Friday, April 1, 2016

Blog Hop #3:  BALC  Reveal........YAY!
Welcome to the culmination of our Build a Line Challenge class!!  It's been three months in the making, and I'm so happy to be here to show you my prototype line of  jewelry.  I have had so much fun, and learned so much these last three months, and I am so looking forward to debuting the jewelry that I have worked hard on this last three months.
We were tasked with creating at least 5 pieces of jewelry that spoke the same voice.  My inspiration was the beautiful, ornate iron fences we found on our trip to St. Petersburg, Russia in 2012.    I had taken pictures of three very different iron fences that we came across, which can be found in my previous posts.  I am using only one for this initial endeavor.  Maybe  the other two will make an appearance later???
Here's a few more pictures from that trip:  


....and yes, this is the real thing!
I only have about 600 more pictures of this trip!!!!!  But instead, I will show you........
 "Rustic Grace"
Each of our prototype lines of jewelry were to include items from BSue's four-level pricing pyramid. 
 The first level is the $25 and under range, which might include items like this: 
Simple rustic cameo necklace with patina

Rustic 30x40mm cameo ring

Rustic cameo brooch with darkened silver patina
Rustic cameo brooch with blue patina

Items from the $25 - $50.00 price range might include:

Simple rustic bracelet

Rustic cameo earrings

Rustic darkened silver brooch 

Simple rustic necklace with blue patina

Tulip bead earrings with patina
Tulip bead earrings with darkened silver patina
Simple rustic necklace with darkened silver patina


Items from the $50 - $125 price range:

Rustic  necklace with cameo, tulip beads, and beaded chain (bronze)

Rustic  necklace with cameo, tulip beads, and beaded chain (copper)

Rustic bracelet with cameo and bead dangles

And lastly, items from the $125 plus price range.  At this time, I have not created any items in this price range. 
All of these items will be for sale in my etsy shop within the next few days.
As mentioned on previous posts, this challenge was sponsored and taught by Brenda Sue Lansdowne of, where you get "the good stuff".   I first came across Brenda a little over a year ago on YouTube.  I was browsing, looking at jewelry tutorials, when I came across a couple of wacky ladies named B'Sue and Donna.  They were showing their viewers a jewelry technique, which one I can't remember.  But what I do remember is that I thought they were pretty wacky.  On closer inspection, I discovered that B'Sue had well over a hundred tutorials on technique, colorization, responsible repurposing, you name it.  It is because of B'Sue's videos and her support and the support of the B'Sue Boutiques Creative Group on facebook that I am where I am today:  building a line of jewelry and learning to build a brand.  She has not only taught me what I know, but has given me the courage to 'get out there'.

Addie says, "Please check out my grandma's Etsy shop at and like her facebook page, and check this blog often to continue to follow her journey.  She would love to hear what you think, and hopes that you visit the other participants below.  Oh, and the first picture at the top of this post, that's the "Lady in the Window".  A sub-line????  Maybe.  My head is spinning.

(Check out the sandals!!!)

Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Diana Buynak Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio

