BUILD A LINE CHALLENGE BLOG HOP #2: Where have you been? Where are you now? Where do you want to go from here?

Where does inspiration come from?

"Ooh shiny!", is the first thing that comes to my mind. Walking through a bead store, touching and comparing all the beautiful supplies is one of my happy places. I feel the same about browsing catalogs and websites to a lesser extent.

There were many different jewelry design periods and their respective designers discussed in class. I found the work of Coppola e Toppo particularly fascinating. I look forward to doing more independent research on the different periods after class has wrapped.

Where am I currently?

Describing my current style was difficult for me. Looking at my work to date I would say my style is pretty scatterbrained. That being said I was able to see some reoccurring elements across groups of pieces.
Common design elements: resin, glitter, metallic, watch parts
Common design elements: bead weaving, seed beads, metallic, semiprecious stones, crystals

Where to go from here?

Brenda of B'sue Boutiques explained the difference between being a hobbyist, maker, or a jewelry designer. I am currently a hobbyist (and a supplies collector) but I aspire to upgrade to maker. Up until this point I have made jewelry predominantly for only myself or friends. I have sold one piece via commission (shown above) but have never just designed jewelry with the idea of putting it out there for sale.
To make the transition to maker I will need to put much more thought into what supplies I purchase and what I make. Here are some brass bits from B'sue Boutiques that I am using to construct this micro line for class. I have a feeling many goodies from B'sue Boutiques will continue to make an appearance in my jewelry after this class has ended.

I hope you are enjoying this second BALC hop, please continue along below and check out what my classmates are up to. The next and final hop will be on April first. I hope you will join us then as the finished micro lines are revealed.

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. ♡ YOU ARE HERE ♡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


39 thoughts on “BUILD A LINE CHALLENGE BLOG HOP #2: Where have you been? Where are you now? Where do you want to go from here?

  1. Welcome to the world of jewelry making! It’s an artform where you can express yourself with color, movement and shape. Opt for vintage looks or streamline with modern elements. As you like it! It’s all a grand experiment, and the first thing is to find your own fit and pull it together. Cohesion comes first…..then the lines. ENJOY THE JOURNEY! XOXO B’sue

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  2. The necklaces towards the end of your post are lovely. Well, all of your work is but it looks like you’re narrowing down to something exciting.


  3. Excellent presentation of what you’ve done before, what you want to do next, things you have common to pieces that aren’t in a line. Love the way you skilfully walked us through your journey in a logical and orderly fashion.


  4. Love whatr your rowing with the resin Steampunk designs and I povce all the sparkles in your beads as well looking forward to seeing more of your work.


  5. Those yummy pink beads were certainly speaking to me as well! You have some exciting selections for components and once you put your hammer down in making mode, your line should really ring the bell at the fair!


  6. Hi Jeanette, I love how your able to mix the glamourous, shiny, resin work in with your own style of steampunk, clock parts and more. I have a harder time taking what seems like two totally separate ideas and mixing them the way you do. Can’t wait to see your final pieces.


  7. Love all your pictures! I can’t wait to see what you have designed for your line. The stampings you have picked make me curious to see the end result.


  8. I took my time looking at your resin pieces. They are unique, and a way to set your work apart and be different. I saw your talent for creating wonderful focal points for your designs.


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