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Build a Line Challenge from B'Sue Boutiques, Lynda O’Mara, LOmara Creative Designs, Part Two

Build a Line Challenge from B'Sue Boutiques, Lynda O’Mara, LOmara Creative Designs, Part TwoFor the past several months I’ve been participating in a master class of sorts for the B’Sue Boutiques Build a Line Challenge and it’s been a non-stop learning experience!  This saying has been my guiding light for much of the time as I found myself wondering how to reach my vision on more than one occasion. When I get stuck, I find that I need to get quiet and meditate and the ideas come flooding to me!

As I’m accompanied on this journey by 55 other wonderful, creative jewelry designers, makers and hobbyists, I see a myriad of experiences that we share in the group. Some of us know exactly what we want to do and are executing our vision flawlessly, some of us have become stuck only to reach out for the support of the other participants that are so generous and supportive, and some of us are only starting to find our way.  While I can’t speak for everyone in the group, I have a strong feeling that we are all learning and growing, not only in our jewelry design endeavors, but in our lives as a result of being courageous and stepping up to accept the challenge.

Colorado ConnectionAnd speaking of others on the journey, we discovered that there are four of us in Colorado, and we've been able to get together in person to see our designs and to support each other.  You can see the Colorado Connection on the left with Lori Prull Meyer (top left), Alexandra Sefton (top right), myself (bottom left) and Maria Clark (bottom right).  They are so creative, talented, supportive and fun, I know we're forging a friendship that will last into the future. 

And, even though the other participants are scattered around the world, I've become Facebook friends with many.  And, not surprisingly, everyone that I've connected with is positive and creative and I enjoy reading what's happening in their lives through Facebook posts.  I feel a great sense of community and am so grateful to Brenda for putting this awesome group of women together!

The goal if this challenge is to have a cohesive line of jewelry at the end of three month period when we have our final blog hop on March 20.  In order to reach that goal, I’ve had to think about how and why I create jewelry, how I’ve done it in the past and what I want to do in the future.  Our wonderful leader and mentor, Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B’Sue Boutiques, is guiding us on this journey.

In the past, I’ve mostly done one-of-a-kind designs, so the real challenge for me has been to create designs that can be done quickly and efficiently as part of a line and that fall into the bottom two tiers of the pyramid.  Since my theme is “When Brass meets Glass” (or "Kiss my Brass" as my friend Mel renamed it) and features the wonderful lampwork beads from Grace Lampwork Beads, I’ve been able to have my cake and eat it too. By using different lampwork beads as the center-piece, I am creating a cohesive line that includes a basic design, but with different beads and different colors.The photos below shows a design in various stages; raw brass pieces, a Grace bead, the piece being clamped after painting, sealing and assembly, and the finished focal piece which can be used as a necklace or brooch.

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In process Finished necklaces

I choose to make these three pieces into necklaces, but brooches will be added at a later time. The pendant focals have the same basic design, but look very different because of the lampwork beads used along with the colors I painted the raw brass and the different neck treatments.  These necklaces will be priced around $40.

So far I’ve done necklaces, earrings and a bracelet. The three necklaces in the line so far have matching earrings and the purple set has a matching bracelet.  I plan to use a similar design for more necklaces, bracelets and brooches.

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LOmara Creative Designs JewelryYou can tell from the designs I’ve shown so far that I love to paint metal with bright colors. Since part of the challenge is to create a sellable line, I made a simpler necklace with more earthy tones. I was having trouble finding just the right color for the flower piece behind the lampwork focal, so I torch patinaed the flower and got wonderful colors that work great with the bead!

I’ve also started several other pieces that don’t have the neckline treatments on them yet that are using puffy hearts as the centerpiece.  My challenge with the hearts is finding a backing component to nest the hearts in as they are not flat on the back.  This is a challenge with the beads too, but not as much as the hearts. 

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I think the pieces to the above will work as part of a cohesive line, and I would appreciate your thoughts, dear readers, as to whether they do or not, so please leave a comment about them if you are so inclined.

Photo_Blog_TessaInProgress.jpgAs usual, my lovely creative assistant, Ms. Tessa Kitty, has made herself known.  She’s managed to plop herself in the middle of my work table or on my lap where she lets me know in no uncertain terms that she doesn’t want me to get up.  So, I’ve resorted to doing my stringing while sitting in my chair with my trusty companion on the footrest beside my legs, with an occasional trip to lay on my chest when she feels that she’s not getting enough attention.

So, that’s about it for me at this point. Stay tuned for the next and final blog hop on March 20 where we'll be revealing our complete new jewelry line, and please be sure to visit the blogs of the other participants in this challenge that are shown below.  And, be sure to visit the B’Sue Boutiques website, and YouTube channel.   

I don't have an online sales site yet, but you can see more of my jewelry at https://www.facebook.com/LOmaraCreative.

Meet the Other Jewelry Artists

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Below is a list of the other jewelry artists and designers that are on this three month journey with Tessa and me.  Whether you're in the challenge or are someone who just found my blog, please visit the blogs below and feel free to leave comments if you like their story or their designs (or their assistants) for encouragement.  We're all in this together and at the end, we will all be better designers and able to offer wonderful lines of jewelry to the world.

