Friday, March 20, 2015

54 Jewelry Lines REVEALED! The 3rd [and Final!] Blog Hop


--->>   This is the Third and Final 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,
and my new jewelry line is named
LoveBeadz Classic Remix

When my story last ended, my worktable looked like this:
Well, here it is this evening:
(No worries, I'll straighten it up when I go back up there.)
It's been a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad,
Jewelry Designing Week!, Month!
 Truth is, the actual jewelry designing (the time when I get to play with the beads) for my new line mostly took place this week.
In accordance with Murphy's Law, last week a loyal customer ordered a custom-designed necklace - needed for a birthday present this week!
To be on the safe side, I completed it last weekend:
~*~  She loves it!  ~*~
Unfortunately, though, it is not part of my new LoveBeadz Classic Remix line.
This brings me to a very important point I have learned for myself during the Build a Line Challenge, about the difference between being a Jewelry Maker and a Jewelry Designer [who is Building a Line].
It takes me anywhere from [approximately the rest of my life] to [forever] to design a necklace.
(Well, let's say it can take several hours.)
Every bead and component must reflect the style and vision I start with for that creation. There is a lot of switching the order of beads, thoughtful gazing with head shaking, and determined rummaging in boxes and bins.
Practically speaking, as a Jewelry Maker designing one-of-a-kind pieces, the cost of all that design time cannot usually be recaptured in pricing the piece. The exceptions are higher-end "statement" and custom-ordered piece like these:
This copper necklace was created using beads from a bracelet the client had me redesign,
It took months (off and on) to develop this design. I call it "The Wedding Necklace" 
As a Jewelry Designer building a line, I will still spend hours designing a necklace (that's just how I roll)
> It can be used as a prototype for variations in materials or color schemes.
> It  can be adapted to create pieces of different styles
> It can be used as a template to produce a quantity of pieces.

The LoveBeadz Classic Remix line is styled with vintage beads so the availability of materials can limit the quantities of pieces that can be made with the exact same components. However, similar materials can be used to evoke the same style.

Of all the fabulous vintage beads I gathered for the Classic Remix line, these are the only ones I  found in larger quantities, and I grabbed them! They are Moonglow Lucite, produced by Dupont in the mid-20th Century and no longer manufactured today.

LoveBeadz Classic Remix Line

Series 1

"Grace Remix"
 Choker to Princess Length (Mid-size of Classic Remix Line) 
Creamy-Brown Color Scheme

"Graziella Remix"
 Choker Length (Smallest Scale) 
Creamy-Brown Color Scheme

"Dominique Remix"
 Choker to Princess Length (Mid-size ) 
Olive-Brown Color Scheme
" Daniela Remix"
 Matinee to Opera Length (Longest) 
Multi-Brown Color Scheme.
"Briana Remix"
 Choker to Princess Length (Mid-size) 
Coppery-Brown Color Scheme

 ~   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


  1. Looking good! I can totally relate to the whole "where is my bench" thing. Mine looks like that all the time (which is why I do most of my work in the recliner). My favorite piece so far is the Daniela Remix. :-) ~Elizabeth

  2. lol Can't see mine either right now. I'd have to say "Graziella Remix" is my fav. She's elegant :)

  3. Jennifer--Very nice, elegant necklaces putting your vintage beads to good use. I can relate to the workbench thing too! Congratulations on finishing the challenge!

  4. Very pretty necklaces! Love the vintage components

  5. Vintage has it's own look and rewards with a special feel.

  6. Vintage, WooHoo! You have a wonderful line, very elegant!

  7. Gorgeous elegant necklaces. Love the color schemes you used.

    Wow your bead stash is so organized! I'm envious lol

    All the best with your new line!

    Bead Lovelies

  8. Beautiful remixes and a happy client equals heaven!

  9. What a beautiful well thought out line. Great work.

  10. Such a pretty line. I especially like the Grace and Wedding necklaces. So pretty with subdued but impactful colors and combinations of beads. Love it. Great line.

  11. Classic layering pieces, nicely done, good solid work. Thank you so much for being a participant and remember, this may be our last hop but! we are NOT done yet. We've got about three weeks of summary and then, I'm leaving the class page open for this CORE GROUP who came in and helped me brainstorm ways to get these points over and help good artists become great and more profitable in their work. So stay with us, Miss Jennifer, and thank you so much again for all your hard work.

