September Blog Hop Reveal-Change It Up!

Blog Hop Badge

Blog Hop Badge

It’s here! The “Change It Up” blog hop reveal, sponsored by Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutiques!

Participants were invited to create a jewelry design choosing from a selection of components. The photo below depicts the components we could choose from. I selected the leafy scroll style one shown in the top left of the photo. It is one of my very favorite stampings that B’Sue Boutiques carries. It is shown here in raw brass, but I used one with a brass ox finish because I like the way Vintaj patinas look over this finish.

B'Sue Components

B’Sue Components

Another twist was that we had to use it in a way that we normally wouldn’t. We could choose to cut it up, turn it upside down or inside out. Which is what I did, even turning the middle section upside down!

MY PROCESS:

So, the first step in my process was to cut it up into three pieces, the middle section to use as a pendant, and the two smaller sections to incorporate as earrings. After cutting the stamping apart, I used a dremel to smooth down rough edges. I also selected a vine-like motif component and cut it apart as well. I felt that it mimicked a scrolling rose vine, which is exactly what I wanted.

Components Coming Together

Components Coming Together

Once I did the prep work for the components, I went on to the fun part, colorizing! The media I used were Vintaj patinas, regular acrylic paint, and Lumiere metallic paints. Next came the drilled holes for suspending the pendant and earring beads. I then sealed all the pieces for long wear.

Now, as I had previously mentioned, the name I chose for my project is “Summer’s Last Rose”. As you can guess, the name came from these lovely artisan lampwork glass, Rose motif beads. I’ve had them in my stash for some time and purchased them when we first set up the Internet. At that time I discovered luscious floral, glass lampwork beads! Oh my, what would I do with these beautiful miniature gardens in the palm of my hand? These were just waiting for the right project!

Beautiful Artisan Lampwork Beads and Neckpiece Beads

Beautiful Artisan Lampwork Beads and Neckpiece Beads

As I was working on this project, I couldn’t help but think of my dad. I believe he is the one I inherited my love of flowers from. I recalled that as a little girl, I watched him tend to his beautiful roses climbing up the tall trellis alongside the wall of our house. He was so proud of them. I also remember him planting bulb flowers in the flower bed. I love bulb flowers in the spring! So, Summer’s Last Rose can be an ode to my dad. 💕

My Mom and Dad

My Mom and Dad

The final touches include an altered resin rose and various coordinating beads that will make up the hand beaded Neckpiece. The little roses on the neckpiece are resin which I also hand painted and gave them a patina look. And I decided to make the earrings post earrings.

INTRODUCING!

Drum roll, please . . . introducing SUMMER’S LAST ROSE!

Summer's Last Rose Necklace and Earring Set

Summer’s Last Rose Necklace and Earring Set

Summer's Last Rose Post Earrings

Summer’s Last Rose Post Earrings

Close-up View of Focal

Close-up View of Focal

Last But Not Least, Beaded Neck Chain

Last But Not Least, Beaded Neck Chain

List for Blog Hop September 25, 2015:

