BALC 2016 Part 3 – Better Late than Never!

Let me first apologize to everybody for not getting this up in time, as we all know, technical issues can throw a monkey wrench into our well-laid plans!

So without any further adieu, I hereby present my BALC 2016 line – “Savannah Midnight!

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Here’s a photo of one of my pieces from the back.  I used an earring finding to attach my dangles and it solved the back finishing task nicely!

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This is the first time I have ever done such a thing as this – and I am amazed by the way the line changed throughout the process:

From from my initial concept:

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to a rough layout of the pieces with a few more ideas coming together,

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to the final product you see above!

I had initially thought I would take this line through a dark color scheme into a lighter, more colorful one, but I now know that that was overly ambitions.  I had no idea how long it takes when you get into changing the color of the metal.  I used a combination of i) dark ox, to which I added some gold acrylic paint and gold guilder’s paste, ii) satin matte gold, which I didn’t change much except to dull it down a bit with black guilder’s paste, and iii) raw brass, which I brightened up with gold guilder’s paste and gold perfect pearls.

After hours of painting, buffing, brushing and filing, I was pretty happy with the results.  So I laid out everything to seal it with Matte Krylon and sprayed up the whole lot of it.  I let it dry overnight, and much to my dismay, when I surveyed my handiwork in the morning there was a white film over ALL of it.

I’m not sure what happened, maybe it’s because I used UV resistant spray.  I really didn’t pay any attention when I bought it!  So another several hours was spent fixing it all – that was the most discouraging part of this whole process!

So, in addition to all of the wonderful things I have learned from Brenda’s expert advice – I picked  a few “notes to self”:

  1.  Don’t spray your whole darn collection with ANYTHING until you test it out and see if it is giving you the desired effect!
  2. Don’t attempt to open a new tube of E-6000 from the back using a file or other sharp object which may be lying around, it brings on disastrous results…IMG_0845

3.  Pay attention when filing a cameo, you may get overly ambitious and end up with a blind one!  This cracked me up so much at the time I did it – I think I will keep it as a souvenir to give me a chuckle when the going gets rough!FullSizeRender

and last but not least….

4.  Try to follow my example and keep your work table as organized as possible while you are creating – it makes things so much easier to find!  (LOL!!)Messy workroom 2

The one last piece of advice I would give is that if any of you are on the fence about doing this challenge – take the plunge!  You will learn so much whether you are a novice (like me) or a veteran jewelry artist.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to visit my fellow classmates’ blogs!

ttp://www.bsueboutiques.com

http://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com

http://butterflyemporium.indiemade.com/

http://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com

http://craftingmagick.blogspot.com

http://afrayedknot.net

http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me

http://wearableartbylizzie.blogspot.com

http://onecanvasatatime.com

http://lnreeve00.blogspot.com/

http://voguerocks.blogspot.com

http://thejourneyofjewelry.blogspot.com

http://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com

http://janntague.wordpress.com

http://slgdesigns.wordpress.com

http://fernsplace.org

http://noodlepiebracelets.com

http://angelskeepbandbdotcom.wordpress.com

http://woodsidewireworks.com

http://novegattidesigns.blogspot.com

http://haileyscottage.com

http://allysbaubles.blogspot.com

http://sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com

https://beebscloset.wordpress.com

https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com

https://sittonupfront.wordpress.com

https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com

http://www.lovelylaylabugjewels.com/Blog.php

http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com

http://smallstuffdesign.com

http://artjewelzdimensions.blogspot.com

http://christinecravens.blogspot.com

http://adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com

http://jewelrydonna.typepad.com

http://tanglestwistsandtreasures.com/blog

https://wingedwisdomenchantments.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

BALC 2016 – Blog Hop #3!

Good morning everybody!  My portion of the hop is still under construction, please check back with me later.  Thanks!IMG_0843

1. Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box
http://www.bsueboutiques.typepad.com/

