Just look at all those goodies! Welcome to the Build A Line Challenge from B’Sue Boutiques. I’m Carole Carlson of Beadsophisticate, and somehow over the next two months, I will turn that pile of random stuff into a cohesive line of jewelry, with the help of Brenda Sue from B’Sue Boutiques, who is providing a master class of sorts in designing a line. I’ll be joined by 54 of my fellow designers, and we’ll share our ideas and thought processes in a series of three blog hops. At the end, we’ll share a line of at least five pieces of jewelry.
I’ve spent my free time all my life diving headlong into one craft after another. After having my first child, I realized that my then-current love, dollhouse miniatures, wasn’t really practical for a busy working mom. I needed something I could set aside and pick up weeks (or months) later, and know exactly where I was and what to do next. I went into a bead shop looking for something for a miniatures project and was hooked. I started with stringing, moved on to beadweaving and wireworking, followed by metalsmithing and now torch-fired enameling. The end result is that, although I’ve had loads of fun, my jewelry is all over the place as I try first this and then that.
I’ve known for some time that I need to settle down and create jewelry that expresses my personality in a way that is clearly me. That’s the goal of this challenge.
We were tasked with proposing a theme around which we will build our line. My idea is to make several necklaces using a reproducible formula that can be translated into different metals. Each necklace will have its own mini theme, which will be expressed using charms, beads and bezels. I’ll also include some coordinating earrings, and who knows, maybe a bracelet or two. The necklace I’m turning into a formula is one I have made and sold several times before. Here is a picture of the prototype.
I like to make jewelry that is fun to wear, that is suitable for the workplace but can carry you through to happy hour and dinner after work too. The pictured necklace is priced at $75, and I’ve sold a sterling silver version for $150, so bringing the price down to the recommended $30-$50 range for the line will require big improvements in efficiency and sourcing materials.
Below is a list of the other participants in the challenge; please visit them to see what others are doing. We will be blogging twice more, on February 20 and March 20, when our new lines will be revealed. Follow along with us as we work out our designs. And be sure to check out our fabulous teacher and sponsor of this challenge, http://www.bsueboutiques.com.
Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’sue Boutiques
Mary Katherine Deis
Jennifer Merrill Williams
Denise Lussier Poirier