Our days of traveling with Brenda as our leader are over, we're headed into the wilderness alone.

Build A Line Challenge Finalé – TreeZ’S. Treazurs Branches Out!

 

Before I say another word, I must say an incredible “THANK YOU!” to Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutique and her amazing design team.   You ladies have changed my life & I am eternally grateful.

Wow, This is it. We’re at the end our our days of working and learning with the help of Brenda, her team and over 50 other amazing women who joined this class in January.  When I anxiously planned my pitch to Brenda Sue and asked to join this challenge, I had no idea what was involved.  I didn’t tell her that I’d never actually sold any jewelry and only made a precious few pieces.  I’ve since learned there are tiers of jewelry workers, hobbyist, maker, designer, etc…  I think I ranked a few steps below hobbyist :)  Not a day has gone by that I haven’t learned and studied and sought out more answers.  I’ve cried, quit & started again, several times.  I’ve made more mistakes than I can count, and I’d do it all again given a chance.  My family would definitely have me committed if I did, but that’s another story.

So now, with out further ado (Drum-roll please!) I present to you,

THE VINE & THE BRANCHES Line from TreeZ’S. Treazurs.

This is the first spring/summer color-way for the Vine & Branches Line.   This pair of barrettes has rings on the back to attach chain and strung beads to convert to sweater clips.

This is the first spring/summer color-way for the Vine & Branches Line. This pair of barrettes has rings on the back to attach chain and strung beads to convert to sweater clips.

 

You’ve seen many pictures last month of the ideas that started coming to me when I finally figured it all out, the barrette set above is the first -and only piece so far- that I designed just with the spring and summer colors in mind.  The branches are tiny pieces of sea sponge branches soaked in resin and are as light as air.

I won’t have much to say after this, I have written reams for captions, so just look at the pictures and let me know what you think!  Please scroll to the bottom and follow the links included to the other designers pages too. I’m sure you’ll be very impressed with the body of work they have to present to you.

First assemblage brooch combining iron, brass and rose ox finishes as well as a little grape cluster.
First assemblage brooch combining iron, brass and rose ox finishes as well as a little grape cluster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This brooch can stand alone or be worn with the companion piece linked by a bead chain or string.
This brooch can stand alone or be worn with the companion piece linked by a bead chain or string.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Side two of the companion brooches. This resin paper took more to make and stamp than planned, as usual, but I will definitely make more.
Side two of the companion brooches. This resin paper took more to make and stamp than planned, as usual, but I will definitely make more.

 

 

 

 

 

Here's what the pair of brooches will look like side by side. I have a great chain of clear green, pink and orchid crystals mixed with brass that looks just marvelous with them, but of course I forgot to bring it into the photo room with me. The grapes are a repeat set of resin filled with glitter I made just for this pair. I made the color deeper to match the crystals in the chain, it's really a great match! Can't you tell :)
Here’s what the pair of brooches will look like side by side. I have a great chain of clear green, pink and orchid crystals mixed with brass that looks just marvelous with them, but of course I forgot to bring it into the photo room with me. The grapes are a repeat set of resin filled with glitter I made just for this pair. I made the color deeper to match the crystals in the chain, it’s really a great match! Can’t you tell :)

 

 

