As you may or may not know, the main supplier of componenets for the jewelry I make is B'Sue Boutiques. Every month the B'sue Boutiques Creative Group has a group challenge with a theme for all members of the Facebook group B'Sue Boutiques Creative Group. As a member of the B'sue Boutiques Design Team, I try to participate in each month's challenge. These challenges encourage growth and expansion in our design skills and imagination and result in lots of sales!
SEPTEMBER'S CHALLENGE is Vintage Flair. Our goal was to create a statement piece with a vintage feeling, but driven by fashion trends. We were given a choice of four different main components (shown to the left) to work with, but to really Change it Up! To use these components in a different way than before, that has a vintage look with a flair to it!
These are all great components to work with and I've used several of them in jewelry designs in the past. Below are four necklaces that all use the same center piece as shown in the upper left of the photo above.
And here is a necklace I made for my niece (who loves purple like I do). This one uses the heart in the lower left.
But this is a challenge and vintage FLAIR, so which way to go?
Now, "fashion " has never been my thing. At least the accepted fashion of the moment. I've always set my own style...right or wrong...I choose what works for me. So, that got me to thinking. What is "vintage" really? Well, our fearless leader, Brenda Sue Lansdowne, gave us a "CLUE: Right now you will see A LOT of Boho, Retro, Hippie Chic and 60's style looks reminiscent of that time period". Well, that's all I needed to hear. As a former (and possibly current) "Hippie chick", the Hippie Chic style called to me.
So this is what I started with. The large cuff stamping, a beautiful simulated Czech fire opal, a bezel and some chain. I then decided to cut the cuff in half and paint it using Perfect Pearls in my favorite colors that matched the stone (I decided to forgo the browns, oranges and golds of my former Hippie life).
I then added some spectra beads, a tiny flower locket (flower power!), all from B'Sue Boutiques, and made it into a SLAVE BRACELET! Boho, Hippie Chic Vintage Flair! I could have worn it then and I will wear it now! And, I don't think the final result looks at all like the full cuff stamping I started with.
So, that's it for me for this challenge! If you're a designer or would like to get involved in making jewelry with a fun group of people, come on over and join us in the B'Sue Boutiques Creative Group on Facebook! We'd love to have you!!
One other note: I'm also a graphic and web designer, and Brenda asked me to design the blog badge that you see on the upper right of this blog and on many of the other blogs too!
To see more fun vintage chic designs, please visit the blogs of my amazing blog parters in this challenge by clicking on the links below.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy! Please feel free to leave a comment. We appreciate the feedback!
Brenda Sue Lansdowne - Jewelry Making Outside the Box
Mary Deis, The Rose Sword
Jann Tague, Clever Designs
Lori Beekman, B.Accessorized
Renee Hong, Fine and Dandy Jewelry
Cynthia Wainscott, Exotic Peru Jewelry
Dana Hickey, Magpie Approved
Mary Beth Quigley-Spiker, Q Settings
Karen Eaton, KJewelry Creations
Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs
Alison Huie, Ally's Baubles
Pamela Anger, Novegatti Designs
Carole Carlson, Beadsophisticate
Cindy Peterson, Howling Dog Jewelry
Marcia Tuzzolino, Aurora Designs
Charlotte Smothers, Sea Horse Ranch Life
Catherine Shattuck, Victorian Rose Boutique
Clare Wells Nemeth. Papercrafting Magic
Erin Whitacre, Shattered Time
Lynda O'Mara, Lomara Creative
Ginger Hammond, Lynn Leigh Designs
Ingrid Anderson, Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry
Deb Beechy, Beetique
Harry Wood, Oscar Crow
Delyssa Maxwell, Past Time Fancies
Paula Gaskill, Lovely Layla Bugs
Irene Hoffman, Heart's Dezire by Irene
Alexandra Sefton, Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art
Leslie Carver, Adorn Divine Designs