Thursday, February 19, 2015

The 2nd Blog Hop - Follow 50+ Jewelry Lines Being Created!


--->>   This is the Second Blog Hop of the Very First B'sue Boutiques Build A Line Design Challenge!
--->>   At the very end of this post you will find the Full List of Participating Designers and all of our Blogs.

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In case we haven't met:
I'm Jennifer Merrill Williams, Jewelry Designer and Lifelong Artist.

Blogging with my "mews," Rocky the Silver Tiger Cat 

I'm not exactly "Building A Line" over here. It's more like "Birthing A Line." Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B'Sue Boutiques is mentoring - midwifing? - all of us throughout this three-month challenge. She's honed her training skills with an array of classes, online tutorials and videos. She is motivating and encouraging, yet practical and down-to-earth. A winning combo -  and she likes cats!

In the Birthing analogy I would be about six months along at this point in the challenge. Except I'm not. I'm just starting to show.

Last month I posted about the vintage beaded jewelry that inspires my line, and my lifelong love affair with jewelry. I envisioned a line of necklaces that evoke vintage elegance.

Since then I've been building the foundation for my LoveBeadz Classic Remix jewelry line.

My Dad was a contractor as a young adult and he had several houses built for our family. From my four-year-old perspective, building a foundation meant digging a lot and producing some wonderful mud!
I've spent hours digging around to find just the right components:
Beads and findings from B'sue Boutiques.

 Swarovski pearls and crystals. Oooh-la-la!

Vintage Moonglow, faux pearl and enameled filigree beads.  

 Vintage Italian Lucite beads.
I chose a brown and bronze color palette for the first series of pieces in the LoveBeadz Classic Remix line. The color palette gave a strict focus to my search for components.
(This in itself was an accomplishment!)
All the findings and metal beads for the first series have a Brass Ox or Antique Brass finish.
I've spent hours getting organized so I can find what I need without rummaging:
This is a great tote with four divided storage drawers and top compartment.
Unfortunately the drawers were full of beads I had to return to my stash [tedious but necessary].
 It was important to clear some additional space on my worktable.
Now there's plenty of room for the storage tote along with a design mat.

 Only after all this was accomplished did I feel ready to start designing my first piece.

 ~   To be continued.....   ~


Participating Designers and their Blogs:

Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Marcia Tuzzolino
Aurora Designs

Jann Tague
Clever Designs by Jann

Judy King
Apt To Wander Studio

Linzi Alford
Magpie in the Sky, Spoil Heap Tales

Cynthia Wainscott
Exotic Peru

Carole Carlson

Lynn Stinten

Marica Zammit
Bead Lovelies

Catherine Shattuck

Micheale Collie
The Vintage Gem

Mary Craig
Jewelry Alchemy

Lee Koopman
Strega Jewelry

Erin Whitacre
Shattered Time Jewelry

Monica Casady
MJCasady Copper Works

Leila West
Leila Nicole Designs

Cindy Peterson
Howling Dog Jewelry

Leila Belcher
Leila Bee Designs

Gloria Allen
Wings and Beads

Pamela Anger
Novegatti Designs

Tammy Adams
Paisley Lizard

Lynda O'Mara
Once Upon a Line

Elizabeth Hildreth
Mad Scientists Designs

Dana Hickey
Wind Dancer Studios

Janet Calardo
Jan Lea Designs

Maria Clark
Sweet Willow Design

Lori Beekman

Jennifer Kroeger
Relic Charm

Amy Jorgensen
Hoarder's Corner

Robin Reed
Handcrafted Bead Designs

Ingrid Anderson
Lilis Gems

Louise O'Shields
Desire Divine Jewels

Susan Killam
Killam Creative

Mary Katherine Deis
The Rose Sword: Artisan and Vintage Collectible Jewelry

Nike Bottalico
Objects and Oddities

Susan Bowerman
Woodside Wireworks

Kristy Le
Kristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs

Jan Peters
Stylized Vintage

Mitzie Crider
Needful Luxuries Occasional Blog

Gina Hockett
Freestyle Elements

Linda Anderson
From the Bead Board

Alexandra Sefton
Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

Melida Boman
The Journey of Pens and Things

Teresa Schurter
TreeZ'S. Treasurs

Melissa Latimer
Smithed Up

Renee Hong
Fine and Dandy Jewelry and Art

Nadine Edris
Moondance Jewelry

Lori Meyer
Parisienne Girl

Jennifer Merrill Williams
Artists of All Stripes

Denise Lussier Poirier
Jewelry By Denise

Renee Allen
Small Stuff Design

Autumn Adams
Autumn Dawns

Elizabeth Owens
1996 Shabby Lane

Kat BarronMiller
Midnight Kat Productions Art Jewelry

Sandra Ballard
Mama San's Mojo

Coral Law