I just loved the look of the Cha-Cha bracelets I saw the other ladies in the class produce, so I had to try one out myself. I love to work with the black iron wire and have really enjoyed seeing what I can make with it to imitate vines for this line. It's so much easier than bending, drying, sealing and coating the real vines I collected to use. I will still make some of each, but these will be a mainstay of my collections I'm sure.
I just loved the look of the Cha-Cha bracelets I saw the other ladies in the class produce, so I had to try one out myself. I love to work with the black iron wire and have really enjoyed seeing what I can make with it to imitate vines for this line. It’s so much easier than bending, drying, sealing and coating the real vines I collected to use. I will still make some of each, but these will be a mainstay of my collections I’m sure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of you will have seen this set before on my Pinterest and facebook posts, it's still one of my favorites, maybe because it was the first one to turn out right!
Most of you will have seen this set before on my Pinterest and facebook posts, it’s still one of my favorites, maybe because it was the first one to turn out right!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's my icing on the cake. I wish we'd had a sunny day so the colors really showed up for you to see. This is a memory wire bracelet with a pin down the middle made of black iron, the loops on the ends are for charms or a chain/ring for a hand bracelet.  I had so much fun forming each and every one of those tiny grapes. This is the piece I gave my daughter Marie for all her help with this blog. I don't know what I'll do to thank the rest of the crew for putting up with me these last three months.
Here’s my icing on the cake. I wish we’d had a sunny day so the colors really showed up for you to see. This is a memory wire bracelet with a pin down the middle made of black iron, the loops on the ends are for charms or a chain/ring for a hand bracelet. I had so much fun forming each and every one of those tiny grapes. This is the piece I gave my daughter Marie for all her help with this blog. I don’t know what I’ll do to thank the rest of the crew for putting up with me these last three months.

 

So after nearly four years of intense to unbearable drought we’ve finally been blessed with rain, for two days straight! Am I ungrateful for wishing it would have been sunny just long enough for this one photo? Yeah, I think so too. I’ll add a picture on the Bohemian Vibe facebook page soon.

 

 

 

 

 

I had grandiose plans for some “amazing” necklaces that I truly wanted to get done for the challenge.  However, my skills didn’t match my wishes, and my time didn’t either.  I had to decide if I was going to complete the pieces that I could do well or just consume it all with two or three show-stoppers.  The bottom and middle of the pricing pyramid won.  I have so many parts ready to assemble for simple necklaces and earrings now, as well as bracelets and brooches, that I can add 20 or 30 more items to my inventory in a very short time.  These beloved ideas will still be there waiting for me to add to them slowly as my skills increase.

This is one of my originals, I need to add some zip to the front with grape clusters I've made but forgot to photo as usual. Yes, this is one of the real branches I've mentioned.
This is one of my originals, I need to add some zip to the front with grape clusters I’ve made but forgot to photo as usual. Yes, this is one of the real branches I’ve mentioned.

 

 

This is the back of the Joy Branch statement necklace. There's a pair of earrings that match. I stamped my logo onto a blank & glued it on, but it's pretty illegible. I'll have to try and color it again. The color came off w/ the glue onto the clamp.
This is the back of the Joy Branch statement necklace. There’s a pair of earrings that match. I stamped my logo onto a blank & glued it on, but it’s pretty illegible. I’ll have to try and color it again. The color came off w/ the glue onto the clamp.

 

Antique brass & Austrian Crystal branches to match the statement necklace. I found another dozen of them, so I can make a few more, but I need to polish them better. The photo shows not all the oxidation cleaned up.
Antique brass & Austrian Crystal branches to match the statement necklace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think this is the finished Joy Branch. I've added some leaves to cover the wire, but I think it needs more small fill pieces & color. The grape cluster is polymer in a very old dimensional grape cluster that matches a B'Sue piece, only it's about three times larger. That means I can sometimes use the smaller one for earrings!  There's a surprise included!
I think this is the finished Joy Branch. I’ve added some leaves to cover the wire, but I think it needs more small fill pieces & color. The grape cluster is polymer in a very old dimensional grape cluster that matches a B’Sue piece, only it’s about three times larger. That means I can sometimes use the smaller one for earrings! There’s a surprise included!         
I hope the chain in the middle of the branch was a clue :) This over the top necklace has a little one included that you can detach and wear alone! a Two-For-One deal!
I hope the chain in the middle of the branch was a clue :) This over the top necklace has a little one included that you can detach and wear alone! a Two-For-One deal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found another dozen of the crystal branches, so I can make a few more, but I need to polish them better. The photo shows not all the oxidation cleaned up.   The little green leaves swing from copper chain when they’re on, and the swoopy swirly feather from B’Sue Boutique adds a lot of movement too. I want to add more of these to the necklace as well as this that and the other thing or three.  I’m going to use some of these feathers on a pair of earrings for my sister. They’re exactly like the feathers she quilted into her prize winning applique quilt. Suprise sisssy!

