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.
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.
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.
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….
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.
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.