Irene Hoffman, Heart's Dezire by Irene

Clare Wells Nemeth, Creative Magick

Mary Reckmeyer, Afrayed Not

Marcia Tuzzolino, Aurora Designs

Elizabeth Wilks, Wearable Art by Lizzie

Jeanette Rose Belmont, One Canvas At A Time

Lyn Joy Reeve, A Journey From Jewels To Jubilation

Beth Trubman, The Journey of Jewelry

Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate

Jann Tague, Clever Designs by Jann

Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs

Susan Bolton, Fern's Place

Chris Kemp, Noodle Pie Bracelets

Susan Bowerman, Woodside Wireworks

Pamela Anger, Novegatti Designs

Joan Donovan, Hailey's Cottage

Alison Huie, Ally's Baubles

Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden

Erica Olmos, Beeb's Closet

Erin Whitacre, Shattered Time Jewelry

Fran Sitton, Sitton Up Front

Ginger Hammond, Lynn Leigh Designs

Paula Gaskill, Lovely LaylaBug Jewels

Mary Deis, The Rose Sword

Renee Webb Allen, Small Stuff Design

Valerie Tilghman, ArtJewelsandGifts

Chris Cravens, Vintage Cravens

Leslie Carver, Adorn Divine Designs

Donna Parry, JewelryDonna

Gina-Marie Hammer, Tangles, Twists and Treasures

Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments


  1. Beth, I have enjoyed all three of your blogs. You translated the architectural inspiration for your line brilliantly! Everything is cohesive, your finishes are brilliant, and the designs are lovely. And as for your granddaughter, both she and her snappy sandals are adorable! Well done, Miss Beth! I enjoyed our virtual visit and being in class with you!

  2. You did such a wonderful job of color/patina!! You have inspired me to pull out the possibilities and play!

  3. Wow! You really brought us the rustic. they're beautiful!

  4. You did a great job putting a line together. I like all of the pieces you made!

  5. Beth, I love your inspiration and how it came through in this line. Your pieces definitely have that St. Petersburg influence and are simply beautiful! I love the blue patina :)

  6. Beth, What lovely jewelry.It's hard for me to believe you just made them, the finish looks like it took many many more years to form. Those little sandals are adorable but not as adorable as the one wearing them. You really have a talent Beth. I plan on visiting your Etsy shop in the near future.(As soon as I recover from moving!) I wish you the best and hope to see some of your work on the Creative Group.

  7. Love all of them!!! I would love to see more pictures of your trip too! ( and your grandbaby...SO cute ) I love the way that your photos came out. They look like they are from a magazine...really great. Gorgeous line!

  8. Beth, you truly captured the look of the ancient iron in your line. I love the patina on the cameos also! A unique look and one that should appeal to many buyers.

  9. You are the patina queen! So very pretty. I love the cascading tulips

  10. You are the patina queen! So very pretty. I love the cascading tulips

  11. Beautiful line .. I love the patina .. great work ..

  12. Lovely pieces in your line Beth. Great patina on those pieces. So inspiring.

  13. I adore cameo's, great Patina, whats not to love. congratulations on your line.

  14. Beth the first thing I want to say is your granddaughter is adorable!
    I loved reading your blog and your pictures of your jewelry are perfect. Your patina technique is flawless. So beautiful. I love the lady in the window also. ;D I love your line, I wish you much success!

  15. Very fresh designs, that look like sunken treasures! Beautiful work Beth.

  16. Beth, I am knocked out by your creations, each one is a unique piece of art, yet cohesive in line. You captured those ancient gates beautifully. I love them all! Congratulations!

  17. Beth, your line is amazing! I love the coloring, and the designs are just wonderful .... you did a great job!

  18. I Loved your designs with the stampings and colors you chose. I usually am not a huge fan of cameos but boy I love what you did and would wear these in a heartbeat. Great job and Addie is a adorable!

  19. Beth, your line is so gorgeous, and I love the patinas you achieved on every piece, especially the cameos. I really feel that you've achieved the historical look you were after. Awesome job!! Marcia

  20. You did a great job, Beth, everything is true to you and so nicely and logically pulled together. I think you have the price ranges nailed, and cameo jewelry is usually a pretty big hit with people. Across the years many are drawn to them and they sell very well. I also think you did a great blog post and I truly hope that now you have begun to blog for our hops that you will continue to do so. Blogging is a great tool and you have a gift for it.

    1. Thank you Brenda for your kind words and your encouragement.

  21. Wonderful post Beth! Your jewelry is so uniquely beautiful. The story behind your theme is so neat. I really enjoyed reading your three blogs. I love your show stopper(in my mind) your rustic cameo necklace with tulip beads. The patina on that is amazing!

  22. Beautiful colors and patinas. I love your blog posts throughout this challenge and you have shown so many beautiful pictures!

  23. You sure have that colorization down now!! I love how everything turned out, simply gorgeous!!! Wishing you all the best! From one of those wacky YouTube cheerleaders, JewelryDonna.