Here's the result of many hours searching for a good recipe for a faux opal made of polymer clay. I decided to wait to finish it rather than hurry and risk damaging these little glass faux opals. They're made in Germany around 1946. I love this so much I've already ordered more. This first lot of opals aren't the best, but they are repeatable & can be improved on too. I have to experiment with the finish on the brass now to get a glassy deep luster that imitates enamel. I think I've seen a video about that, hmmm....

Here’s the result of many hours searching for a good recipe for a faux opal made of polymer clay. I decided to wait to finish it rather than hurry and risk damaging these little glass faux opals. They’re made in Germany around 1946. I love this so much I’ve already ordered more. This first lot of opals aren’t the best, but they are repeatable & can be improved on too. I have to experiment with the finish on the brass now to get a glassy deep luster that imitates enamel. I think I’ve seen a video about that, hmmm….

 

 

This color-way of pinky opals surrounded by green is for spring and summer. I just can't decide if I want to go with pink givre rhinestones, pink crystals, pink porcelain, or a mix. I had this old Swarovski chain & had thought I'd just mix the pink & one of the greens, but then I took a second look, and B'Sue Boutique sent those little pink rosebuds in my WTW giftie & I had to do some more thinking. I have very few pink givre beads to match these crystals, so I think it will be the porcelain and green and white crystals. The purple is still my favorite, but the green and pink work well on cooler skin-tones.
This color-way of pinky opals surrounded by green is for spring and summer. I just can’t decide if I want to go with pink givre rhinestones, pink crystals, pink porcelain, or a mix. I had this old Swarovski chain & had thought I’d just mix the pink & one of the greens, but then I took a second look, and B’Sue Boutique sent those little pink rosebuds in my WTW giftie & I had to do some more thinking. I have very few pink givre beads to match these crystals, so I think it will be the porcelain and green and white crystals. The purple is still my favorite, but the green and pink work well on cooler skin-tones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used some Apoxie Sculpt to adhere the barrette clips and brooch pins to the backs of the filigrees on some of the other designs, so when I had a little ball left I decided to see what I could do with it. I never checked which ring blank I grabbed, so this is just a pinky ring, but it was a lot of fun.

A little pinky ring I made with some Apoxie Sculpt and a ring bezel. There are some mini jump rings inserted into the epoxy to add mini charms! I mixed this to match the Pantone Lucite Green for the spring, so now I have a recipe for making some other pieces that really works well.
A little pinky ring I made with some Apoxie Sculpt and a ring bezel. There are some mini jump rings inserted into the epoxy to add mini charms! I mixed this to match the Pantone Lucite Green for the spring, so now I have a recipe for making some other pieces that really works well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am only a very small part of this amazing Build-A-Line Challenge.  Below are the names of some very, very talented designers who have been working at designing their own lines of jewelry since this adventure started in January.  Please hop on over and visit each one of them. You’ll be very glad you did.

The final participants are:

Our Intrepid Leader,

Brenda Sue Lansdowne   . . . .      Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Now Everylone! Let’s Hop-To-It!      The final participants are:

