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B’Sue Build a Line

I’ve discovered a source for components that I really like.  B’Sue Boutiques has fantastic findings in raw brass that I can color, combine and manipulate to enhance my designs.  It’s amazing what a little B’Sue can do.  Here’s a before and after photo of a necklace I made.  Didn’t really like it all that much till I added a bat from B’Sue Boutiques.  The result if worthy of Abby at NCIS.

My beautiful bat necklace

My beautiful bat necklace


Brenda Landsdowne, of B’Sue Boutiques is guiding over 50 designers through a challenge to build a line of jewely.  She will be our fearless guide to creating a new look, a new style, one that is uniquely our own.   For 3 months we will take this class, the first of its kind and hopefully expand our designing horizons, learn a lot and make new friends.


This will be a brand new experience for me.  Those of you who know me also know that I am worse than a little kid when it comes to making jewelry.  I see something, I say “OOOO, I want to learn to make that,” then I learn it and see the next thing and “ooooo, I want to learn that!”  Once I have learned something, I give it my own little twist and its off to the next thing.  I have an ADHD brain that goes flitting from one thing to the next, which makes me a sort of Jack of all trades and master of none.   .

Black Water

Black Water

So how am I going to set myself on a path to make a “line”  and stick to it?   SIGH….I don’t know, but I believe I need that discipline so I am going into this challenge, though I have talked myself out of it twice now   Here is a bead and linked piece with one of my bronze focals.  Below that, a really simple pair of tudor style earrings.   You can see I’m all over the place.



We each had to come up with a theme for our line.  Brenda said think about what we love and what we could get excited about.   I love stories, literature, fantasy and parallel or alternate histories.  I was reading steampunk literature before it was ever called that.  And, I love to embellish stories of my own.   I love Victorian times and histories.  I also love steampunk.

As far as I could see, the world did not need another Steampunk jewelry artisan.  There are masters out there that I could not even begin to compete with!  MASTERS!

Those of you who know me also know that I like to give me reader s bit of “mood music” to listen to while they scroll.  So listen to this steampunk music.  I played this over and over while I thought about my designs.

I looked at lots of Steampunk fashion and poured over steampunk books and what did I see?   Almost NO men’s jewelry!  I’d been toying with the idea of working on men’s jewelry anyhow.  What would be different about Steampunk men’s jewelry?

These fellows wear elaborate costumes and back in the day would have been called dandies or “fops” even.   A “fop” would wear more elaborate styles of jewelry and I could still keep it simple.  *I’m not one for elaborate collage type pieces.)

What would I need for a line of “fop”.  What would Victorian/alternate history types wear?   Cufflinks, cravat pins, vestpins, kilt pins and pins for capes and maybe a “statement piece”, an elaborate necklace just for a man.

I would need leather and chain, not just little wimpy commercial chain but heavy links in brass, copper and gunmetal.  So, I began assembling some links designed to go with suede cord.  Coils are going to be prominent to go with the gears.


I needed some particular charms and findings from B’Sue Boutique so I ordered them.


I would also need a “theme”, a story if you will.  And, I TOLD you I love stories and love making up my own.

My line is called PHOPP.   PHOPP is an anagram for the Peculiar Herioc Order of Picaresque Paladins.   It’s a group formed by a philanthropic organization that would like to honor heroes of the fantasy battles written of by a plethora of authors.   The honorifics are military medals for Picaresque (which means rogueish in fiction) Paladins (leaders)…….gentlemen who have read these fantastic tales have participated in the battles through their imagination, whether they fought in the War of the Worlds or with the Kraken King.  It’s a sort of “secret” gentlemen’s club adminstered by a character of my own called Liam MacSteamish.    I am only the chosen designer.  It’s Liam who will have a FB page and his own shop which will be called  PHOPPS Emporium.  He may even end up with his own blog.  Look for Liam on Facebook.  I am his only friend poor fellow.

Liam MacSteamish

Liam MacSteamish

I’ve lots of ideas but have yet to assemble my first piece.   I’ve begun and that is what is important.  Here are some sketches and some polyclay findings I made.  IDEAS are happening!


Here is a list of the other folks in the class.  Hop around and see what they are up to!  And don’t forget to stop by B’Sue Boutiques.  Brenda is lots of fun and has a ton of  tutorials and a shop full of findings, charms and chains.


Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B’sue BoutiquesJewelry 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:  Beadsophisticate

Lynn Stinten:  Dragonzwench

Marica Zammit:  Bead Lovelies

Catherine Shattuck:  VRBrose

Michaele Collie:  The Vintage Gem

Mary Craig:  Jewelry Alchemy

Lee Koopman:  Strega Jewelry          X  You are here

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:  LOmara Creative

Elizabeth Hildreth:  MadScientistsDesigns

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:  ab:coraldesign


January 23, 2015 - Posted by | challenges, fashion, Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. What an intriguing theme. I can’t wait to see it develop!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Susan Ferrell Bowerman | January 23, 2015 | Reply

  2. Oh, yes! PHOPP with be fantastic!



    Comment by Susan ~ Killam Creative | January 23, 2015 | Reply

    • Susan, I hope so. I get excited, then I think I am crazy loco.


