Build a Line Challenge from B’Sue Boutiques, Part 3, Carole Carlson of Bead Sophisticate

March 31, 2016

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This is the third and last of a series of posts about the Build A Line Challenge from B’Sue Boutiques.  After three months of learning, thinking and designing, my classmates and I are ready to reveal our line of at least five pieces.  All our lines have a theme and are cohesive.

My theme was vintage modern (a term I made up).  I started out with lots of ideas and many components I wanted to use.  If I had to pick one thing I learned from this challenge, it would be editing.  Each month I found myself paring down the selection of parts I was going to use, and this month was no exception.  I went through my pile of stuff and ruthlessly pulled things out, no matter how much I loved them.

My final selection revolves around bows, pearls, and floral designs.  I did sneak one little scroll  back in  (love those scrolls!), but that is not a focus.

What I ended up with is just the beginnings of a line.  These simple pieces can be dressed up, have parts changed out, dangles removed or added.  I can change colors or metals and finishes.

For example, this necklace has endless possibilities, just by changing out the cabochon.  And the plain cabs can be decorated.

1 necklace

 

For that matter, the cabochon pieces can be used for brooches.  Pins and brooches are in style again, so I included two in my line, with the knowledge that either of them could just as easily be turned into a pendant.  Besides, I personally like to wear pins.  I’ll be wearing these on cardigans, coats and maybe even a hat.

 

2 brooches

I think I need to work on the highlights in the bow on the rose pin, though.

During the class we talked about the importance of having things at multiple price points.  Easy lower-priced items are earrings.  They are quick to put together and the supplies are not expensive.  I whipped up three pair in no time.

3 earrings

I did not include a show-stopper this time.  I had a great idea for one, but alas, my assemblage skills are non-existent, and I realized that this was not the time for displaying my first attempt.  Maybe you’ll see it during Work Table Wednesday or (dare I say it) Finished Up Friday at the B’Sue Creative Group on Facebook.

Here is everything I made using the silverware findings.

4 silver complete

To give a taste of the versatility of this line,  I added a few pieces using satin matte gold findings from B’Sue Boutiques, mixed with some treated brass pieces.

5 gold complete

Please click on the links below to see what the other members of the class came up with for their lines.

Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box

http://www.bsueboutiques.typepad.com

Diana Buynak Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio

http://butterflyemporium.indiemade.com/blog

 

Irene Hoffman, Heart’s Dezire by Irene

http://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com

 

Clare Wells Nemeth, Creative Magick

http://www.craftingmagick.blogspot.com

 

Mary Reckmeyer, Afrayed Not

http://www.afrayedknot.net

 

Marcia Tuzzolino, Aurora Designs

http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me

 

Elizabeth Wilks, Wearable Art by Lizzie

http://wearableartbylizzie.blogspot.com

 

Jeanette Rose Belmont, One Canvas At A Time

http://www.onecanvasatatime.com

 

Lyn Joy Reeve, A Journey From Jewels To Jubilation

http://lnreeve00.blogspot.com

Beth Trubman, The Journey of Jewelry

http://thejourneyofjewelry.blogspot.com

 

Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate

https://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com

 

Jann Tague, Clever Designs by Jann

http://janntague.wordpress.com

 

Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs

http://slgdesigns.wordpress.com

 

Susan Bolton, Fern’s Place

http://www.fernsplace.org

 

Chris Kemp, Noodle Pie Bracelets

http://noodlepiebracelets.com

 

Susan Bowerman, Woodside Wireworks

http://woodsidewireworks.com/

 

Pamela Anger, Novegatti Designs

http://novegattidesigns.blogspot.com

 

Joan Donovan, Hailey’s Cottage

http://haileyscottage.com/

 

Alison Huie, Ally’s Baubles

http://www.allysbaubles.blogspot.com

 

Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden

http://www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com

 

Erica Olmos, Beeb’s Closet

https://beebscloset.wordpress.com

 

Erin Whitacre, Shattered Time Jewelry

https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com

 

Fran Sitton, Sitton Up Front

https://sittonupfront.wordpress.com

 

Ginger Hammond, Lynn Leigh Designs

https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com

 

Paula Gaskill, Lovely LaylaBug Jewels

http://www.lovelylaylabugjewels.com/Blog.php

 

Mary Deis, The Rose Sword

http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com

 

Renee Webb Allen, Small Stuff Design

http://smallstuffdesign.com

 

Valerie Tilghman, ArtJewelsandGifts

http://www.artjewelzdimensions.blogspot.com

 

