Today is the big reveal for the B’Sue Boutiques Build a Line Challenge. For the past three months, my classmates and I have been working to develop a cohesive line of at least five pieces for today’s post. I have 11 pieces in 3 colorways to show. The detail of the necklace above is my top-of-the line piece; here is the full necklace.
Notice how I solved the problem of the bezel with no hole. I prepared a piece of B’sue Boutiques filigree with a complementary finish, and mounted the bezel on it. I was then able to wire wrap the beaded chain to the filigree.
Next is a similar necklace, but less complex, in the second colorway. This time I mounted the polymer clay bezel on a piece of B’Sue filigree in the brass ox finish. In order to meet the portion of the challenge that required us to produce some pieces in the $10 – $50 range, I had to look for efficiencies, and using already-patinaed findings was part of that.
And here is a closer look at the pendant on this one.
Another way to meet the pricing tier challenge was to make smaller pieces, so I turned to bracelets to help myself out. I showed a sneak peek of a polymer clay bracelet in the February blog hop. After test-driving the bracelet I noticed that it had a tendency to stretch a bit, so I added a tie made of silk ribbon from B’Sue Boutiques grab bag package.
Another quick and easy bracelet was this one, with handmade polymer clay disks inserted into a bezel bracelet blank.
As we learned in the class, you should at least be aware of trends, even if you don’t plan to follow them, and brooches are going to be big this year, so I made a couple of pendant components into brooches. Next time I will make them convertible.
For the lowest level of my pricing tier, I put together some really simple matching earrings, shown below:
I said I had 11 pieces (actually 13 because I made four of the polymer clay bracelets, two in each color). The 11th piece is another necklace using pre-made pearl chain from B’Sue Boutiques. This piece was from an idea that didn’t really work out as I had hoped it would, but I wanted to show it because of the cool faux opal effect.
I had a great time with this challenge. It’s given me a lot to think about and I plan to continue to develop these lines. Here are a couple of pictures of the pieces grouped together.
If you are interested in purchasing any of these pieces, please either leave me a comment on this post, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And now, please visit the blogs of the other participants in the class, starting with our fearless leader at B’Sue Boutiques.
Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’sue Boutiques
Mary Katherine Deis
Jennifer Merrill Williams
Denise Lussier Poirier