Thank you!



Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B'sue Boutiques
Jewelry Making Outside the Box
Marcia Tuzzolino
Aurora Designs
Jann Tague
Clever Designs by Jann
Judy King
Apt to Wander Studio
Linzi Alford
Magpie in the Sky, Spoil Heap Tales
Cynthia Wainscott
Exotic Peru
Carole Carlson
Lynn Stinten
Marica Zammit
Bead Lovelies
Catherine Shattuck
Michaele Collie
The Vintage Gem
Mary Craig
Jewelry Alchemy
Lee Koopman
Strega Jewelry
Erin Whitacre
Shattered Time Jewelry
Monica Casady
MJCasady Copper Works
Leila West
Leila Nicole Designs
Cindy Peterson
Howling Dog Jewelry
Leila Belcher
Leila Bee Designs
Gloria Allen
Wings and Beads
Pamela Anger
Novegatti Designs
Tammy Adams
Paisley Lizard
Lynda O'Mara (That's me!)
LOmara Creative Designs
Elizabeth Hildreth
Dana Hickey
Wind Dancer Studios
Janet Calardo
Jan Lea Designs
Maria Clark
Sweet Willow Designs
Lori Beekman
B. Accessorized
Jennifer Kroeger
Relic Charm
Amy Jorgensen
Hoarder's Corner
Robin Reed
Artistry: Handcrafted Bead Designs
Ingrid Anderson
Lilis Gems
Louise O'Shields
Desire Divine Jewels
Susan Killam
Killam Creative
Mary Katherine Deis
The Rose Sword: Artisan and Vintage Collectible Jewelry
Nike Bottalico
Nike Bottalico
Susan Bowerman
Woodside Wireworks
Kristy Le
Kristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs
Jan Peters
Stylized Vintage
Mitzie Crider
Needful Luxuries Occasional Blog
Gina Hockett
Freestyle Elements
Linda Anderson
From the Bead Board
Alexandra Sefton
Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art
Melida Boman
The Journey of Pens and Things
Teresa Shurter
TreeZ's Treasurs
Melissa Latimer
Smithed Up
Renee Hong
Fine and Dandy Jewelry and Art
Nadine Edris
Moondance Jewelry
Lori Meyer
Parisienne Girl
Jennifer Merrill Williams
Artists of All Stripes
Denise Lussier Poirier
Jewelry by Denise
Renee Allen
Small Stuff Design++
Autumn Adams
Autumn Dawns
Elizabeth Owens
1996 Shabby Lane
Kat BarronMiller
Midnight Kat Productions Art Jewelry
Sandra Ballard
Mama San's Mojo
Coral Law





comments (39) (add comment)

  1. Melissa Latimer
    posted February 20th 2015 at 02:30 am

    So pretty! You're doing a great job! ~Melissa
  2. Marica Zammit
    posted February 20th 2015 at 02:41 am

    Wow! Your pieces are very pretty. The group photo where you show your necklaces, bangle bracelet and earrings really highlights the cohesiveness of your line I think. Well don!
  3. Lori Meyer
    posted February 20th 2015 at 03:57 am

    loving this material combination, Lynda. Fabulous blend of rich, sumptuous look while remaining imminently wearable! Sending much love from your Colorado Connection buddy :-)
  4. Susan Bowerman
    posted February 20th 2015 at 09:11 am

    Lynda, what an enjoyable read and your line is so pretty. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest. The colors are beautiful! Well done! I'm jealous of you girls and your play date!
  5. Dana
    posted February 20th 2015 at 09:17 am

    Love your color palette! Those lamp hearts are sweet too! I have two hearts and I hoard mine lol Great job!
  6. Lee
    posted February 20th 2015 at 09:29 am

    Good post good points! I really like your pieces so far and the lampwork beads are wonderful! There IS a commercial piece you can buy (I've seen it but can't remember where) that is a brooch adapter. You can convert any brooch into a necklace OR if you do simple wire work, there is an easy converter you can make. That would be incentive for anyone to buy a brooch and add it to their own chain. If you made your own, for maybe pennies, you could sell it as an add-on, or a buy a brooch, get a converter for half price selling pitch. Nice work girl.
  7. Erin Whitacre
    posted February 20th 2015 at 09:46 am

    these are beautiful and I think they work very well together!
  8. Susan Killam Creative
    posted February 20th 2015 at 10:01 am

    Your "When Brass Meets Glass" line is really coming together! I especially love the torch patinated one. Very very nice. :) Well done, Lynda! Cheers, Susan
  9. Alexandra Sefton
    posted February 20th 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Ooooh--I just love your line as you know! That photo where you have matching earrings and the dangle bracelet is really nice. I love the colors on the pendants in that one! It was really interesting to read your thoughts and to see the in progress pix and the photo of the "Fantastic Four". LOL... And of course, it's always great to see The ConTessa! Beautiful, beautiful work you do my friend!! Excited to see your final reveal next month. <3
  10. Ingrid Anderson
    posted February 20th 2015 at 02:49 pm