2. Diana Buynak – Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio
http://butterflyemporium.indiemade.com/blog

3. Irene Hoffman – Heartsdezirebyirene
http://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com

4. Clare Wells Nemeth – Creative Magick
http://www.craftingmagick.blogspot.com

5. Mary Reckmeyer – Afrayedknot
http://www.afrayedknot.net

6. Marcia Tuzzolino – Aurora Designs
http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me

7. Elizabeth Wilks – Wearable Art by Lizzie
http://wearableartbylizzie.blogspot.com

8. Jeanette Rose Belmont – One Canvas at a time
http://www.onecanvasatatime.com

9. Lyn Joy Reeve – A Journey from Jewels to Jubilation
http://lnreeve00.blogspot.com/

10. Belinda Reed-Ingle – Vogue Rocks
http://voguerocks.blogspot.com/

11. Beth Trubman – The Journey of Jewelry
http://thejourneyofjewelry.blogspot.com

12. Carole Carlson – Beadsophisticate
http://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com/

13. Jann Tague – Clever Designs by Jann
http://janntague.wordpress.com

14. Shari Gardner – SLG Jewelry Designs
http://slgdesigns.wordpress.com/

15. Susan Bolton – Fern’s Place
http://www.fernsplace.org

16. Chris Kemp – NoodlePie Bracelets
Metamorphosis, my Line is Born.

17. Barbara Kelley – Angels’ Keep
https://angelskeepbandbdotcom.wordpress.com/

18. Susan Bowerman – Woodside WireWorks
http://www.woodsidewireworks.com/

19. Pamela Anger – Novegatti Designs
http://novegattidesigns.blogspot.com/

20. Joan Donovan – Hailey’s Cottage
http://haileyscottage.com/

21. Alison Huie – Ally’s Baubles
http://www.allysbaubles.blogspot.com/

22. Sharon Palac – Sharon’s Jewelry Garden
http://www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com/

23. Erica Olmos – Beeb’s Closet
https://beebscloset.wordpress.com/

24. Erin Whitacre – Shattered Time Jewelry
https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com/

25. Fran Sitton – Sitton Up Front
https://sittonupfront.wordpress.com/

26. Ginger Hammond – Lynn Leigh Designs
https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com/

27. Paula Gaskill – Lovely LaylaBug Jewels
http://www.lovelylaylabugjewels.com/Blog.php

28. Mary Katherine – The Rose Sword
http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com/

29. Renee Webb Allen – Small Stuff Design
http://smallstuffdesign.com

30. Valerie Tilghman- ArtJewelsandGifts
http://artjewelzdimensions.blogspot.com/

31. Chris Cravens Vintage Cravens
http://christinecravens.blogspot.com/

32. Leslie Carver http://www.adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com/

33. Donna Parry, JewelryDonna
http://jewelrydonna.typepad.com/

34. Gina-Marie Hammer – Tangles, Twists and Treasures
http://tanglestwistsandtreasures.com/blog/

35. Kelly Wymer Winged Wisdom Enchantments
https://wingedwisdomenchantments.wordpress.com/

 

BALC 2016 – Blog Hop #2!

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Welcome to Blog Hop #2 of the BALC 2016 Challenge, sponsored by Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutiques – where you get not just the “good” stuff, but the AWESOME stuff!

B’Sue Boutiques Build a Line Challenge – Joan Donovan of Hailey’s Cottage Designs

Hi everybody!  I’m Joan Donovan, and Hailey’s Cottage Designs is my maiden voyage into the world of jewelry design.  I have always been creating in one form or another – I’ve done a lot of sewing, cross stitch, slipcovering, reupholstering, etc. etc. etc.  I love making things and preserving old things, and I’m always looking for something new to pique my creative interest.  One day I was tooling around on YouTube and I was fortunate enough to stumble across a tutorial by Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutiques – and I was hooked!

Here is my current workspace – I have taken over our little sun room for the time being.

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This is our dog, Sophie.  She likes to curl up in the corner when I’m working out here.  She is always available for petting when I need to take a break.

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I have a room upstairs that has always been my studio –  this year I decided to pull everything out to reorganize and paint.  That was last fall –  Yikes!  Everybody is getting sick of looking at this mess!

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Here’s a cool shelf unit I scored while flea marketing last summer, can’t wait to press it into service!

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What is my inspiration for trying my hand at jewelry making?  One is definitely my Mom.

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She loved her jewelry!  She could be found most days watching QVC and ordering Joan Rivers, Judith Ripka, the Jackie Kennedy collection, and anything else that struck her fancy.   We just lost her last fall, and I miss her dearly.  I think she’s watching me go through this process and enjoying it – she certainly would have loved my B’Sue bling!

My husband and I recently took a trip to Savannah, Georgia for our 25th wedding anniversary.  We were both drawn in by its charm, history and architecture.  The city, particularly its Victorian architecture, is the inspiration for my theme.