Marcia Tuzzolino. . . . . .     Aurora Designs

Jann Tague . . . . .   Clever Designs by Jann

Judy King . . . . .   Apt to Wander Studio

Linzi Alford . . . . . Magpie in the Sky, Spoil Heap Tales

Cynthia Wainscott . . . . .     Exotic Peru

Carole Carlson   . . . . .   Beadsophisticate

Lynn Stinten . . . . .   Dragonzwench

Marica Zammit . . . . .   Bead Lovelies

Catherine Shattuck . . . . . .     VRBrose

Michaele Collie . . . . .     The Vintage Gem

Mary Craig . . . .   Jewelry Alchemy

Lee Koopman . . . . .     Strega Jewelry

Erin Whitacre . . . .   Shattered Time Jewelry

Monica Casady . . . .     MJCasady Copper Works

Leila West   . . . . .   Leila Nicole Designs

Cindy Peterson . . . .   Howling Dog Jewelry

Leila Belcher   . . . . .     Leila Bee Designs

Gloria Allen . . . . .   Wings and Beads

Pamela Anger . . . . . Novegatti Designs

Tammy Adams . . . . .   Paisley Lizard

Lynda O’Mara . . . . . .   LOmara Creative

Elizabeth Hildreth . . . . .   MadScientistsDesigns

Dana Hickey . . . .     Wind Dancer Studios

Janet Calardo . . . .   Jan Lea Designs

Maria Clark . . . .   Sweet Willow Designs

Lori Beekman . . . .   B. Accessorized

Jennifer Kroeger . . . .   Relic Charm

Amy Jorgensen . . . .   Hoarder’s Corner

Robin Reed . . . . Artistry: Handcrafted Bead Designs

Ingrid Anderson . . . . . Lilis Gems

Louise O’Shields . . . .   Desire Divine Jewels

Susan Killam . . . .   Killam Creative

Mary Katherine Deis . . . . .   The Rose Sword: Artisan and Vintage Collectible Jewelry

Nike Bottalico . . . . .   Nike Bottalico

Susan Bowerman . . . . . Woodside Wireworks

Kristy Le . . . . .   Kristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs

Jan Peters . . . . . Stylized Vintage

Mitzie Crider . . . . .   Needful Luxuries Occasional Blog

Gina Hockett . . . . . Freestyle Elements

Linda Anderson . . . . . From the Bead Board

Alexandra Sefton . . . . . Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

Melida Boman . . . . . The Journey of Pens and Things

Teresa Schurter . . . . .   TreeZ’s Treasurs     YOU’VE MADE IT! YOU ARE HERE – – – Get another cup of tea and keep on Hopping! Please remember to let the others know how much you like their designs, they’re all very talented and have worked very hard, so please leave them a word of encouragement.

Melissa Latimer   . . . . . .   Smithed Up

Renee Hong . . . . . .   Fine and Dandy Jewelry and Art

Nadine Edris   . . . . . .    Moondance Jewelry

Lori Meyer   . . . . . . .   Parisienne Girl

Jennifer Merrill Williams . . . . . .    Artists of All Stripes

Denise Lussier Poirier . . . . . .    Jewelry by Denise

Renee Allen   . . . . . . .    Small Stuff Design

Autumn Adams . . . . . .   Autumn Dawns

Elizabeth Owens   . . . . . .   1996 Shabby Lane

Kat BarronMiller   . . . . . . .     Midnight Kat Productions Art Jewelry

Sandra Ballard   . . . . . .    Mama San’s Mojo

Coral Law   . . . . . . .     ab:coraldesign

Here’s a P.S. for you all:      Well, I couldn’t stop even though it was Friday and my post was up :)  I decided to try to finish up the Joy Branch and add the grape cluster! Hope you like it.

 

52 thoughts on “Build A Line Challenge Finalé – TreeZ’S. Treazurs Branches Out!”

  1. I do believe you have yourself a line! What a stroke of luck to get into this class when you are just starting out. Keep up the good work, Teresa! :-) ~Elizabeth

    1. Thanks Elizabeth! I have often felt overwhelmed, but I’ve always known that it was the perfect timing for me & I’d just have to work a lot harder! Maybe work smarter, but we can’t always expect miracles.

  2. Teresa, I am REALLY loving that black iron. I’ve seen it used before and am dying to try it out. Now I see how beautiful you make it and love it even more! The mini cha bracelet is way cool and I just know that faux opal is going to be awesome when finished.

