop shapes and then added the molten solder and stamped them. I love the craftsman style thistle design. i left some of the copper showing for a more rustic appearance. Just added silver plated ear wires and finished!
One of my many goals this year is to complete some of the works in progress that are taking up space on my work table.
I get these ideas and then am never quite sure how to complete them. Last night and this morning I was looking at these two pieces:
I decided these had to be completed. I need some flowers and color right now. It is cold outside and gets dark so early.
I started these many months ago. Probably in the summer because I only do painting outside.
This flower piece
started off as a blank brass piece. I colorized and painted it using acrylic paints and lumiere metallic paints. I then added the cute little snail which I also painted. Then I was stumped so it sat and sat and sat. I would look at it often but just glossed over it and said to myself “This can wait for another day”. Well now that time has come. I must clean up my work space!! Hey maybe my goal for this year should be to complete one work in progress every week! Believe me I have enough to fill the year.
This second set I colorized some brass filigree, riveted them together and riveted a vintage glass cabochon to the top. Maybe I will incorporate the tulip flower some how. Maybe not. but I WILL get these completed!
I can’t believe another year has passed and we are already into a new one. I haven’t written anything in a few months. I am hoping to change that this year. No resolutions! Perhaps some goals. Or maybe chose a word for the year………consistency? drive? motivation? faith?
Not sure yet! or maybe a phrase?
Trying new techniques?
Belief in my art?
Many things to ponder. Here is wishing you a wonderful new year.
Thought I would share one of my favorites I made this past year. The picture is from an altar from a Basilica in Germany that I have been visiting every year since I was a child. Brings back such wonderful memories.