Brenda Sue Lansdowne

Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Mary Deis

The Rose Sword

http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com/

Jann Tague

Clever Designs

https://janntague.wordpress.com/

Lori Beekman

B.Accessorized

https://baccessorized.wordpress.com/

Renee Hong

Fine and Dandy Jewelry

http://www.fineanddandyjewelry.blogspot.com/

Cynthia Wainscott

Exotic Peru Jewelry

http://exoticperujewelry.blogspot.com/

Dana Hickey

Magpie Approved

http://magpieapproved.blogspot.com/

Mary Beth Quigley-Spiker

Q Settings

https://qsettings.wordpress.com/

Karen Eaton

KJewelry Creations

http://kjewelrycreations1.blogspot.com/

Shari Gardner

SLG Jewelry Designs

https://slgdesigns.wordpress.com/

Alison Huie

Ally’s Baubles

http://allysbaubles.blogspot.com/

Pamela Anger

Novegatti Designs

http://www.novegattidesigns.blogspot.com/

Carole Carlson

Beadsophisticate

https://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com/

Cindy Peterson

Howling Dog Jewelry

https://howlingdogjewelry.wordpress.com/

Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs

http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me/

Charlotte Smothers

Sea Horse Ranch Life

http://seahorseranch.blogspot.com/

Catherine Shattuck

Victorian Rose Boutique – You are here!😉

https://vrbrose.wordpress.com/

Clare Wells Nemeth

Papercrafting Magic

http://papercraftingmagic.blogspot.com/

Erin Whitacre

Shattered Time

https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com/

Lynda O’Mara

Lomara Creative

http://www.lomaracreative.com/

Ginger Hammond

Lynn Leigh Designs

https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com/

Ingrid Anderson

Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry

https://lilisgems.wordpress.com/

Deb Beechy

Beetique

http://www.beetique56.blogspot.com

Harry Wood

Oscar Crow

http://oscarcrow.blogspot.com/

Delyssa Maxwell

Past Time Fancies

https://pasttimefancies.wordpress.com/

Paula Gaskill

Lovely Layla Bugs

http://lovelylaylabugjewels.weebly.com/blog

Irene Hoffman

Heart’s Dezire by Irene

https://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com/

Alexandra Sefton

Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

http://wilywolverine.blogspot.com/

Leslie Carver

Adorn Divine Designs

http://adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com/

Just A Note!

Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace

Well, I’m gearing up for tomorrow’s blog hop reveal! Nature has always been one of my biggest inspirations for my jewelry designs. I took this photo of Queen Anne’s Lace on a day I like to call “Denver weather.” That’s when the sun is shining jubilantly and the humidity is low, just fabulous!

Anyhoo, so as I mentioned in my last post, I named my blog project “Summer’s Last Rose”, inspired by my favorite flower. I really enjoyed working on it and am happy with the colors I selected for it. The main design element that I chose is a favorite of mine as well. Looking forward to sharing it with you tomorrow. Have a good night everyone!

Blog Hop and Participants

Just a quick reminder! The “Change It Up” Blog Hop, sponsored by Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutiques. And it’s  right around the corner! All participants were invited to create a jewelry design choosing from a selection of her components. BUT, the twist is we had to use it in a way that we normally wouldn’t. We could cut it up, turn it upside down or inside out, just wherever our imagination takes us!

Double Rainbow
Double Rainbow

But here’s a rainbow to remind us that summer showers bring pretty flowers!

Shabby Roses Necklace

Shabby Roses Necklace

Shabby Sky Blue Leaf Earrings
Shabby Sky Blue Leaf Earrings

Please see the list below for all the artists participating in this month’s Hop. Click on the links to check out their work!

List for Blog Hop September 25, 2015:

Brenda Sue Lansdowne

Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Mary Deis

The Rose Sword

http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com/

Jann Tague

Clever Designs

https://janntague.wordpress.com/

Lori Beekman

B.Accessorized

https://baccessorized.wordpress.com/

Renee Hong

Fine and Dandy Jewelry

http://www.fineanddandyjewelry.blogspot.com/

Cynthia Wainscott

Exotic Peru Jewelry

http://exoticperujewelry.blogspot.com/

Dana Hickey

Magpie Approved

http://magpieapproved.blogspot.com/

Mary Beth Quigley-Spiker

Q Settings

https://qsettings.wordpress.com/

Karen Eaton

KJewelry Creations

http://kjewelrycreations1.blogspot.com/

Shari Gardner

SLG Jewelry Designs

https://slgdesigns.wordpress.com/

Alison Huie

Ally’s Baubles

http://allysbaubles.blogspot.com/

Pamela Anger

Novegatti Designs

http://www.novegattidesigns.blogspot.com/

Carole Carlson

Beadsophisticate

https://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com/

Cindy Peterson

Howling Dog Jewelry

https://howlingdogjewelry.wordpress.com/

Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs

http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me/

Charlotte Smothers

Sea Horse Ranch Life

http://seahorseranch.blogspot.com/

Catherine Shattuck

Victorian Rose Boutique – You are here!😉

https://vrbrose.wordpress.com/

Kelly Wymer

Winged Wisdom Enchantments

https://wingedwisdomenchantments.wordpress.com/

Clare Wells Nemeth

Papercrafting Magic

http://papercraftingmagic.blogspot.com/

Erin Whitacre

Shattered Time

https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com/

Lynda O’Mara

Lomara Creative

http://www.lomaracreative.com/

Ginger Hammond

Lynn Leigh Designs

https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com/

Ingrid Anderson

Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry

https://lilisgems.wordpress.com/

Deb Beechy

Beetique

http://www.beetique56.blogspot.com

Harry Wood

Oscar Crow

http://oscarcrow.blogspot.com/

Delyssa Maxwell

Past Time Fancies

https://pasttimefancies.wordpress.com/

Paula Gaskill

Lovely Layla Bugs

http://lovelylaylabugjewels.weebly.com/blog

Irene Hoffman

Heart’s Dezire by Irene

https://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com/

Alexandra Sefton

Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

http://wilywolverine.blogspot.com/

Leslie Carver

Adorn Divine Designs

http://adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com/

September Blog Hop!

