Build a Line Challenge Blog hop: theme reveal

Brass hand stampings clamped to dry after getting coated in black glitter.

The first Blog Hop of the Build a Line Challenge class (BALC) has finally arrived! Part of the application to the class was to choose a theme to focus our five piece minimum jewelry lines. My classmates and I have kept our themes secret until this point.

I have chosen to build my line inspired by my day job as a Stagehand. I am thinking of calling it Sparkles and Steel Toes. At work I am privileged to see both the shiny spectacles of concerts, theater, etc and also the not so shiny aspects

Various photos related to my theme. So many possibilities! I will have to narrow it down some for the sake of having a cohesive line at the end of class.
Here is an earring that I am working on for my line.
The necklace on the top left was the first necklace I made. It has been taken apart and updated many times. The amethyst beads came from my first beading kit. (Bottom left) Goldstone and seed bead multi strand necklace. I started working with multiple strands. I have always loved coppers and blues together. (Bottom right) Eventually I desired to create more intricate things. I purchased a book on bead stitching and this was one of my first projects.

When I was a child I was fascinated by geology, specifically petrology which is the study of rocks. This early love of rocks and minerals is evident in most my jewelry. I continue to incorporate semi precious stones in many of my designs but have also learned to enjoy other media as well.

Expect to see more of these awesome little genuine Swarovski chandelier crystals.
Brass stampings from B'sue Boutiques. This is my first time working with brass stampings in my jewelry.
This brass stamping is also from B'sue Boutiques. It had been treated with antique ivory relique powder, as has the hand in the earring photo earlier.
Ice resin is one of my favorite things. Here are some of my many resin works in progress. I'm hoping to create a bridge between all my favorite things and find some new in this class. If they cannot all fit into my line then I am confident this class will give me the tools to create multiple focused lines going forward.

Brass stampings, ICE Resin, iced enamel relique powder, and many other awesome jewelry making supplies available at B’Sue Boutiques also check out her informative video tutorials.

Please join me in hopping over to each of my classmates blogs. I cannot wait to find out what themes they all have chosen.

1. Brenda Sue Lansdowne  Jewelry Making Outside the Box

2. Diana Buynak  –  Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio

3. Irene Hoffman  – Heartsdezirebyirene

4. Clare Wells Nemeth  – Creative Magick

5. Mary Reckmeyer –  Afrayedknot

6. Marcia Tuzzolino  – Aurora Designs

7. Elizabeth Wilks – Wearable Art by Lizzie

8. Jeanette Rose Belmont – One Canvas at a time

9. Lyn Joy Reeve – A Journey from Jewels to Jubilation

10. Belinda Reed-Ingle  – Vogue Rocks

11. Beth Trubman – The Journey of Jewelry

12. Carole Carlson – Beadsophisticate

13. Jann Tague – Clever Designs by Jann

14. Shari Gardner – SLG Jewelry Designs

15. Susan Bolton – Fern’s Place

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

17. Barbara Kelley – Angels’ Keep

18. Susan Bowerman – Woodside WireWorks

19. Pamela Anger – Novegatti Designs

20. Joan Donovan – Hailey’s Cottage

21. Alison Huie – Ally’s Baubles

22. Sharon Palac – Sharon’s Jewelry Garden

23. Erica Olmos – Beeb’s Closet

24. Erin Whitacre – Shattered Time Jewelry

25. Fran Sitton – Sitton Up Front

26. Ginger Hammond – Lynn Leigh Designs

27. Paula Gaskill – Lovely LaylaBug Jewels

28. Mary Katherine – The Rose Sword

29. Renee Webb Allen – Small Stuff Design

30. Valerie Tilghman- ArtJewelsandGifts

31. Chris Cravens Vintage Cravens

32. Leslie Carver

33. Donna Parry, JewelryDonna

34. Gina-Marie Hammer – Tangles, Twists and Treasures

35.  Kelly Wymer  Winged Wisdom Enchantments


77 thoughts on “Build a Line Challenge Blog hop: theme reveal

      1. My husband is the president of the IATSI union here in our area. He love his work! Great blog! I love using semi-precious stones in my work as well, but haven’t done so in a while. Need to get back to that. Excited to see your finished line.:)

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    1. I may focus more on concerts and corporate events because I work them more often, but I am occasionally lucky enough to get into a theater. They are absolutely breathtaking. Even behind the scenes I find everything very visually stimulating.


