Do you see the lines above? Actually, it is a "collection" of lines! They go together, but are totally separate. But that is not the type of line I want to talk about today. The "line" I am going to show you today is jewelry made from gemstone cabachons I have collected over the years, most of them from Judy McCourt and brass findings, mostly from B'Sue Boutiques .
Three months ago a group of us began this journey with teacher Brenda Sue Landsdowne of B'Sue Boutiques. She gave of her time and expertise to teach us how to build a line of jewelry to sell. But it was so much more!! We learned about color, components, pricing, fashion, blogging, the difference between a "line" and a "collection" and the pyramid related to selling what we make. You can read Part one and Part 2 by clicking on the links.
Finally, pictures of the jewelry I made!
Mookaite and Malachite with brass chains.
Labradorite, Azurite and Malachite with Chrysocolla, and Seraphinite with Sterling Silver chains.
Laramar, Faceted Amethyst, Azurite, Turquoise, and Labradorite in ring findings from B'Sue Boutiques.
Have you seen this brass crescent from B'Sue? This is what I used to make several bracelets!
Used bronze patina, and other patinas and findings to adorn this cabachon-topped bracelet.
A crazy lace cab used with brass findings oven baked with vinegar and salt.
Brass findings colored by Swellegant and Gilder's Paste.
Moss agate with a copper cuff torched for color by me.
I have more bracelet components ready to put together. Below is Lepodolite with painted brass findings, jade and amethyst beads.
Seraphinite cab and beads.
Below is Leopard jasper and Goldstone with Crab Agate and Ocean Jasper beads
Montana Agate with Black Onyx and Smoky Quartz.
Picture jasper with Czech beads.
A big Ruby, with raw Ruby beads and brass!!
Earrings made with Kyanite, Black Tourmaline, Unakite and Fossil Jasper.
Turretella, Lapis x 2, and Turquoise with Swellegant-altered spoons.
So, do I have a cohesive line? The short answer is yes. The long answer is .....it depends. Making a line from cabachons is challenging. To use pre-made components, I need to have a stock of certain-sized cabachons, which may not always be available. To make earrings, I need to have matching pairs of cabachons. It was a real challenge to find those matching cabs for eight pair of earrings.
I learned so much from my classmates. I am sorry to see this class come to an end. The conversation, the aha moments, and the verbal exchanges were unmatched for any class I have taken. Thank you, everyone, and especially thank you, Brenda! Want to see what everyone else did?