    1. Lee, it’s so fun to work with. I bought my huge roll at our local farm supply store :) It doesn’t show in the photos, but when I hammer it there are glints that look like cut steel! I can’t wait to use it on some of my Steam designs :) You’ll love it! Go to the local farm supply or maybe even a Menard’s or Lowes, it’s not expensive. Just don’t use your jewelry tools, get some heavy duty pliers w/o teeth for it. I have a really strong cutter and some hefty pliers that I bought at a Harbor Freight type place just for this.

  3. Teresa–I have to say I was shocked when you said that you were such a novice and had never sold a piece of jewelry. I’m sure that will change now! You did a great job on your line! I really love it! Your blog is great and really gives insight into your journey.

    I love your idea of the convertible barrettes to sweater clips. Very clever and thinking outside of the box. They’re so pretty, too. The idea of using the branches and resin is awesome too.

    Congratulations! Wow…you’re well on your way!!!

    1. I hope you’re a prophet Lynda! I can’t wait to start listing this, although most of what I’ve made is committed as gifts already :) If I’m on my way, it’s because there has been an awful lot of help setting my feet on the path!

  4. Your pieces are fantastic! I love the brooches and can’t wait to see them on one of your hand woven shawls. I’m so impressed by all you’ve learned and how pretty all the pieces look together. Just think of what you’ll be able to do with a few more months of practice!

    1. Thanks sis. I have been pulling out yarns to use w/ them as I went along. Let me know which design you’d like for your feathers!

    1. There has been so much encouragement and instruction along the way it never seemed like work until the final days. Now I think it will be fun making a little each day using the skills I’ve learned from the rest of you!

  5. I love the convertible barrettes to sweater pin . What a great idea and they are very cute. You would never know you are a novice. I also love your brooches. You did a fantastic job!

    1. Thank You! You’ve been a real help and encouragement Cindy. I hope to get to hopping in the morning, so I’ll see you soon!

  6. Wow if you were able to make such beautiful pieces while still a novice, God only knows what you’ll make in a year’s time :-) I WISH my novice pieces looked this good haha

    I don’t usually wear (or make) brooches but I so LOVE your brooches. They’re gorgeous.

    Great line Teresa!

    1. The brooches just sort of happened Marcia. I had one or two maybes, but then they all ended up that way. Partly because I couldn’t decide on the right chain initially & then because I really like them. I’m kind of old fashioned that way, I have about two dozen brooches of my own to wear with shawls & scarves. We weave a bunch, so the brooches were really why I started in thinking about jewelry, I wanted to make brooch pins. I have you to thank, and all the others who answered my questions and encouraged me along the way.

  7. Oh Teresa you have spoken to my soul for sure. I’m thrilled to know that I was not alone!!! Wow your line is just beautiful and simply fantastic what amazing skills you have in pulling together such a creative adventure! I have truly been honored by the gifts of you!!!!! Louise

    1. Louise I’m so thankful to hear that. You’re never alone, but isn’t it a blessing to know there are others like us out there? This is my whole intention. To speak to the souls of those who can see. I want this to be enjoyed by anyone who looks at or wears a piece that I’ve made, but mostly I want to enrich them as people and bring joy to their hearts and souls. As for my skill, not unique, I’m really just one of many & had incredible help along the way.

  8. wow….you never made jewelry before? I certainly couldn’t tell. You did a fab job and soooooo glad you joined us, it was a pleasure and delight having you. Don’t let this ever be over for you! If this is just your start….imagine where you will go!

    1. Brenda Sue, I can honestly say if it had not been for you and this opportunity this would never have been a reality for me. I would have been happy just stringing beads in my basement and using old brass in Steampunk mixed media. My ideas would never, ever have seemed possible or seen the light of day. You were place in my path by the Lord, it wasn’t just a coincidence & I can’t wait to keep traveling this path. I will honestly always be thankful for having seen that first video on how to use Gilder’s Paste & Swellegant. Without those I’d never have found the rest of your “stuff.”