  12. Gorgeous classic designs. And I so know what you mean about it taking forever to come up with a design. And sometimes it's the simplest looking ones that took the longest. All that editing, moving beads around, stress-eating chocolate - or maybe that part is just me. ;) Your line is beautiful.

  13. Very classic and classy. I am fond of shorter designed necklaces that are simple, but somewhat bold. You've achieved a truly appealing look with this collection that never goes out of style.

  14. Your pieces are classy and elegant.

  15. Your designs are lovely, classic vintage! And oh, so wearable. I especially love Grace but they are all wonderful! And I can totally relate to the it takes forever to design a piece. Move a bead over here...have a cup of coffee......move it over there. Wait a day or two.....move it again. LOL

  16. I have to admit, as much of a glass snob that I am, I've always had a secret yearning for the moon-glo beads.
    I'm so pleased with your line incorporating them! I'm sure you will be very successful with this mix of old and new.

  17. Beautiful mix of beads. I collect vintage beads too but sometimes I don't know what to do with them. Yours are inspirational.

  18. Love your blog and the pictures of your studio. The first picture had me staring with my mouth open, in awe, at how tidy it was. I was sitting here scratching my head wondering, "How does she do that?" Then I came to the second one, where everything was piled everywhere and laughed out loud! One of the days, I'd love to figure out how to create in a space that looks like the first picture! So far, that doesn't seem a bit possible. Meanwhile, I ADORE that ivory wedding piece. Oh my goodness, Jennifer, it is beautiful. I absolutely love the design. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I hope to join you again soon for another adventure. Keep up the lovely work!

  19. Whatttttttt! Jennifer, Moonglow Lucite OMG just divine! OK now that I have caught my breath I love, love, love your jewelry line it is full of the components that I truly love. Of course the wedding piece is to die for!!! Lady you rocked your line and it is just beautiful!!!!!! It has truly been a honor to be in this amazing class with you! Best wishes for all that you create and do! ~Louise

  20. Yes Jennifer I too love you jewelry line with its classical looks injure wedding design is beautiful. Great blogging beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and building this line

  21. Jennifer, your necklaces are beautiful and very well designed with the optional length adjustment. Love the vintage beads.

  22. Jennifer .. great job on your designing .. congratulations

  23. Jennifer! Very pretty work! I love vintage beads! Your work will have lots of appeal for your customer base. I have really enjoyed being in the class with you and all the other women! It has been fun! Happy Sales and Best Wishes to you!

  24. I love your simple, but very elegant designs and they will appeal to many. I alos loved the pearls, crystals, and vintage beads you used, just lovely!

  25. Lovely designs, Jennifer, and I love the vintage beads! You've come up with some gorgeous classic designs that I love ... great job! It's been a great time being in the challenge with you! ;)

  26. A little new and a little vintage are always my favorite combinations! Great job on your line. Very appealing and I think you will do well.

  27. Jennifer, I love the beads you have chosen moonglow lucite They are so beautiful and your Necklaces are all lovely. Congratulations making it to the end.

  28. Love the vintage feel of your line. I also love the look of moonglow beads. I purchased some long time ago because I thought they were so cool looking. Guess I will have to find them some day.

  29. I know exactly what you mean. I will think up a design and then spend forever sorting through all of my stash for the bead I want to complete it. Someday when I'm organized it will go faster, but I don't know when that will be. This is a wonderful idea to re-mix the same design with different beads for a cohesive line in multiple colorways.

  30. Wow--I never thought moonglow could look so classy! These are all just lovely! I know you want to be doing vintage, but the front bead on the Daniela reminded me of many pretty polymer swirl beads I've met! People think stringing a necklace is quick--hahahahaha. I'm with you and loved how you explained what it takes to go searching and figuring just what it needs! Enjoyed reading your blog! :):)

  31. These are lovely! I really like that era and design type anyhow so I really love this! I find that I am making more all the time with my line as well!!! I t was fun being in this class with you! Be Blessed

  32. Gorgeous beads! Everything looks great, I love the colors, addition of pearls and vintage things.