BUILD A LINE CHALLENGE FROM B’SUE BOUTIQUES, NIKE BOTTALICO OF OBJECTS AND ODDITIES, PART THREE

BUILD A LINE CHALLENGE FROM B’SUE BOUTIQUES, NIKE BOTTALICO OF OBJECTS AND ODDITIES, PART THREE

 AN EXPEDITION &  EGYPTIAN JEWELS

egypt-expedition  Brenda Sue Landowne at B’Sue Boutiques hosted a wonderful 3 month class of more that more than 50 super creative peeps!  Wow, we kept her busy and what a great Master Class “Build A Line Challenge,”  (Class) sponsored by B’Sue Boutiques has been!  The outcome of this Master Class was so the participants could learn to build our own brands, build our own following, have jewelry that our customers would be pleased with!

Part of the challenge was to build a line of jewelry using B’Sue Boutiques items from Brenda’s shop, choose a style that Brenda Sue approved of (so not too many of one style), and come up with a cohesive line of at least 5 pieces of jewelry. The class members are so awesome — they took off and ran with this challenge; many created a large line of jewelry!  Some like me,  are continuing to mull the entire process!

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 What did I choose for my line/collection/limited edition?  If you are following my blog, you know my plans. If not and you are a first time visitor:  I chose to create an 1920s Egyptian Stylized Jewelry Line.

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Egyptian style jewelry has been popular since the Egyptians designed it! Plus I love History and Culture! Many aspects of Egyptian Jewelry continues to be popular throughout the years, the lotus, beetles, palm trees, and pyramid.  The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922 caused an explosion in Egyptian inspired jewelry – fueling (for me) one of the best periods in jewelry, characterized by daring exotic designs and color combinations.  Since the 1920s, the Egyptian revival trend has returned every few decades. Some of the most ornate pieces made in recent years by Joseff of Hollywood for the 1963 epic “Cleopatra,” starring Elizabeth Taylor.

We were also encouraged by our fearless leader/teacher, to learn about popular jewelry designers and designers who came before us.  I love Bohemian Style Jewelry and I was able to find many designers who I could relate to as an artist!

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I knew that I would be able to get the supplies I needed from B’sue Boutique.com!

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Also since I have a love for this style of jewelry surely it would be easy to create~ NOT!

My work in this class has stretched me to my limits and beyond.  I needed to think and re-learn how to create with thoughtfulness of who my customer is, what I am saying as an artist, my style, use of color pallets from Pantone’s Seasonal colors to  other color theories such as “Color Me Beautiful.”  There were many suggestions to consider as best practice to use for the beauty industry and to use for a jewelry business.

 

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I learned that I really I like to make “one-offs” or One of a Kind Jewelry… I found how very difficult it is for me to shift into a mode of planning to make multiples of an items. I am trying to make the shift as I believe I can create more cohesively as an artist now that I have taken the class.   I learned though,  I have so much more to learn!  I watched my fellow Jewelry designers flourish while I struggled….  However, this does not mean that I am going to give up on this process as it has been such a wonderful journey!  

I did understand the concepts of class, but I still found the process as quite difficult.  The Class is great!  I encourage the class for anyone who is serious about learning,  to take the class when it comes up again~ You will learn a great deal about yourself, your fellow designers  and how to go about Creating a Line of Jewelry! What a great group of people I have worked with!

My take away~

  • Photography for an On-line presence is so important and I am still working on that for my business, clear, sharp pictures of my creations.
  • Planning on what my designs are going to be here forward–  managing a supply inventory which is an intimidating task because there are so many unknown factors!  I have to ask myself how many pieces do I plan to make, how deep do I need to keep my stock keeping in mind availability, and where can I can get quality items needed for my line. (B’Sue’s of course!)
  • I need to ask myself, am I creating a limited edition of a Full line that I make over and over with small adjustments depending on what season, or what the customer is needing at that time.

Well to close, I am so glad I participated. I am still mulling on all the new ideas and creating my Line, or Collection,  or a Limited Edition!!  ~Whew~

I hand patinaed my pieces, hand painted others, sanded, drilled holes, soldered, and hand wrapped wires.  I used some similarity in  colors for the pieces also.  I started out one way…. drifted to another.  I am thinking carefully now as an artist, what am I saying for this line?  I am working on a price Pyramid, lowest to highest for my Line and continuing to develop pieces.