    1. I’m not sure about the bravery. Isn’t it said that only means I didn’t know all of the “what could happen” options :) I have had an incredible amount of help during this process Sue, so it’s made starting a totally different experience from most new chums.

  9. Great job Teresa. Love the line, but partial to your brooches. Great idea on the barrettes also. Awesome job!!

    1. Irene, that means so much coming from a polymer whiz like yourself. Someday I’ll have time to play with caning. Can’t wait to get to your blog to get a glimpse of your flowers!

    1. I appreciate that Maria. Thanks for all the advice. I hope to get to some of your tutorials in the coming weeks now that I have more time to play!

  10. I love how organic your work is… just beautiful and wow… you do have talent! You have a Line for sure! Way to go! I am so happy to have been in this class with all of you!
    Peace & love
    nike

    1. It has been marvelous having a group like you all to follow through this journey. You’ve been so helpful & encouraging. For all the work it’s been a real joy. Thank you for your kindness & unlimited encouragement.

  11. Wow, I don’t think you left out any of the major mediums. You’ve got resin, clay, metal, paper, etc. Wonderful work. I really like your very creative convertible necklace and the barrettes.

    1. That’s the ADHD showing. I love them all so I’m using them all. I have had so much fun experimenting with them. Tammy, I am so very grateful for your insights and thoughts through each and every day. I’ve saved each post you’ve put up to go back & read, many times & I will be an avid follower on you blog. You’re a great teacher too.

  12. great job!!! You ladies worked your hearts out and your items are really nice. Will be watching for your pictures and ew items on Bsue’s

    1. How Nice of you to stop by and leave a comment Bev! It really was a work of heart from so many of us, but I know mine was fully involved. I will be on B’Sue’s site forevermore!

  13. Great job on your jewelry line. You have some really unique pieces. Love the hair clips & the brooches. Glad to be on the journey with you.

    1. Thanks Janet, it has been a wonderful adventure hasn’t it. Hard to believe it’s almost totally over & we’ll be on our own again. I have to make more hair-clips for sure, I have several friends who want them & I ran out of resin bars. I guess it’s back to B’Sues!

  14. First, Teresa, I want to applaud you for jumping into this challenge so passionately. I know there were times you were pulling your hair out (weren’t we all???), yet you hung in there and produced a really nice line. I am so looking forward to seeing you grow as an artist because you have a creative spirit which shines through your pieces. Keep up the good work! I hope to join you in another challenge when we get the chance. Cheers and sunshine coming your way!

    1. Susan, you’re the one I applaud for sticking with it. I’d love to be in another challenge with you! I’d love to stay in touch, your stuff is amazing & I love it.

    1. How nice of you to say Ingrid. Right now I spend a bit of time on the big one each day, trying out this or that. I’m about ready to glue the final parts on, but I want to ask the group a couple of questions before I finish, so I’ll be picking your brains again! I’m so glad you all have more to offer than me!

  15. How ingenious to make convertible hair clips and brooches! They are scrumptious! Is it ADHD that makes one want to do everything? Is that why I have trouble concentrating on a “niche”? It would make sense! I love everything that you incorporated into your work, and am happy for you that you found your voice. Great job!

    1. I’m not sure if that’s the real reason, but it’s my alibi & I’m sticking to it! :) Can’t wait to get to your stuff Gina. Thanks for all the kind words.

  16. Your concept is great. I think you may find some wine tasting event to part with. I specially like the hair clips. They are very unique. My pleasure to be with you in this journey.

    1. Thanks Coral, not too many of those out here in the hinterlands, but it’s an idea. I’ve enjoyed being a part of this with you too.

    1. Thanks Kat, with all the long hair in this family barrettes were one of the first things I did start making that might loosely be thought of as jewelry, nearly twenty-seven years ago now, but other things seemed to take priority. They’re still high on my list of favorites though.

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