    1. Thank you so much for the kind words. I am looking forward to your intriguing jeweled in white line as well. That is daring to go so far out of your comfort zone, you are an inspiration.


  1. What an interesting job you have Jeanette! Great idea for your line! I look forward to seeing the end result. Your beaded jewelry is nicely done.

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  2. Well done, Jeanette, and I am confident that you will finish our class with the beginnings of a great new line…..and even more great new ideas. I am so delighted that you joined us. Thank you for branching out to work with brass stampings. They just make your crayon box grow larger….more tricks, more ideas, more methods….delightful discoveries and sometimes….some happy accidents! ENJOY the class and the new pathways!

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    1. I love your crayon box metaphor. It really is perfect likening to artistic skills. No one can ever have too many crayons. Thank you for accepting my application. I am really enjoying this experience and am learning more so far than I had imagined. Thank you for offering this class.


  3. Love your idea and inspiration! Iced enamels are so much fun and love how you used them. Looking forward to seeing more! Enjoy your journey with this wonderful class.


    1. Iced enamels are new to me. I mean I had heard of them but had not played with them until now. I’m going to hold off getting more colors though as I could see myself making a new huge pile of components and having no jewelry to show for it lol. Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a note. Have a great day.


  4. Totally awesome job I assume, all the lights and glitz. I love your pieces that you have selected for your line. I look forward to seeing more next month. I admire ya’ll who do the bead weaving, I might try my hand at that one day ;0)


    1. I’m more on the lift things up and put them down side of things, but I do love it. You should give bead stitching a try. It is easier than it looks. I tried to send you a pm link to the best beginning book in my opinion. It’s called The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Bead Stitching


    1. I’m new to stampings, I think they are really cool but it’s been a challenge to incorporate them in my designs. I really enjoy it though and am looking forward to seeing what else I can do.


  5. I can see why you picked hands for your line. They are so versatile. I am a geologist and you are the first person that I have met that knows about petrology. It is my favorite discipline in Geology. It is fascinating.I’m looking forward to seeing your line.


    1. I was always wanting more books about rocks when I was a child, I collected rocks and loved to read about them. It is something I definitely want to delve back into now as an adult.


      1. Rocks and minerals and their creation are fascinating. I started picking up rocks when I was a girl and we would travel around the country on vacations. I still have many of them around my water garden in the back yard. I studied petroleum geology in school but I wish I would have studied more about volocanoes. Enjoy creating!

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  6. Thank you for sharing with us!

    I bet you have an amazing time at your job. I love being on stage either as a performer or working behind the scenes, it is thrilling! I was heavily involved in the theater and dance throughout high school and later in college. I love the idea that you will tie your line into this field of work – that is going to be amazing!

    I’m no geologist, but I am a rock hound. I have always been fascinated by the study of rocks (though I didn’t know it was called Petrology) I have collected a great deal of rocks in my travels. Nearly everywhere I go I collect new rocks and fill my house with jars of them. I love the idea that you will use this interest in your jewelry making.

    I have experimented only a little bit with Ice Resin and a bit more with Iced Enamels . The Iced Enamels were definitely a blast for me to use ( I have all the colors.) I look forward to seeing how you incorporate these in your line – the Ivory Relique looks fabulous!

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  7. Hi Jeanette, I’m happy to be sharing this class with you. I’m very curious as to what direction you’ll take with your theme. There are so many possibilities it would be hard for me to decide.


    1. I am finding the many possibilities a little bit daunting. I want to explore them all! If I did though my line wouldn’t look cohesive so for now I am going to have to pick one and maybe try others later.


  8. Enjoyed your blog Jeanette and you have a very creative job. You must enjoy it. Very excited to see where this takes you.


  9. Lovely textures and fun to see how you will have such varied materials combined at the end of class. You are already quite accomplished in so many different media-this is sure to be a hit for you!


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