Chris Cravens, Vintage Cravens

http://christinecravens.blogspot.com

 

Leslie Carver, Adorn Divine Designs

http://www.adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com

 

Donna Parry, JewelryDonna

http://jewelrydonna.typepad.com

 

Gina-Marie Hammer, Tangles, Twists and Treasures

http://tanglestwistsandtreasures.com/blog/

 

Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments

https://wingedwisdomenchantments.wordpress.com/

 


Build A Line Challenge from B’Sue Boutiques, Carole Carlson of Bead Sophisticate, Part Two

February 25, 2016

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Welcome to Part Two of the B’Sue Boutiques Build a Line Challenge.  We have spent the past month learning about design influences from the past,  our target market, pricing and inventory. We’re well into designing our line of jewelry that will be revealed in the next hop.

I spent most of the last month pawing through my pile of B’Sue Boutiques goodies, trying to put together some idea of what I was going to do, but not having much luck.  In hopes of kick-starting my creative juices, I watched a couple of the videos on the B’Sue site, and one of them was about the very piece I had decided was going to be an integral part of my line.  In the video B’Sue showed a use for this part that was so simple, so easy, so right, that the only kicking I wanted to do was to myself, in the rear, for not thinking of this before.

Alright!  now I was cooking with gas.  Ideas started flowing and I began sketching out some pieces.  Before I knew it, I had a dozen different designs I could use, and had streamlined the parts I needed.  Planning the designs helped me edit the pile of stuff down to something I could actually work with by eliminating distractions.

Then Brenda posted the module on inventory control.

You know, I am a CPA and have an MBA.  I have given business advice to a lot of people who have followed it and have been pleased with the results.  But it took this module from Brenda for me to have the following revelation:

If you Plan what you are going to make and count the Parts involved, then you can Place an order for the right stuff, which will make Production a breeze when you sit down to make it.  Can I call it the 4P revelation?

Meanwhile, it proves the old adage (paraphrased), a CPA who advises herself has a fool for a client.

At least my stash is somewhat organized.

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Anyhoo, after counting up the parts I was going to need, I realized I did indeed need to place another order from B’Sue Boutiques, which I promptly did.  But this time I knew exactly what I needed and was able to keep my order focused on my line.  That’s not to say I didn’t buy anything that wasn’t necessary (who would I be kidding here), but I was at least consciously making that choice.

Here’s a picture of the pared-down pile.  This isn’t everything, it’s a sampling of the various parts I’ll be using.

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All will be revealed in the next hop, but I’ll give a couple of hints.  The peacock is out, and so are the fans and scrolls.  Pearls, bows and chain are still in.

Please visit the other participants in the challenge, listed below:

Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box

http://www.bsueboutiques.typepad.com

Diana Buynak Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio

http://butterflyemporium.indiemade.com/blog

 

Irene Hoffman, Heart’s Dezire by Irene

http://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com

 

 

Clare Wells Nemeth, Creative Magick

http://www.craftingmagick.blogspot.com

 

Mary Reckmeyer, Afrayed Not

http://www.afrayedknot.net

 

Marcia Tuzzolino, Aurora Designs

http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me

 

Elizabeth Wilks, Wearable Art by Lizzie

http://wearableartbylizzie.blogspot.com

 

Jeanette Rose Belmont, One Canvas At A Time

http://www.onecanvasatatime.com

 

Lyn Joy Reeve, A Journey From Jewels To Jubilation

http://lnreeve00.blogspot.com

 

Belinda Reed-Ingle, Vogue Rocks

http://voguerocks.blogspot.com

 

Beth Trubman, The Journey of Jewelry

http://thejourneyofjewelry.blogspot.com

 

Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate            (that’s me!)

https://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com

 

Jann Tague, Clever Designs by Jann

http://janntague.wordpress.com

 

Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs

http://slgdesigns.wordpress.com

 

Susan Bolton, Fern’s Place

http://www.fernsplace.org

 

Chris Kemp, Noodle Pie Bracelets

http://noodlepiebracelets.com

 

Barbara Kelley, Angels’ Keep

http://angelskeepbandbdotcom.wordpress.com

 

Susan Bowerman, Woodside Wireworks

http://woodsidewireworks.com/

 

Pamela Anger, Novegatti Designs

http://novegattidesigns.blogspot.com

 

Joan Donovan, Hailey’s Cottage

http://haileyscottage.com/

 

Alison Huie, Ally’s Baubles

http://www.allysbaubles.blogspot.com

 

Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden

http://www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com

 

Erica Olmos, Beeb’s Closet

https://beebscloset.wordpress.com

 

Erin Whitacre, Shattered Time Jewelry

https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com

 

Fran Sitton, Sitton Up Front

https://sittonupfront.wordpress.com

 

Ginger Hammond, Lynn Leigh Designs

https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com

 

Paula Gaskill, Lovely LaylaBug Jewels

http://www.lovelylaylabugjewels.com/Blog.php

 

Mary Deis, The Rose Sword

http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com

 

Renee Webb Allen, Small Stuff Design

http://smallstuffdesign.com

 

Valerie Tilghman, ArtJewelsandGifts

http://www.artjewelzdimensions.blogspot.com

 

Chris Cravens, Vintage Cravens

http://christinecravens.blogspot.com

 

Leslie Carver, Adorn Divine Designs

http://www.adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com

 

Donna Parry, JewelryDonna

http://jewelrydonna.typepad.com

 

Gina-Marie Hammer, Tangles, Twists and Treasures

http://tanglestwistsandtreasures.com/blog/

 

Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments

https://wingedwisdomenchantments.wordpress.com/

 


Build A Line Challenge from B’Sue Boutiques, Carole Carlson of Beadsophisticate, Part One

January 28, 2016

All the stuffI’m Carole Carlson of Beadsophisticate.  Welcome to the first of three blog hops in the 2016 Build A Line Challenge from B’Sue Boutiques.  There are 36 of us participating in the challenge, which is a master class in building a jewelry collection.  We’ll spend three months working on figuring out our look.  In the final hop, we will each reveal a complete line of jewelry, at least five pieces, in our chosen style.

I started out as a beader and still love working with beautiful glass beads.  I’ve taken classes in metalsmithing, wireworking, bead weaving and mixed media.   You name it, I’ve probably tried it. Here is some of my past work.

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Two years ago I took a workshop with Christine Damm and fell in love with polymer clay, from the perspective of decorating the surface of the clay.  Last year I participated in the Build A Line challenge and created a line starring polymer clay.  Here are a couple of those pieces.

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This year I gave more thought to what my customer might like, and decided on a theme of what I call “vintage modern”.  I want to take some of the elements of vintage jewelry – the scrollwork, the flowers, the lushness – and lighten it up a bit.  There will be polymer clay, there will be brass stampings from B’Sue Boutiques, there will be pearls (lots of pearls!) and there will be chain.

These are some of the B’Sue pieces I’m working with right now. The peacock stamping will be turned into a mold to use with polymer clay.  I’m thinking that bows and scrolls are going to feature prominently in my line.  I also have some sweet little earwires with bows on them that I got from B’Sue that I plan to use, but forgot to photograph.  Next time!

working with now

Please visit the other participants in the challenge, listed below:

Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box

http://www.bsueboutiques.typepad.com

Diana Buynak Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio

http://butterflyemporium.indiemade.com/blog

 

Irene Hoffman, Heart’s Dezire by Irene

http://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com

 

 

Clare Wells Nemeth, Creative Magick

http://www.craftingmagick.blogspot.com

 

Mary Reckmeyer, Afrayed Not

http://www.afrayedknot.net

 

Marcia Tuzzolino, Aurora Designs

http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me

 

Elizabeth Wilks, Wearable Art by Lizzie

http://wearableartbylizzie.blogspot.com

 

Jeanette Rose Belmont, One Canvas At A Time

http://www.onecanvasatatime.com

 

Lyn Joy Reeve, A Journey From Jewels To Jubilation

http://lnreeve00.blogspot.com

 

Belinda Reed-Ingle, Vogue Rocks

http://voguerocks.blogspot.com

 

Beth Trubman, The Journey of Jewelry

http://thejourneyofjewelry.blogspot.com

 

Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate            (that’s me!)

https://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com

 

Jann Tague, Clever Designs by Jann

http://janntague.wordpress.com

 

Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs

http://slgdesigns.wordpress.com

 

Susan Bolton, Fern’s Place

http://www.fernsplace.org

 

Chris Kemp, Noodle Pie Bracelets

http://noodlepiebracelets.com

 

Barbara Kelley, Angels’ Keep

http://angelskeepbandbdotcom.wordpress.com

 

Susan Bowerman, Woodside Wireworks

http://woodsidewireworks.com/

 

Pamela Anger, Novegatti Designs

http://novegattidesigns.blogspot.com

 

Joan Donovan, Hailey’s Cottage

http://haileyscottage.com/

 

