Thursday, 19 March 2015

Part Three The Final Reveal - Build A Line Challenge from B'sue Boutiques by Linzi Alford of MagPie In The Sky







Welcome , well here we are -  it is the third and final hop of the B'sue Boutiques Build A Line Challenge. This is the Final  Big Reveal that all participants have been working up to for the past 3 months under the watchful eye of Brenda Sue our tutor and mentor.
 Without further ado I will show you what I have completed for this final reveal.
Hint : click on the images to see larger versions



As you can see I have used segments of my beach photos in the completed pieces. There is so much scope- I can also add to my range  keyrings, bag charms, earrings all matching and with coordinating beads added to make a coherent range
For every one of my set of images I can make the same range of price points with the more expensive bracelet at the top of the price list . SO much scope!



Here are a couple more of the pieces I have completed which are yet to have the rest of the range constructed..





And here is a close up of the Rusty paint bracelet along with the photo that inspired it..




I will finish by reminding you from where I began -  photos and B'sue components!




I still have a LONG way to go with this range- it will be a real biggie with so many variations on the theme but I cannot wait to one day see it all in it's entirety!





All that remains to do is to thank Brenda Sue for her time and effort in creating this challenge, and to wish everyone else all the best with their continued journey as, this is JUST the beginning. I feel we may see a lot of successful lines as a result of this class.



Here is the list of participants- go see what they revealed in their final blog hop of the challenge ! Leave a comment and let them know you visited :) 

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B'sue Boutiques
Marcia Tuzzolino
Jann Tague
Judy King
Linzi Alford- This is MEEEEEE !!! You are here ......
Cynthia Wainscott
Carole Carlson
Lynn Stinten
Marica Zammit
Catherine Shattuck
Michaele Collie
Mary Craig
Lee Koopman
Erin Whitacre
Monica Casady
Leila West
Cindy Peterson
Leila Belcher
Gloria Allen
Pamela Anger
Tammy Adams
Lynda O'Mara
Elizabeth Hildreth
Dana Hickey
Janet Calardo
Maria Clark
Lori Beekman
Jennifer Kroeger
Amy Jorgensen
Robin Reed
Ingrid Anderson
Louise O'Shields
Susan Killam
Mary Katherine Deis
Nike Bottalico
Susan Bowerman
Kristy Le
Jan Peters
Mitzie Crider
Gina Hockett
Linda Anderson
Alexandra Sefton
Melida Boman
Teresa Shurter
Melissa Latimer
Renee Hong
Nadine Edris
Lori Meyer
Jennifer Merrill Williams
Denise Lussier Poirier
Renee Allen
Autumn Adams
Elizabeth Owens
Kat BarronMiller
Sandra Ballard
Coral Law

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Part Two - Build A Line Challenge from B'sue Boutiques by Linzi Alford of MagPie In The Sky

My kitty "helpers" are all worn out !

Pretty sure I wouldn't doodle on my own cats paw........
Well here we are for the second hop of the  B'sue Boutiques  Build A line Challenge, where nearly 60 participants have been studying under the guide and tuition of Brenda Sue who is generously sharing her enviable experience in the industry with us all.

To find out more about the challenge click here to go to the B'sue blog post which explains the principles and aims behind the challenge.

During the last month since Blog Hop part one we have all been diligently learning about how a jewellery line is created from one showstopper one- of -a- kind creation through to a marketable affordable line.

We have shared inspirations, had pricing discussions and many other topics- all so helpful.
 Brenda made a video  (click here to go to Youtube to watch it)  that for many was a  "Eureka !" moment- it clearly shows how to develop a cohesive line of  jewellery.
These are my most favourite B'sue component ever!

Chain , chain , chain , chain......

 I have continued to work on my photo/ resin line -for me it was all about expanding the range to show some of the potential in the design. While they are all variations on a theme, it is such a versatile idea it would be a pity not to investigate the many possibilities- positively RUDE not  to !
I will be investigating how to make some less costly pieces while still staying true to the concept- you better come back again in a month to see the finished results- I will look forward to seeing you then!
 Please do leave me a comment below- is lovely to hear from you all.

Lily pond

Post Box 

peely paint table

Rusty!

Lichen macro

Bluebell deconstructed
There are some of my work in progress pics- which one tickles your fancy the most? 
Bubbles on a catkin


Here are all the participants-   off you HOP  now.  Please try to leave a comment for each person so they know you have visited  !

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B'sue Boutiques
Marcia Tuzzolino
Jann Tague
Judy King
Linzi Alford- This is MEEEEEE !!! You are here ......
Cynthia Wainscott
Carole Carlson
Lynn Stinten
Marica Zammit
Catherine Shattuck
Michaele Collie
Mary Craig
Lee Koopman
Erin Whitacre
Monica Casady
Leila West
Cindy Peterson
Leila Belcher
Gloria Allen
Pamela Anger
Tammy Adams
Lynda O'Mara
Elizabeth Hildreth
Dana Hickey
Janet Calardo
Maria Clark
Lori Beekman
Jennifer Kroeger
Amy Jorgensen
Robin Reed
Ingrid Anderson
Louise O'Shields
Susan Killam
Mary Katherine Deis
Nike Bottalico
Susan Bowerman
Kristy Le
Jan Peters
Mitzie Crider
Gina Hockett
Linda Anderson
Alexandra Sefton
Melida Boman
Teresa Shurter
Melissa Latimer
Renee Hong
Nadine Edris
Lori Meyer
Jennifer Merrill Williams
Denise Lussier Poirier
Renee Allen
Autumn Adams
Elizabeth Owens
Kat BarronMiller
Sandra Ballard
Coral Law

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

From Tiny acorns (of ideas ).............

