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.
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!
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.
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!
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. 💕
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.
Drum roll, please . . . introducing SUMMER’S LAST ROSE!
List for Blog Hop September 25, 2015:
Brenda Sue Lansdowne
The Rose Sword
Fine and Dandy Jewelry
Exotic Peru Jewelry
Mary Beth Quigley-Spiker
SLG Jewelry Designs
Howling Dog Jewelry
Sea Horse Ranch Life
Victorian Rose Boutique – You are here! 😉
Clare Wells Nemeth
Lynn Leigh Designs
Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry
Past Time Fancies
Lovely Layla Bugs
Heart’s Dezire by Irene
Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art
Adorn Divine Designs