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

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.




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.

pink blue bracelet brooch deco earrings

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

Diana Buynak Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio


Irene Hoffman, Heart’s Dezire by Irene



Clare Wells Nemeth, Creative Magick


Mary Reckmeyer, Afrayed Not


Marcia Tuzzolino, Aurora Designs


Elizabeth Wilks, Wearable Art by Lizzie


Jeanette Rose Belmont, One Canvas At A Time


Lyn Joy Reeve, A Journey From Jewels To Jubilation


Belinda Reed-Ingle, Vogue Rocks


Beth Trubman, The Journey of Jewelry


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


Jann Tague, Clever Designs by Jann


Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs


Susan Bolton, Fern’s Place


Chris Kemp, Noodle Pie Bracelets


Barbara Kelley, Angels’ Keep


Susan Bowerman, Woodside Wireworks


Pamela Anger, Novegatti Designs


Joan Donovan, Hailey’s Cottage


Alison Huie, Ally’s Baubles


Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden


Erica Olmos, Beeb’s Closet


Erin Whitacre, Shattered Time Jewelry


Fran Sitton, Sitton Up Front


Ginger Hammond, Lynn Leigh Designs


Paula Gaskill, Lovely LaylaBug Jewels


Mary Deis, The Rose Sword


Renee Webb Allen, Small Stuff Design


Valerie Tilghman, ArtJewelsandGifts


Chris Cravens, Vintage Cravens


Leslie Carver, Adorn Divine Designs


Donna Parry, JewelryDonna


Gina-Marie Hammer, Tangles, Twists and Treasures


Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments


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

  1. Love your idea. I love polymer clay and mixing it with the brass is just so much fun. You can go in a lot of directions with the two. Can’t wait to see what you do again in this journey


  2. Thank you so much for sharing a little more about you and your new line. I am looking forward to seeing what you do with Vintage Modern over the coming months!!!


  3. Val Tilghman says:

    I have a bit of polymer, but have not really explored the potential yet! I am looking forward to your designs and mixing Vintage and Modern!


  4. Jeanette B says:

    I am Looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Everything you have shown here is so pretty! I especially like the blue beaded necklace, as a fellow beaded it really calls to me.


  5. Looking forward to see what you’ll bringing us.


  6. Carole, thank you for returning to class to add your alumnus experience to this year’s challenge. Delighted to have you and all of your ideas. GREAT post, thank you for digging in and doing the work. I know we will see some great new designs from your Vintage Modern line! Till next hop!


  7. great blog Carole .. looking forward to our adventure ..


  8. Sue Shade says:

    I love the idea of vintage modern. It will be fun to see the spin you put on this design.


  9. Beth Trubman says:

    I am so looking forward to seeing what you will do with the combination of poly clay and Bsue’s brass stampings. Vintage modern is a great title.


  10. Love your choice of theme. Lots of oppurtunity to be able to expand on that line. Great choice. Also loved your choice of blog page colors. Beautiful.


  11. Alison Huie says:

    I love the idea of Vintage Modern. From the looks of the findings you will be using, it is going to be beautiful


  12. Belinda says:

    Wonderful blog Carole, I love your polymer clay jewelry, and I’m looking forward to seeing your next blog.


  13. Nice blog Carol. Look forward to seeing what you create with all those gorgeous and colorful components.


  14. fernsplace says:

    Peacocks! I love peacocks. I’ll be looking forward to your reveal. Enjoy creating.


  15. Nice blog post, Carole. Excited to see where your creative journey takes you! Sounds lovely, and I love pearls, too.


  16. I can’t wait to see how your line comes together! It’s going to be great!


  17. Clare says:

    Cool blog! Can’t wait to see what you create!


  18. beetique says:

    I love all the different materials also.


  19. Janet Calardo says:

    Great blog. Love polymer clay also and I used it as well in my BALC line last year. I love what you made so far and look forward to seeing your new line.


  20. Diana Buynak says:

    Thanks for sharing with us Carole!

    I think it is awesome that you have taken classes in so many different fields. I love to learn new things too! Your past work is very beautiful. I especially like that blue beaded necklace. I look forward to seeing what you create for this years class.


  21. Shari Lynn Gardner says:

    Hi Carole, it has been a pleasure being in this class with you and so many other talented artisans. Your theme has so many possibilities, I’ll be looking for to seeing your final pieces and getting to know you better.


  22. gingerh1202 says:

    Your theme is awesome and intriguing. I look forward to seeing your creations. Your past work shows you are multi-talented.


  23. Love the pieces you chose. Can’t wait to see what you do with that awesome peacock!


  24. Great theme, Carole! I’m all about vintage, and I love polymer clay, so I’m looking forward to seeing what goodies you create for your new line. Glad to have you in class again this year! 😉


  25. Elisabeth Wilks says:

    Nice post, thank you for giving us such nice pictures of your previous work. I like what you have picked for your theme. What a great idea to use the peacock as a mold for your polymer clay. I will look forward to seeing how you create your pieces.


  26. Vintage modern should be fun to play with. Gives you a lot of room for expression and movement in the lines! Love the work that you have on to show us!


  27. Mixing media allows for endless possibilities! I like the eclectic style with your beading. Looking forward to the pieces you create.


  28. trendyjewelrydesignsbykristyle says:

    Why a fabulous choice for ypour theme and I can’t wait to see it unfold, looking forward to seeing your creations.


  29. Donna Parry says:

    Your blog is a pleasure to read. I enjoyed the pictures of you past work. I think you have a lot of good ideas, and I will be back soon to see how things are falling into place for you.


  30. Donna Parry says:

    I enjoyed the beautiful pictures you posted of your previous work, and I am looking forward to reading your next post. You have a lot of great ideas!


  31. I’ve really enjoyed your work & can’t wait to see what you do with the peacock. He’s one of my all time favorites from Brenda. I’ll be watching as you go.


  32. Lucy says:

    You have a lot of skills under your sleeves. Surely you would create another wonderful line of jewelry this year. Looking forward for your next post.


  33. This is a terrific post, Carole. i love how you showed a progression through time. We got to see your roots in beading, how you developed last year with polymer clay and BALC, and where you’re going this year. I think this marriage of vintage modern, with your design aesthetics of beading and polymer clay will be a stunner!


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