Alison Huie, Ally’s Baubles

http://www.allysbaubles.blogspot.com

 

Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden

http://www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com

 

Erica Olmos, Beeb’s Closet

https://beebscloset.wordpress.com

 

Erin Whitacre, Shattered Time Jewelry

https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com

 

Fran Sitton, Sitton Up Front

https://sittonupfront.wordpress.com

 

Ginger Hammond, Lynn Leigh Designs

https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com

 

Paula Gaskill, Lovely LaylaBug Jewels

http://www.lovelylaylabugjewels.com/Blog.php

 

Mary Deis, The Rose Sword

http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com

 

Renee Webb Allen, Small Stuff Design

http://smallstuffdesign.com

 

Valerie Tilghman, ArtJewelsandGifts

http://www.artjewelzdimensions.blogspot.com

 

Chris Cravens, Vintage Cravens

http://christinecravens.blogspot.com

 

Leslie Carver, Adorn Divine Designs

http://www.adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com

 

Donna Parry, JewelryDonna

http://jewelrydonna.typepad.com

 

Gina-Marie Hammer, Tangles, Twists and Treasures

http://tanglestwistsandtreasures.com/blog/

 

Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments

https://wingedwisdomenchantments.wordpress.com/

 


Last Harvest Reveal

November 18, 2015

Andrew Thornton of Allegory Gallery periodically puts together challenge kits.  This month two challenges are on display.  I participated in the Last Harvest challenge.

Each kit consists of some special beads and a seed bead mix that Andrew puts together.

Last Harvest Kit

I always inspect the luxury bead blend very closely.

Last Harvest blend  I like to include some kind of beadweaving with Andrew’s kits, since he so kindly puts together these luscious mixes, aka the luxury bead blends.  But I also like to try to do something different that I haven’t done before when I do challenges.

Usually I spend a couple of weeks thinking about the challenge before deciding what I will do, but this time for some reason, the idea popped into my head after only a few minutes.  Maybe it had something to do with the fact that for the first time, I sat down with my sketchbook.

I decided I wanted to decorate the silk ribbon with bead embroidery.  I had to do some research on how to do the edging, but Google to the rescue.

Here is the finished necklace:curled up

 


B’Sue Boutiques Build a Line Masterclass

November 18, 2015

I decided to take the plunge and applied to participate in the Build A Line Masterclass sponsored by Brenda Sue Landsdowne of B’Sue Boutiques.  I got my acceptance notice and am raring to go!  Class starts January 5th, with blog posts on our progress in January, February and April for the reveal.  Thinking about joining in?  Get your application in by Wednesday; I heard there are a couple of spots left. See the class syllabus here: http://bsueboutiques.typepad.com/bsue_boutiques_jewelry_su/2015/10/class-plan-syllabus-for-build-a-line-master-challenge-class-2016.html

 


B’Sue Boutiques Change it Up Challenge and Blog Hop

September 24, 2015

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Welcome to the Change It Up challenge sponsored by B’Sue Boutiques. Our assignment was to take one of four specific raw brass stampings selected by B’Sue, and use it in a different way than it usually is. I picked the stamping pictured above, which is typically used as a cuff base. I cut it into three pieces as shown (shout out to the most excellent metal shears available at bsueboutiques.com). I was able to get three usable pieces using those shears.

The other part of the challenge was to follow the theme of “vintage flair”, vintage but updated. As I write this, it suddenly occurred to me that maybe I got that part wrong. Oh, well, it’s what I did, so moving along…

This challenge was hard for me because I don’t generally use large stampings and vintage is not my thing. But that’s the reason I participate in challenges, to try new things that I might not otherwise have thought of.

When I think “vintage”, I think of dried roses, muted tones and an excess of decoration. Lots of gilt, lace, pearls and bits and pieces. I decided that to update it, I would cut down on the decoration and make a more restrained piece. I succeeded so well that when I was done I thought it was too plain, so I added some bling.

Just to make it even more of a challenge, I decided to make roses out of polymer clay, which I’ve only done once before. Definitely got some practice there – I probably made a dozen before I got enough that I thought were usable.
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Once I got the pendant made, I had to figure out how to hang it. B’Sue has a video on making necklaces for large pieces that was very helpful. I made a chain out of book chain and wrapped loop sections of creamy glass pearls that added the weight needed to support the pendant.

It still seemed to be missing something, so I added a dangling chain of pearls to the pendant.
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And here is a shot of the entire piece:
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Below is the list of blog hop participants. Click to check out what the other participants did with their pieces.