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We toured a bunch of historic homes.  I’m sure many of you already know this, but the house on the upper left belonged to Jim Williams.  In the early 70s, Savannah was a dangerous place – many of the once beautiful homes were abandoned and ready to be demolished.  A renowned collector of antiques, Mr. Williams could bear to see the marvelous homes disappear forever.  He became a pioneer in the Historic District – purchasing a rundown mansion and restoring it to its former glory.  He went on to be instrumental in saving many other homes that would have otherwise met the wrecking ball.  It’s due to his foresight and perseverance that we are able to enjoy them today.

We also visited the Bonaventure Cemetery – a haunting yet beautiful place.  Many of the monuments were carved by well-known artists during the Victorian era.

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Of course this was in the days before modern medicine, so there are many children’s graves – sad, touching and beautiful.

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The cemetery is also the burial-place of Johnny Mercer, the famous song writer and producer.  He enjoyed a good party as much as anybody,  and had a bench built in front of his grave  so that friends could relax and stop for a drink when visiting!

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My line will be representative of the Victorian era, and will be (tentatively) entitled “Midnight in Savannah”.  I plan on using a lot of dark ox pieces, possibly mourning-type for some, and then segueing into pieces with more color.  I hope to  symbolize  the darker and lighter sides of the  city – as well as its rise from the ashes after years of dedication by a lot of very cool (and  wealthy!) people.

Here’s some pics of the components I plan on using – lots of B’Sue components and some vintage items as provided by my friends at Etsy!

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So there you have it.  I’m excited to see where this will lead!  Thanks for reading, and I’ll “see” you all back in class!

Happy Hopping!

1. Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box
http://www.bsueboutiques.typepad.com/

2. Diana Buynak – Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio
http://butterflyemporium.indiemade.com/blog

3. Irene Hoffman – Heartsdezirebyirene
http://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com

4. Clare Wells Nemeth – Creative Magick
http://www.craftingmagick.blogspot.com

5. Mary Reckmeyer – Afrayedknot
http://www.afrayedknot.net

6. Marcia Tuzzolino – Aurora Designs
http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me

7. Elizabeth Wilks – Wearable Art by Lizzie
http://wearableartbylizzie.blogspot.com

8. Jeanette Rose Belmont – One Canvas at a time
http://www.onecanvasatatime.com

9. Lyn Joy Reeve – A Journey from Jewels to Jubilation
http://lnreeve00.blogspot.com/

10. Belinda Reed-Ingle – Vogue Rocks
http://voguerocks.blogspot.com/

11. Beth Trubman – The Journey of Jewelry
http://thejourneyofjewelry.blogspot.com

12. Carole Carlson – Beadsophisticate
http://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com/

13. Jann Tague – Clever Designs by Jann
http://janntague.wordpress.com

14. Shari Gardner – SLG Jewelry Designs
http://slgdesigns.wordpress.com/

15. Susan Bolton – Fern’s Place
http://www.fernsplace.org

16. Chris Kemp – NoodlePie Bracelets
http://noodlepiebracelets.com/

17. Barbara Kelley – Angels’ Keep
https://angelskeepbandbdotcom.wordpress.com/

18. Susan Bowerman – Woodside WireWorks
http://www.woodsidewireworks.com/

19. Pamela Anger – Novegatti Designs
http://novegattidesigns.blogspot.com/

20. Joan Donovan – Hailey’s Cottage
http://haileyscottage.com/

21. Alison Huie – Ally’s Baubles
http://www.allysbaubles.blogspot.com/

22. Sharon Palac – Sharon’s Jewelry Garden
http://www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com/

23. Erica Olmos – Beeb’s Closet
https://beebscloset.wordpress.com/

24. Erin Whitacre – Shattered Time Jewelry
https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com/

25. Fran Sitton – Sitton Up Front
https://sittonupfront.wordpress.com/

26. Ginger Hammond – Lynn Leigh Designs
https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com/

27. Paula Gaskill – Lovely LaylaBug Jewels
http://www.lovelylaylabugjewels.com/Blog.php

28. Mary Katherine – The Rose Sword
http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com/

29. Renee Webb Allen – Small Stuff Design
http://smallstuffdesign.com

30. Valerie Tilghman- ArtJewelsandGifts
http://artjewelzdimensions.blogspot.com/

31. Chris Cravens Vintage Cravens
http://christinecravens.blogspot.com/

32. Leslie Carver

http://www.adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com/

33. Donna Parry, JewelryDonna
http://jewelrydonna.typepad.com/

34. Gina-Marie Hammer – Tangles, Twists and Treasures
http://tanglesthttpwistsandtreasures.com/blog/

35. Kelly Wymer Winged Wisdom Enchantments
https://wingedwisdomenchantments.wordpress.com/