Hello everyone- hope everyone enjoyed Part One of the Build a Line Challenge Blog Hop, kindly  sponsored  and tutored by Brenda Sue of B'sue Boutiques, there was a lot to read  but it was lovely to see everyone's ideas blooming. Looking forward to  Part Two.

I found some old photos of early jewellery that I made today and realised that they are the beginnings of the idea that I am now expanding upon so I thought I would share them with you.


This is a piece I made when studying silversmithing at adult evening classes quite a few years ago. I was a struggling single parent to a young child and had to rely on my neighbour to babysit so I could attend. It was hard work dragging myself out of the house on those dark winter evenings when I was already tired. But totally worth it for the confidence it inspired and the people I met there  and the silversmithing qualification after a year.

This was a supplementary piece for my end of year assessment- the copper  ( was plumbers pipe cut open with snips and hammered flat - I couldn't afford to buy silver even back then when it was  just£11 for a 10cm square! )   ovals are hand cut and rolled through a rolling mill with leaves. You can see the photo section under a glass lens bubble- looks like an interesting idea?



 Here is a bracelet I made using bezels with photos set under krylon triple thick spray- waaaaaay before I discovered ICE resin. The krylon worked ok  but did become tacky  with age and then got dirty.  But you can see the idea was brewing....  The photos were from an image that I still use now and it remains one of my favourite photos- the woods and river with reflections (was first up pic on previous blog post)


Here is a close up- you can see I still hadn't discovered how to use headpins and was still constructing my own with a loopy end! 

Why not share some of your journey in a blog post- would love to see?
 Please leave me a comment so that I know you visited :D
 Linzi X



Thursday, 22 January 2015

Build A Line Challenge from B'sue Boutiques, Linzi Alford of MagPie In The Sky, Part One

This is my favourite place in the woods, 5 minutes from my home.
 The primeval greenery and reflections in the water are inspirational!


This is ME! Totally NOT asleep- just engrossed taking photos.
Pic Credit Danny Fowler

I'm Linzi Alford of MagPie In The Sky, and am "proper chuffed " to be here with you for the first of three blog hops that will be the Build a Line Challenge from B'sue Boutiques.
 
Firstly a bit about the challenge, (click to read  Brenda's Blog post about the challenge- opens in a new window)
 The challenge is really an education from Brenda Sue of B'sue Boutiques where she will give us all (and we number nearly 60 from all over the world! ) the benefit of her considerable experience in the business  . There will be 3 Hops that span three months .
   All of us will be working hard to create a line of jewellery and have a coherent thought process . Coherent ? Me ?
   At the end, we will reveal a complete line of jewellery with a minimum of five pieces all individually designed and constructed from start to finish by US .


So let me begin by talking about ME - a bit about myself and my background, and why I decided to be part of this challenge.
I am from the NW of England,  Miss Potter country for those who have seen the film- I live on the edge of the English Lake District ,beautiful lakes and mountains.
I am lucky enough to have been making jewellery for 6 years now and  write regularly for UK  jewellery magazines.
Am EVEN more lucky to have had my first jewellery making project book published.  <insert shameless plug HERE  >

I am also very appreciative to be part of the B'sue Design Team  and have written a few tutorials there if you look next time you are on the site.
I love nature inspired pieces but also like the weird quirky and Steampunk too. I am a notoriously messy worker- like to be surrounded by LOTS of stuff - sometimes my 3 cattens "help" by rearranging things for me. Without me even asking. Occasionally onto the floor- see previous post the Importance of Putting lids on - a cautionary tale!
hard at work! photo credit Danny Fowler

Here I am sat at my GINOURMOUS desk


As a designer I think we are NEVER done learning- and Brenda has a LOT to teach us. So I decided to participate in the Challenge to give myself a boot up the backside and get on with making some jewellery lines to sell. 

So without further ado- this is what I am working on for the Challenge.
 I am developing an idea that I have used before- but always intended to expand a LOT on as there is so much scope for it.
Here is a bracelet I have made in the past- this one is called Dappled Light - using segments of my own photographs under resin and components from B'sue Boutiques.

Dappled Light Bracelet .Photo credit Danny Fowler

So.. here are some photos I have been cutting up ..................



 Looks like something is occuring here ........................



To see what I make remember to come back in a month for Hop 2!

And now please go and see what everyone else has been up to, remember to try and leave a comment  so we can all see who has been visiting ! 

Here is the list- Get Hopping! 


Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B'sue Boutiques
Marcia Tuzzolino
Jann Tague
Judy King
Linzi Alford
Cynthia Wainscott
Carole Carlson
Lynn Stinten
Marica Zammit
Catherine Shattuck
Michaele Collie
Mary Craig
Lee Koopman
Erin Whitacre
Monica Casady
Leila West
Cindy Peterson
Leila Belcher
Gloria Allen
Pamela Anger
Tammy Adams
Lynda O'Mara
Elizabeth Hildreth
Dana Hickey
Janet Calardo
Maria Clark
Lori Beekman
Jennifer Kroeger
Amy Jorgensen
Robin Reed
Ingrid Anderson
Louise O'Shields
Susan Killam
Mary Katherine Deis
Nike Bottalico
Susan Bowerman
Kristy Le
Jan Peters
Mitzie Crider
Gina Hockett
Linda Anderson
Alexandra Sefton
Melida Boman
Teresa Shurter
Melissa Latimer
Renee Hong
Nadine Edris
Lori Meyer
Jennifer Merrill Williams
Denise Lussier Poirier
Renee Allen
Autumn Adams
Elizabeth Owens
Kat BarronMiller
Sandra Ballard
Coral Law