Friday, April 1, 2016

B'sue Boutiques Build A Line Challenge Blog Hop 3: The Big Reveal

Sorry for The Big Delay before The Big Reveal. On with the show!

So this is it, our third BALC hop!

If you've been following my previous posts, you saw my theme was "black." I thought, "yay, so much leeway!" Then I realized…so much leeway. How do I make the pieces work together?

I decided that on top of pulling from current fashion, I should look back through what I'd done to see if there were any themes, any strong points. I also looked at what I'd ordered lately to see if my mind knew something I didn't. It does that sometimes!

"Hand me the black thing." "Which one?"

I looked at my worktable and what else did I see? Butterflies. I had some patterned parts, also, what would bring it together?

I had just finished the painting and patinas on these drops and cabochon when they sparked a vision. 
Lesson learned here: Gilders Paste darkens when spray lacquered!
This was Tulip Red.
They reminded me of tiles, and suddenly I could see a bistro, open late of course, with the pops of bright reds, hints of sparkle from the lights, and flowers all around. Perhaps a small box garden lining the front of the building…and maybe even a nice, full moon. I could see a female customer, in her flowing, floral skirt and heels, with a butterfly clip in her hair. (Is this my customer, who knows? ;) )

Ted Drake

I know, I'll call it the Midnight Bistro line!  

And these were the first four pieces to come out:

Wait, wait, something's not right here...
A lovely bow and floral motif, a modest statement necklace, a convertible necklace/bracelet, and one of my favorite butterfly designs modified and made into the colors. Black is hard to photograph! Those centers in the silver flowers in the bottom necklace are actually Siam Swarovski Crystals, but the camera doesn't want you to know that. Here's another view:

"Hang on, where did the color go, and where is that fifth piece?"
(That was Ookie! He's late to our party, but he promises he'll be here tomorrow. 
*folds arms and pouts* But I digress.)

The first four above (Sir Fifth Piece not appearing in this film*) are now a sub line I've tentatively dubbed Moonglow Garden. This is because my "second" fifth and sixth pieces came out more like these below. I realized I was making a turn, and that I should just let it flow and see where this went instead. 

Did I mention black was hard to photograph?

Okay, with that out of the way, here's the ACTUAL Midnight Bistro line!

"Geez, that's a lot, can we zoom?"  Clicking the photo should do it.

I used the red and white cabochons I'd initially painted as a bouncing off point. Here are a few before and after pieces:

Slight bit of a difference.

First I added the reds back:

There goes those Siam Swarovskis again. HOW do you photograph them? They're so vibrant in person.

Aha! You have to have direct sun coming from the side.

I had the Peony Cabochon and a certain color in mind...I couldn't wait to use it. I added some soft pink just for good measure. The beads on the leftmost necklace are handmade millifiori beads with tiny pink roses.

"They're so soft, they're soft focus!" Boy, I wish I could show you these colors in person...
(Remember what I said about my mind knowing something I didn't? Look at the Pantone Colors of the Year, there! My Inner Designer was paying attention, and used Rose Quartz and Serenity without my even realizing it. Nice!)

Most pieces had no special backings, but in addition to the one up above, these two pieces below did. Those floral star pieces come in handy here.

I had some good sun today, so I've gotten some better closeups for you:

You can sort of see the variegation I was able to get on the leaves. Painting these was so much fun. You get a better view of the pink millifioris, too. I achieved the glow on the little pink cabochon in the middle pendant by silver leafing the back. It was initially a clear pink piece.

Welp, there's my run-through. Oh wait, I should show you I still have lots to come. Including that pesky Ookie!

I'm still fiddling with that red floral pattern piece. 
I might even try some cagework. Yipes!

I would like to thank Brenda Sue Lansdowne for hosting this class; I've learned SO much! Through this class I have come to understand that I'm in an exploratory phase, that I don't need to push myself to bigger business jussssst yet. I'm enjoying the ride. :)

(*We apologize for the unavoidable Monty Python joke.)

PS:  Ookie is fashionably late, as always.

I'm playing around, but the idea was too much fun not to try. 
Click here to see where the idea originated.
It was fun trying to figure out how to anchor strung pearls without making a small strand for each swag. Can you spot the secret?