Here are some of my finished product for the Class as we will be judged for creativeness, completeness, and continuity of the pieces:

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Thanks Brenda Sue,  and all my fellow designers for this time together ~  this time together has been such a gift!

XO

nike

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BUILD A LINE CHALLENGE FROM B’SUE BOUTIQUES, NIKE BOTTALICO OF OBJECTS AND ODDITIES, PART TWO

BUILD A LINE CHALLENGE FROM B’SUE BOUTIQUES, NIKE BOTTALICO OF OBJECTS AND ODDITIES, PART TWO

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An Egyptian Story

Collection by Nike E. Bottalico of Objects and Oddities

Build A Line Challenge from B’sue Boutiques,  Part Two 

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The online class  I am participating in the Build a Line Challenge with B’Sue Boutiques (http://www.bsueboutiques.com/) is continuing and this is the second blog!   It is a wonderful Master Class being lead by the remarkable Brenda Sue Lansdowne.  The class is being taught so the participants will understand how to build a cohesive line of jewelry!  Since I look at making jewelry akin to making art,  I have found the class to be challenging for me as I am questioning my own beliefs regarding how I go about making art.  However, for anyone to learn from a class, one needs to be open to learning new information!  I have learned to be much more open! The funny part for me in this challenge as prior to my retirement, I was a trainer in my job. It was oftentimes difficult for the new hires to learn new things and as it has been difficult for me to learn new ways of thinking about how I create! pyramid-of-khafre I inserted an image above of a pyramid as part of what my jewelry focus is,  along with one of the core concepts of the class to build a line of jewelry by laying a foundation of your jewelry line in tiers, lowest in price to the highest! IMG_1846 If you did not read my first blog on this subject, for my jewelry line, I chose a childhood love of ancient Egypt, and my desire to be an archeologist.  I also knew I would be able to acquire the jewelry components from Brenda’s website http://www.bsueboutiques.com/ needed for this challenge~ Throughout time humans have created adornment or jewelry.   Brenda’s shop carries a plethora of jewelry components that have been made over and over since the 1900s.  The 1920s  had a time called the Art Deco Revival era that included Egyptian Jewelry.

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small antique purse,

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Since I wanted to start with the lowest tier of the pyramid for making my jewelry, I chose to experiment with Earrings that would go with all the other pieces of my “line,” of jewelry.  I painted a lot of raw brass and some Brass OX to fit with Pantone’s Spring colors, and I have chosen a few colors to use from ancient Egyptian Times.   bug_earrings_3   bug_earrings_2   To Mid-range of the Pyramid playing with some bracelet shapes with colors, beads, or possible sayings!  I still have some items on my work table that will be shown during the final blog next month!

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  007   Finally during the last blog I will reveal the full collection An Egyptian Story in March.  We are expected to have at least 5 separate pieces to fulfill the challenge.  Here is a sneak peek at my top level design!

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Thanks and visit each artist listed below in our blog hop, leave a comment for them also!  Everyone loves to know that you read us!   Best wishes xo nike

B’Sues Boutique Pinterest Boards and New Website!

B’Sues Boutique Pinterest Boards and New Website!

Check out my friend B’Sue or Brenda’s Blog and her Jewelry Supply shop.  She is an angel and has awesome USA made products, not something you see everyday!  Have a look, you will be pretty pleased with the quality and wonderful customer service!

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http://www.bsueboutiques.com/

She also has a great You tube Channel to check out

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Extra Long Tassel Necklace, over 30 inches!

Extra Long Tassel Necklace, over 30 inches!

Extra Long Tassel Beaded Necklace, 30 inch chain and 4 inch drop Tassel. This is a really special necklace as it is jewel tones and is hand-wired and hand-wrapped by me! The Tassel falls like a waterfall from an Old Rose Copper Tulip Bead. This necklace is a statement piece and will go with anything in your closet! The necklace contains US made findings, and mixed metals, coppers, dark antique brass, gold tones and silver tones!

The necklace looks great with Black, White or any solid color. You can add other necklaces with it and it will look so hip! Depending on how tall you are, this hits me med-stomach (I am 5’4″). It is a great addition to any jewelry collection!

Very pretty and just right for anytime wear!