    Such lovely pieces. The group photo really shows how they work as a collection. Great colors too.~ Ingrid
  11. Ne Cultice
    posted February 20th 2015 at 03:59 pm

    Great work on your BALC pieces, and its so cool that you have formed the CO connection~! xXx
  12. denise poirier
    posted February 20th 2015 at 04:55 pm

    Your blog is great and your jewelry is absolutely beautiful! Great work from a great artist!
  13. Maria
    posted February 20th 2015 at 05:08 pm

    Lynda, the mini assemblage on your pieces is so lovely. The glass beads add color and interest - how wonderful.
  14. Nike
    posted February 20th 2015 at 05:16 pm

    beautiful work and I love it! great blog!
  15. Chi
    posted February 20th 2015 at 05:34 pm

    Love your line! Every piece is beautiful and works well within your theme. The lampwork beads add a lovely touch. Looking forward to more of your pretties!
  16. Tammy Adams
    posted February 20th 2015 at 07:18 pm

    Your line is coming along so well. The coloring is lovely and each piece looks very wearable. I can see your customers wanting to collect not just a matching colored set, but sets in every color.
  17. Brenda Sue
    posted February 20th 2015 at 07:59 pm

    You've got it! Well done, excellent blog post. As you reach out to do more selling I hope you find the principles in the class continually helpful so that whichever way you take this...it takes you exactly where you want it to.
  18. Micheale
    posted February 20th 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Beautiful work, my friend! Your colors are gorgeous and I can't wait to see your completed sets!
  19. Bev Sedy
    posted February 20th 2015 at 11:50 pm

    such lovely work . Color for spring and summer always nice and cheerful
  20. kristy le trendy jewelry designs
    posted February 21st 2015 at 12:54 pm

    I love your line and your gorgeous color pallet, i too love color and glass beads. Wonderful post, and it's awesome how your girls got together to create together. XOXO!
  21. Renee Hong
    posted February 21st 2015 at 01:01 pm

    Great pictures! You're lucky to have friends close by that you can meet with!
  22. Jann Tague
    posted February 21st 2015 at 06:23 pm

    Lynda .. great jewelry .. love the style and colors .. Looking forward to seeing more of your jewelry on March 20th .. Hugs
  23. Elizabeth Hildreth
    posted February 21st 2015 at 06:34 pm

    Looking good! :-) ~Elizabeth
  24. Carole Carlson
    posted February 21st 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Absolutely looks like a related line. Great job!
  25. Janet Calardo
    posted February 21st 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Really like the design and colors. Love the stampings you used and the chain is beautiful. Really sets the focal off.
  26. Marcia Tuzzolino
    posted February 22nd 2015 at 12:00 am

    Lynda, your line has wonderful color and cohesiveness. Great job. Looking forward to seeing your complete line next month.
  27. Lynn
    posted February 22nd 2015 at 12:49 am

    Looking very nice
  28. Teresa Schurter
    posted February 22nd 2015 at 03:33 pm

    Those beads are so lovely and you've matched your metals to them so well. Great job of mixing and blending the colors. It looks like you all had a great time together!
  29. Sandie Ballard
    posted February 22nd 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Beautiful and Colorful! Can't wait for your finished line!
  30. Judy
    posted February 23rd 2015 at 09:37 am

    Well done!! Beautifully executed design, Lynda!
  31. Lupe Meter
    posted February 23rd 2015 at 11:14 am

    I am just bloghopping on this wonderful challenge...such beautiful creations!
  32. Linzi Alford
    posted February 23rd 2015 at 04:58 pm

    great colourful line- looking forward to seeing the whole collection in a month!
  33. robin kae reed
    posted February 23rd 2015 at 06:59 pm

    Great Post! Your colors are awesome and I of course love the earthy one the best!!! LOL Great Job!!! Be Blessed!
  34. Monica Casady
    posted February 23rd 2015 at 07:23 pm

    Looking good, can't wait to see it all together next month!
  35. Catherine
    posted February 25th 2015 at 06:06 am

    Great job in keeping with your theme, Lynda! Love how you're using the B'Sue bases with your pieces.
  36. wings and beads
    posted February 25th 2015 at 01:39 pm

    I too hoard, I mean have a collection of Grace beads. What a lovely way to present them. Those sets are gorgeous. Love your necklaces painted to match the lampwork. beautiful posting.
  37. Louise
    posted February 25th 2015 at 08:08 pm

    Oh Lynda your line will just be jewel beautiful!!! I love lampwork! You have such an eye for bringing all of your elements together in a eye catching way!! I love that you also have Kitty power to help lead the way!!! I am truly thrilled for you and I am so happy to be your classmate. ~Louise
  38. Amy J
    posted February 26th 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Very nice! I look forward to the completed line reveal!
  39. Cynthia Wainscott
    posted March 19th 2015 at 04:47 pm

    Linda Thank you for sharing your designs Im so excited to see your whole line tomorrow.

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