September 25, 2015

Brenda Sue Lansdowne

Jewelry Making Outside the Box
http://www.bsueboutiques.typepad.com/

Mary Deis

The Rose Sword

http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com/

Jann Tague

Clever Designs

https://janntague.wordpress.com/

Lori Beekman

B.Accessorized

https://baccessorized.wordpress.com/

Renee Hong

Fine and Dandy Jewelry

http://www.fineanddandyjewelry.blogspot.com/

Cynthia Wainscott

Exotic Peru Jewelry

http://exoticperujewelry.blogspot.com/

Dana Hickey

Magpie Approved

http://magpieapproved.blogspot.com/

Mary Beth Quigley-Spiker

Q Settings

https://qsettings.wordpress.com/

Karen Eaton

KJewelry Creations

http://kjewelrycreations1.blogspot.com/

Shari Gardner

SLG Jewelry Designs

https://slgdesigns.wordpress.com/

Alison Huie

Ally’s Baubles

http://allysbaubles.blogspot.com/

Pamela Anger

Novegatti Designs

http://www.novegattidesigns.blogspot.com/

Carole Carlson

Beadsophisticate (that’s me)

https://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com/

Cindy Peterson

Howling Dog Jewelry

https://howlingdogjewelry.wordpress.com/

Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs

http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me/

Charlotte Smothers

Sea Horse Ranch Life

http://seahorseranch.blogspot.com/

Catherine Shattuck

Victorian Rose Boutique

https://vrbrose.wordpress.com/

Kelly Wymer

Winged Wisdom Enchantments

https://wingedwisdomenchantments.wordpress.com/

Clare Wells Nemeth

Papercrafting Magic

http://papercraftingmagic.blogspot.com/

Erin Whitacre

Shattered Time

https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com/

Lynda O’Mara

Lomara Creative

http://www.lomaracreative.com/

Ginger Hammond

Lynn Leigh Designs

https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com/

Ingrid Anderson

Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry

https://lilisgems.wordpress.com/

Deb Beechy

Beetique

http://www.beetique56.blogspot.com

Harry Wood

Oscar Crow

http://oscarcrow.blogspot.com/

Delyssa Maxwell

Past Time Fancies

https://pasttimefancies.wordpress.com/

Paula Gaskill

Lovely Layla Bugs

http://lovelylaylabugjewels.weebly.com/blog

Irene Hoffman

Heart’s Dezire by Irene

https://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com/

Alexandra Sefton

Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

http://wilywolverine.blogspot.com/

Leslie Carver

Adorn Divine Designs

http://adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com/


Andrew Thornton Challenge – To Bee or Not To Bee – Beadsophisticate

May 20, 2015
Sweet Honey bead blend

Sweet Honey bead blend

I couldn’t resist the title, not that I tried very hard to do so. You’ll see why in a minute.

This month’s Allegory Gallery challenge by Andrew Thornton is a honey of kit, appropriately entitled “Sweet Honey”. As usual, the kit was packed full of goodies.

Sweet Honey kit

Sweet Honey kit

The mystery component is always a pendant handmade by Andrew and always fits the theme, but this time he outdid himself. The pendant looks just like a honeycomb, or what I imagine a honeycomb looks like. It’s not as if I’ve ever got close enough to a beehive to see one. I’m allergic to bee stings, and consequently afraid of bees. But I digress.

I used the seed beads that came with the kit to whip up some flower beads and strung them with some of the other beads in the kit to make a necklace for the pendant. Then I made a bee out of polymer clay and painted it. There is serendipity involved, because I was riding home on the Metro after work the day I was planning to paint it and thinking I would need to find an image on the internet. I turned the page of my newspaper, and there was an article on the honeybee, complete with a color picture!

So I painted my bee and perched it on the pendant. But then I was shaken with doubt. Does it look better with it or without it?

Sweet Honey necklace with bee

Sweet Honey necklace with bee

Sweet Honey necklace without bee

Sweet Honey necklace without bee

Here are closeups of the pendant portion, with and without bee.

Pendant with bee

Pendant with bee

Pendant, no bee

Pendant, no bee

To bee or not to bee? Tell me what you think in the comments.

Here are the links to the other participants in the challenge:

Alison Herrington
Shaiha Williams
Ann Schroeder
Christina Hickman
Dolores Raml
Cheri Reed
Sarajo Wentling
Karin Grosset Grange
Gloria Allen
Andrew Thornton, Kate Enniss-Reid, and Sandi Bass