Build A Line Challenge from B’sue Boutiques – Blog Hop, Part TWO – TreeZ’S. Treazurs by Teresa Schurter- The Vine & Branches

Finally I figured out how to make a simplified version of my intricate necklace.
Finally I figured out how to make a simplified version of my intricate necklace.

We’ve arrived at the middle of our Build-A-Line Challenge Classroom with Brenda Sue Lansdowne. We’re being led with a loose but loving group of hands, and hopefully one set is our own. I’ve realized that the challenge is not just a contest about winning, but it’s all about learning.

Our ultimate goal in this class is to design a line of jewelry that is cohesive and looks like it’s all been made by the same designer. We’ve learned that we need to have levels of complexity in our pieces so that we can have different price points. If we only have “Over-the-Top,” “One-of-A-Kind” pieces in our collection we’ll be limiting our customer base. That makes total sense. One thing that Brenda Sue and the rest of her design team strives to do for us is to teach us common sense. Obviously one thing I’m in very short supply of, as proven by my first and second necklaces. My first necklace is still growing - literally. It needs some flowers, there's coloring to be done on the etched parts & more & more. Definitely WAY over the top!

My first necklace is still growing – literally. It needs some flowers, there’s coloring to be done on the etched parts & more & more. Definitely WAY over the top!

This one is the second, supposedly simpler necklace and also obviously not done by a long shot.
This one is the second, supposedly simpler necklace and also obviously not done by a long shot.

The class kept discussing what we needed to do to brand ourselves, how to package our items so when a customer went home with one of OUR treasures everyone would know immediately where it came from. Designer after designer was showing her wonderful work. Simple, unique, with clean lines and cohesive looks. Brenda Sue made a wonderful new video showing how she made her line based on her first piece. I got it, I understood it, but I couldn’t seem to make it. Then late one night I got out that classic book by Deanna Farneti Cera “The Jewels of Miriam Haskell.” There’s a picture in there that’s so close to what I was working on for my first necklace it had to have come out of my subconscious memory of the first time I checked this book out of the library.

Title page and photo of "The Jewels of Miriam Haskell." Obviously a display piece.
Title page and photo of “The Jewels of Miriam Haskell.” Obviously a display piece.

Now obviously no one’s going to wear all those leaves on a regular basis, so I looked at the following pages.

Here is what's under all the vine leaves, an entire line of pieces from simple to intricate, and I'm sure the prices matched!
Here is what’s under all the vine leaves, an entire line of pieces from simple to intricate, and I’m sure the prices matched!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I continued to read, VERY late into the night I started to SEE it, how I could still say what I wanted, actually NEEDED to say with my jewelry, and make it SIMPLE.

Picture copied from http://ubdavid.org
Picture copied from http://ubdavid.org

This is Not cheap jewelry, as some may fear, we’ve been discussing that for days and days.  This is merely scaled down jewelry based on our ultimate pieces. It will be made in such a way that anyone can afford it, and most everyone interested in our style will want it.

It's all in here, but this will be so much easier to produce and to wear.
It’s all in here, but this will be so much easier to produce and to wear.

Each piece will work with the others and can be added to whatever parts of the whole the client already has purchased. If a husband shows up wanting to buy a part of the set I can say, “Well, does she have the necklace?  What about getting her the hair barrettes?

Once I "saw" how to simplify the idea, I came up with several pieces that worked together.  This needs coloring and I ran out of polymer leaves, but it won't take long to complete it now.
Once I “saw” how to simplify the idea, I came up with several pieces that worked together. This needs coloring and I ran out of polymer leaves, but it won’t take long to complete it now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once I saw more pieces designed by Frank Hess for Miriam Haskell I had more ideas than time to organize them.

This will be a somewhat elaborate wrap bracelet.
This will be a somewhat elaborate wrap bracelet.

I took the whole pile of everything I’d bought from B’Sue Boutique and everything I’d made so far & started spreading it out on my bed so I could see it all at once.

Sorry that this picture is hard to see - I had to step back to get it all in.
Sorry that this picture is hard to see – I had to step back to get it all in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d seen pictures in Cera’s book showing Chatelaine clips, Sautoirs, wrap bracelets, lariat necklaces, earrings of all types and clusters.

The beginning of a sautoir or chatelaine clip. I want to add a little to it still.
The beginning of a sautoir or chatelaine clip. I want to add a little to it still.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I came up with more pairs of earrings as well.

A very old set of crystal branches are the basis for these earrings.
A very old set of crystal branches are the basis for these earrings.

My favorite ones can’t be reproduced more than once, since I only have a few pieces of these crystal branches.

 

 

I had so many NEW ideas – based on the research I was doing as well as the help from all of the participants in our class, the design team and of course our intrepid leader Brenda Sue herself.

I was on the verge of giving up on this idea and switching to my back up design, which I really like too, but I felt like I’d failed.  I definitely wasn’t living up to my feeling that I was going to prosper like “a tree planted by living water.”

Psalm 1:3
Psalm 1:3

One of my favorite verses, based partly on my nickname of Trees.

So now that I’ve spent weeks trying out new techniques, and feeling like I haven’t actually mastered any of them,

My first etched leaves. Boy do I need to work on that skill!
My first etched leaves. Boy do I need to work on that skill!

 

 

 

 

I feel like I’m ready to begin!  You may be thinking “It’s about time lady!” And you are so right.

Resin encrusted leaves, and branches as well as poured resin pieces. There's still some in the molds. I couldn't wait to see it so I demolded it & then had to keep it on the plate because it's still sticky-ish.
Resin encrusted leaves, and branches as well as poured resin pieces. There’s still some in the molds. I couldn’t wait to see it so I demolded it & then had to keep it on the plate because it’s still sticky-ish.

 

 

 

 

 

So, tonight, instead of typing up my blog like a good little girl, I started playing with another idea! I had so much fun!

First I made my grape cluster. This is harder than it looked in the picture, of course!
First I made my grape cluster. This is harder than it looked in the picture, of course!

 

 

 

 

This bracelet seemed to make itself, or almost anyhow.  I need to take the stamping blank off and learn how to stamp in the wording. I’m not too keen on etching right now, but I’ll save that info for another post.  My daughter’s are both in love with this one, and the branch is a lot faster to make than resin coating a real one!

Combining a little wrapped wire, some ideas from the Bohemian Bangles video I've been watching and a lot of B'Sue's pieces this bracelet made itself!
Combining a little wrapped wire, some ideas from the Bohemian Bangles video I’ve been watching and a lot of B’Sue’s pieces, this bracelet made itself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please take the time to follow the other ladies through all of their trials and travails too. I’m sure you’ll be as inspired as I have been.

 

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