B’Sue Boutiques Change It Up Blog Hop

Welcome to the Change It Up Blog Hop sponsored by Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutiques. The idea of this blog hop was to use one of the following raw brass pieces from B’Sue Boutiques in a unique way or in a way we had never used it before. In addition the style of the piece should be with a  “Vintage Flair”.  You can read more about the background here.


I chose to use the first one in the upper left corner(LF09727).  I had used this piece before as a focal in a necklace.

With this necklace I used the lovely rose ox finish but for my blog hop piece I used the raw brass.  I aged two of the raw brass pieces by soaking in a salt and vinegar solution and then baking them in the oven. This method allows for a lovely rich vintage looking patina.  Here are some examples of other raw brass pieces done using this salt and vinegar method:


I of course forgot to take photos of the pieces I cut before making them into jewelry but here is an example using the same leaf focal just in the rose ox finish.  I am planning on making another necklace using these in the rose ox finish as well.

What I did:

  1. soaked my cleaned raw brass pieces in salt water and vinegar solution and baked in the oven
  2. cut the focals apart using these shears
  3. sanded and filed the rough edges
  4. sealed the brass with renwax
  5. made jewelry!!!!



Here is what I made:


Using two of the raw brass focals I made a parure.  I used vintage glass faceted cabochons in a very pale lavender color. Part of my inspiration was this lovely vintage necklace:


But I was also inspired my some of the old Hollywood costume jewelry designers, especially Joseff of Hollywood.  Brooches are in style right now and so are bolder necklaces and long,bold earrings.  Here are some more photos for you to enjoy.  You can click on the photos if you want to see an enlarged picture for more detail and then hit the back button to come back to the post!

First photo show the necklace, earrings and brooch, then the brooch and earrings together and then just the necklace.

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Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the others on the list below!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne

Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Mary Deis

The Rose Sword


Jann Tague

Clever Designs


Lori Beekman



Renee Hong

Fine and Dandy Jewelry


Cynthia Wainscott

Exotic Peru Jewelry


Dana Hickey

Magpie Approved


Mary Beth Quigley-Spiker

Q Settings


Karen Eaton

KJewelry Creations


Shari Gardner

SLG Jewelry Designs


Alison Huie

Ally’s Baubles


Pamela Anger

Novegatti Designs


Carole Carlson



Cindy Peterson

Howling Dog Jewelry


Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs


Charlotte Smothers

Sea Horse Ranch Life


Catherine Shattuck

Victorian Rose Boutique


Clare Wells Nemeth

Papercrafting Magic


Erin Whitacre

Shattered Time


Lynda O’Mara

Lomara Creative


Ginger Hammond

Lynn Leigh Designs


Ingrid Anderson      **********You Are Here**********

Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry


Deb Beechy



Harry Wood

Oscar Crow


Delyssa Maxwell

Past Time Fancies


Paula Gaskill

Lovely Layla Bugs


Irene Hoffman

Heart’s Dezire by Irene


Alexandra Sefton

Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art


Leslie Carver

Adorn Divine Designs



Nature: My Inspiration

Much of my inspiration comes from nature.  Here are a few shots taken using my phone while out walking.

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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!

Works in Progress-The Winter Duldrums and Cleaning the Work Table

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!