Thank you for joining me on this adventure, please keep the hop going with my classmates below!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box --our Host and wonderful Teacher!

Diana Buynak Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio

Irene Hoffman, Heart's Dezire by Irene

Clare Wells Nemeth, Creative Magick

Mary Reckmeyer, Afrayed Not

Marcia Tuzzolino, Aurora Designs

Elisabeth Wilks, Wearable Art by Lizzie

Jeanette Rose Belmont, One Canvas At A Time

Lyn Joy Reeve, A Journey From Jewels To Jubilation

Beth Trubman, The Journey of Jewelry

Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate

Jann Tague, Clever Designs by Jann

Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs

Susan Bolton, Fern's Place

Chris Kemp, Noodle Pie Bracelets

Susan Bowerman, Woodside Wireworks

Pamela Anger, Novegatti Designs

Joan Donovan, Hailey's Cottage

Alison Huie, Ally's Baubles

Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden

Erica Olmos, Beeb's Closet

Erin Whitacre, Shattered Time Jewelry

Fran Sitton, Sitton Up Front

Ginger Hammond, Lynn Leigh Designs

Paula Gaskill, Lovely LaylaBug Jewels

Mary Deis, The Rose Sword

Renee Webb Allen, Small Stuff Design

Valerie Tilghman, ArtJewelsandGifts

Chris Cravens, Vintage Cravens

Leslie Carver, Adorn Divine Designs  you are here!

Donna Parry, JewelryDonna

Gina-Marie Hammer, Tangles, Twists and Treasures

Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments


  1. Leslie, I loved reading your blog and your line is gorgeous! I am drawn to monochromatic jewelry. The black is beautiful.

  2. Great job. Love the black. The butterflies are great! Great work.

  3. I genuinely love how your line turned out, Leslie. The black is smashing and the bits of color you added here and there really make those pieces pop. All of your pieces are stunning. Well done!

  4. Leslie, I love what you did for your line. The black with the pretty touches of color, is wonderful. Great blog post!

  5. Leslie, lovely work, lovely line. Great blog post.

  6. I think that you hit the nail on the head! I had some moments of ooohh how do i recover from this did a great job!

  7. I love your use of color in this line - it really draws the attention away from the black, which could become heavy-handed. Love the paint treatment you used on the red/black cameo. Nice work!

  8. Love your line & blog. I really am a fan of the black components you used with a hint of color. Really a great choice and different from most of the color lines. Great job!

  9. Great job Leslie. I love all your pieces, especially your' bistro cameo'. These items you've created have made a great line and have possibilities of sub-lines too.

  10. What a beautiful line, Leslie! I especially like the black with red - very dramatic :) Way to go with this one!

  11. Congratulations on your line Leslie its Lovely, great post, luved following your thought process, thanks for sharing.

  12. Love the black in these pieces, it's not often that you see the black in the chains, filigrees, findings and charms in jewelry, love how your line turned out. It's uniquely beautiful and a little edgy totally something I would wear!!

  13. Wow I love all of your creations .. great blog .. wishing you much success ..

  14. Beautifully pulled together! I am glad you were able to do the class with us, and I hope you got everything from it that you wanted. This is a great line, very cohesive and not really what I thought I'd see from you, so! I loved the surprise. Just for the record....I did expect it would be well done, no worries! WHOA, it's all of that and a bag of chips! KEEP GOING with this's a winner!

  15. I really like your blog post and your little side comments. Your line is so pretty! I really like hoe you recolored the cameos and your butterfly necklaces are wonderful. I could see myself wearing all of them. Great job!

  16. When you were describing the setting I thought you were going to say a cafe in Paris. You can never beat black and red together. I really enjoyed your post and it goes without saying the jewelry is beautiful.

  17. Nice post, Leslie, and your line is fantastic! The pops of color with the black is a great look, and your painting is so pretty and neat. ;) I can see you taking this line far!

  18. Very pretty line Leslie..I love the black was a pleasure being in class with you.

  19. Beautiful pieces and I love the elegance of the black finish.

  20. I have, kind of postponed working with the black findings. I did not have a clear vision of what I wanted to do with them. I found your line inspiring and I could see how flattering black can be. Everything is beautiful....great job!