Wednesday, January 20, 2016

B'Sue's Build a Line Challenge Blog Hop!


Hi there, it's been a long time between blog posts, but here I am ready to jump in again through participation in B'Sue's BALC. Why B'Sue? Well, I have been collecting her yummy brass stampings and other delights for a few years now but never did anything with them. I guess you would call me a bead hoarder, right? That's a good thing, as bead hordes are pretty with lots of potential, whereas plain old hoarding is a horse of a different color. We won't go there!

Have you ever seen so much yumminess?

I have been creating some jewelry here and there, but this challenge will give me the proverbial kick in the butt. Keep Calm and Bead On will be my motto! I still love pounding on sterling silver and making my own polymer focals, but the vintage tooled brass stamping siren call beckons me to try my hand at a new jewelry genre, but I will strive to make it uniquely my own. Here are a few pieces that I  crafted recently in silver and poly clay:

I also reconfigured the necklace on the right by removing certain elements and adding a handcrafted solder stamped cross and new chain. Much improved, I think!
In anticipation of the first BALC blog hop commencing on January 29, 2016, here is a list of the participants. Please be sure to join us for the fun!

  1. Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box
  1. Diana Buynak - Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio
  1. Irene Hoffman - Heartsdezirebyirene
  1. Clare Wells Nemeth - Creative Magick
  1. Mary Reckmeyer - Afrayedknot
  1. Marcia Tuzzolino - Aurora Designs
  1. Elizabeth Wilks - Wearable Art by Lizzie
  1. Jeanette Rose Belmont - One Canvas at a time
  1. Lyn Joy Reeve - A Journey from Jewels to Jubilation
  1. Belinda Reed-Ingle - Vogue Rocks
  1. Beth Trubman - The Journey of Jewelry
  1. Carole Carlson - Beadsophisticate
  1. Jann Tague - Clever Designs by Jann
  1. Shari Gardner - SLG Jewelry Designs
  1. Susan Bolton - Fern’s Place
  1. Chris Kemp - NoodlePie Bracelets
  1. Barbara Kelley - Angels' Keep
  1. Susan Bowerman - Woodside WireWorks
  1. Pamela Anger - Novegatti Designs
  1. Joan Donovan - Hailey’s Cottage
23. Alison Huie - Ally’s Baubles
  1. Sharon Palac - Sharon’s Jewelry Garden
  1. Erica Olmos - Beeb's Closet
  1. Erin Whitacre - Shattered Time Jewelry
  1. Fran Sitton - Sitton Up Front
  1. Ginger Hammond - Lynn Leigh Designs

  1. Paula Gaskill - Lovely LaylaBug Jewels

  1. Mary Katherine - The Rose Sword

  1. Renee Webb Allen - Small Stuff Design
  1. Valerie Tilghman- ArtJewelsandGifts
  1. Chris Cravens Vintage Cravens
  1. Leslie Carver
  1. Donna Parry, JewelryDonna
  1. Gina-Marie Hammer - Tangles, Twists and Treasures

37. Kelly Wymer Winged Wisdom Enchantments

Please mark your calendars and join us!


  1. Love your theme .. how fun it will be .. looking forward to our journey together ..

  2. The fallen leaves as intertwined in the brooch are so romantic and elegant I cannot take my eyes off the royal jewellery! Very nice!