Exciting update to report! I can’t believe it’s right around the corner! Yep, it’s the B’Sue Boutiques, September 2015 Blog Hop! It’s called Change It Up and involves creating a jewelry design using one of her components in a way that we normally wouldn’t use it. The reveal isn’t until September 25th, so I can’t post any progress photos of my design. So stay tuned!

B'Sue Boutiques Creative Group Blog. Hop

B’Sue Boutiques Creative Group Blog. Hop

But here’s something I made for the B’Sue Boutiques Creative Group regular monthly challenge called Vintage Flair. It’s a real vintage, raw brass locket that I patina’d and altered with a French vintage floral stamping that I hand colorized. It’s such a pretty component with a lovely flourish style which I think just makes this piece.

Vintage Flair Challenge

Sea Treasures!

Sanibel Island, photo by Bradeos Graphon

Sanibel Island, photo by Bradeos Graphon

By the time March rolls around and you’re ohhh so ready to head south, you close your eyes and envision fond memories of beach combing on Florida’s warm sandy beaches. You dig your toes into the warm sand to discover even more sea treasures that have washed up on shore. The hunt is especially exciting after a storm has churned up the ocean to give up even more treasures. I mean, have you ever been to Sanibel Island, FL? A must visit destination!

Ok, getting a bit sidetracked with my day dreaming. So we had a fun challenge for August in the B’Sue Boutiques Creative Group on FB that was all about beachiness, is that even a word? So many beautiful pieces were presented. You can see them if you come join the group! Well, I just had to jump in and present an entry myself. It was so much fun, and challenging, to give her an “unearthed treasure from the sea” look. I’ve named her Sea Treasures Necklace. So what do ya think? She is to be listed in my Etsy shop today!

Sea Treasure Necklace
          Sea Treasures Necklace
Close-up View
                      Close-up View
Featured on Necklace Display

              Featured on Necklace Display

Discover Sea Treasure Necklace on Etsy at www.VRBBoutique.etsy.com (Victorian Rose Boutique)
Discover Sea Treasures Necklace on Etsy at http://www.VRBBoutique.etsy.com (Victorian Rose Boutique)

Why Not a Blue Bee?

I had, had this little guy laying around for some time now. Just wasn’t sure what to do with him as I’m not “into” bugs. But this beautiful new product from Swellegant (color called Skye Sapphire patina) came to my attention and I really wanted to give it a try. As you can see, it’s a stunning blue color! After that, everything just fell into place. Take a look!

Well, why not a blue bee? He can be a fantasy bee that’s just pretty and doesn’t sting. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, ha-ha!

I’d also had the beautiful Czech cobalt cab in my stash so that’s what I mean when I say things just fell into place. I placed it in a lacy bezel brass ox and attached it securely to the bee’s “abdomen”.

Completed Blue Bee Pendant
Completed Blue Bee Pendant

In the photo below, you see I’ve started collecting coordinating beads for a hand wired chain. Ooh, they’re going to look so pretty with the bee, don’t you think?

Blue Bee with beads to be used for a beaded chain

The following photos show the progression of the creation of my Blue Bee Pendant.

Working on Blue Bee's Wings

Working on Blue Bee’s Wings

Close-up Progression

Close-up Progression

The photos show that I’ve poured the Swellegant Skye Sapphire patina in a plastic bottle cap from which I carefully sponged it onto the wings. The bee motif stamping had already been prepped with ivory spray paint a while ago.

Blue Bee all ready for the sparkling glass cab
Blue Bee all ready for the sparkling glass cab

After rubbing him out a bit, the photo shows the  colorizing accents I did with Swellegant’s copper metal coating along with Lumiere’s acrylic bronze paint for highlighting. I also used a bit of the Lumiere to accentuate the lines in his wings. Then I added another coat of Sky Sapphire patina. After sealing, he’s all ready for the final step as shown in the photo above with the blue cab.

Update No. 3

Beginnings for my Serenity Necklace

Beginnings for my Serenity Necklace

Whoops! Completed projects have been included in this post.

This girl was a lot of work! Playing with the components that I’ve readied for this piece – hand patina’d back filigree finished in shabby white; ornate bezel tray colorized in soft blush, hand placed “antiqued” word ephemera; hand wired Czech glass beads; and last but not least, ceramic bisque rose and lavender resin rose (I didn’t use the little lavender rose after all). You can see her at http://www.VRBBoutique.etsy.com.

Serenity Necklace

Serenity Necklace

Another View

Another View

She’s all finished and listed in my Etsy shop!