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


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

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

Beth Trubman, The Journey of Jewelry


Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate


Jann Tague, Clever Designs by Jann


Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs


Susan Bolton, Fern’s Place


Chris Kemp, Noodle Pie Bracelets


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


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

  1. Carole, what a great concept for a very versatile line! Great job. Your pieces are lovely.


  2. gingerh1202 says:

    I love the simplicity of your line. Every piece is elegant and feminine and versatile. Very pretty.


  3. great line! I am a “simple” person and that is my personal preference! Great job! Can’t wait to see the “show stopper”!!


  4. What a nice, cohesive and clean line! Honestly, I love “showstoppers” but it is my experience that pieces like you have posted her are more marketable to a wider audience. Well done, Carole!


  5. beadingmimi says:

    Great line! Your pieces are very pretty and also
    very versatile.


  6. Carole, I really like how you were able to put together a pretty line and keep it simple! All of the pieces look so nice together and could easily be sold as sets. Very nicely done!


  7. trendyjewelrydesignsbykristyle says:

    What a gorgeous, elegant, and simplistice stunning line you created love what you did, well done! XOXO!


  8. Love the theme. These pieces are gorgeous. Fantastic job.


  9. Val Tilghman says:

    Well done Carole! I found myself saying the same thing about condensing so that its easily made. I think that it is one lesson that I will not forget 🙂


  10. Carole,
    I Enjoyed reading Your Blog !
    Your New Line of Jewelry is So Beautiful !
    Best Wishes in All of Your Accomplishments !


  11. Great job .. I love all of your pieces ..


  12. It’s been great having you in class. Your beautiful designs will have great price points. Well done.


  13. Lovely line, Carole! Love the vintage modern look, and I’m anxious to see more pieces from this line as you create them. 😉


  14. Janet Calardo says:

    Great line and love the simplicity. Great idea to change the cabochons and have a whole new look.


  15. Carole, this is a lovely, very practical line that with good presentation, will sell very nicely. You have again done an excellent job and I am just thrilled that you joined us again this year, and also very glad that I will be meeting you at the May Workshop! Keep up the great work, you are definitely on your way!


  16. Elisabeth Wilks says:

    Carole you came up a very cohesive and nicely simple line that goes with so many different things.


  17. fernsplace says:

    I really like the simplicity of your line. It is well done.


  18. I know how hard it is too do simple, i felt your pain lol, taking components out of the mix. But you accomplished the pretty and simplistic you set out for. Great post.


  19. Beth Trubman says:

    What a nice, sweet, lovely line you have created Carole. Well done, wish you much success.


  20. Very pretty line and I think it will appeal to lots of women and sell very well.


  21. Leslie says:

    Thanks for sharing your narrowing down process, I had to do a lot of that, too. It’s a lovely line; I like how you created pieces in multiple finishes to give options. Very versatile.


  22. Donna Parry says:

    Wow! You are off to a great start! I love everything! Wishing you all the best and much success on the rest of your creative journey!


  23. Splendid work ! specially the earrings are really beautiful. Best of luck.


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