      Comment by stregajewellry | January 23, 2015 | Reply

  3. PHOPP *will* be fantastic… I need more coffee. 🙂


    Comment by Susan ~ Killam Creative | January 23, 2015 | Reply

    • More coffee? What, my steampunk music relaxed you too much? LOL


      Comment by stregajewellry | January 23, 2015 | Reply

  4. Smart concept. I love it.


    Comment by baccessorized | January 23, 2015 | Reply

  5. Nice job! Can’t wait to see what you make for the discriminating gentleman. 🙂 ~Elizabeth


    Comment by madscientistsdesigns | January 23, 2015 | Reply

  6. Lee, I am excited to see your work. What a great idea….and great branding! I think Liam needs a Twitter handle, too. I’m also glad to reconnect with your from our Artfire days! (I was Renee Sumner then)


    Comment by Renee Hong | January 23, 2015 | Reply

    • Oh, Hi Renee! I never even connected the dots with the name.


      Comment by stregajewellry | January 23, 2015 | Reply

  7. Great concept!! I cannot wait to see more, and soon. Love “PHOPP”!!


    Comment by Gina Hockett | January 23, 2015 | Reply

  8. Such a wonderful idea. Can’t wait to see your creations!~ Ingrid


    Comment by lilisgems | January 23, 2015 | Reply

  9. This is a very specific line concept and what makes it more interesting is that is for men, I think it’s a great idea! I really want to see how you develop this line!


    Comment by Cynthia Wainscott | January 23, 2015 | Reply

  10. Lee, you and I are two of a kind! I LOVE PHOPP and can’t wait to see what develops. Such a clever idea for a much needed area of jewelry design.


    Comment by Micheale Collie | January 23, 2015 | Reply

    • Michelle, I have the ideas but I am scared to death that I won’t do the men justice. I have NEVER done any men’s jewelry before….well…one necklace many years ago. I hope I do not fall on my face!


      Comment by stregajewellry | January 23, 2015 | Reply

  11. Yes! PHOPP is awesome and I LOVE the story behind it! I can hardly wait to see Liam’s mens line come to fruition!


    Comment by Dana | January 23, 2015 | Reply

    • Thanks Dana! Liam is getting on my case to get busier!


      Comment by stregajewellry | January 23, 2015 | Reply

  12. What a great idea Lee! Well thought out and also well researched.

    From the things that you said that you’ll be using, I think that you’re gonna rock this theme Lee. Great job!


    Comment by Marica Zammit | January 23, 2015 | Reply

    • Marica, I am really appreciating this encouragement.


      Comment by stregajewellry | January 23, 2015 | Reply

  13. Love the song! I haven’t heard it before but it so expresses all I’ve learned here in Wichita at our Steampunk Cons! Your story line is exactly the right touch. Can’t wait to see all you design.


    Comment by Teresa Schurter | January 24, 2015 | Reply

  14. This is exquisitely original and I can’t wait to see what you design.


    Comment by leilabeedesigns | January 24, 2015 | Reply

  15. Brilliant theme, Lee. Best wishes to you for a very successful line.


    Comment by parisiennegirldesign | January 24, 2015 | Reply

  16. Okay glad I didn’t go with men’s steampunk as I could never get my head working properly with the idea, so great line to run with and I wish you every success.
    PS love the video!!


    Comment by DragonzWench | January 24, 2015 | Reply

    • Girl I’m not sure I’ve got my own head around it. But, I can only learn if I try.


      Comment by stregajewellry | January 24, 2015 | Reply

  17. Woweeeee ! You are Brilliant! A vast imagination you possess and it will be grander to see the tangible creations come to life! I feel my theme is so simple and out of your league! Brava ~ Sandie B.


    Comment by Mama San | January 24, 2015 | Reply

    • OMG, do not say things like that! I loved your idea! You will make me panic! I won’t be able to live up to expectations! I am the ONLY person doing men’s jewelry and I feel the pressure! LOL


      Comment by stregajewellry | January 24, 2015 | Reply

  18. A Steampunk Sister 🙂 Clever idea! A line for men, they are definitely a demographic group that is often over-looked.


    Comment by MJ Casady Copper Works | January 24, 2015 | Reply

  19. Love this line!! Wishing you the best and looking forward to seeing more.


    Comment by apttowander | January 24, 2015 | Reply

  20. I agree, your bat necklace is worthy of Abby!


    Comment by beadsophisticate | January 24, 2015 | Reply

  21. Love the idea of punking out the polymer! It’ll be fun to see men’s jewelry with your “twist”! 🙂


    Comment by Alexandra Sefton | January 24, 2015 | Reply

  22. Wow! Alternate history sounds fantastic. Looking forward to seeing the line.


    Comment by Maria Clark | January 24, 2015 | Reply

  23. awesome idea! can’t wait ot see what you come up with


    Comment by Kat BarronMiller | January 24, 2015 | Reply

  24. OMG! Where do I start? This is brilliantl! You are brilliant! Putting the video in was brilliant! I loved it!! Creating Liam and having him be the persona on Facebook is brilliant! I’m already a fan!


    Comment by Lynda O'Mara | January 24, 2015 | Reply

    • Lynda! You ladies are scaring me! LOL I’m not brilliant, I’m just good with a tale. I hope I can design as well as I bull@$##!


      Comment by stregajewellry | January 25, 2015 | Reply

  25. I love, love, love, what you are planning for your line and can’t wait to see your creations, Lee!!


    Comment by Aurora Designs Jewelry | January 24, 2015 | Reply

  26. This is very interesting. I have learnt something from your blog post. So pleased to be with you in this journey.


    Comment by Cora | January 24, 2015 | Reply

  27. LOVE!LOVE your blog and the story behind your theme


    Comment by Cindy Peterson | January 24, 2015 | Reply

  28. I love this line!


    Comment by Melissa Lopez | January 24, 2015 | Reply

  29. “It’s amazing what a little B’Sue can do.” I love this and your story-telling style!

    Your theme is a great idea, and you are brave, men’s jewelry has always intimidated me!


    Comment by amemedesigns | January 24, 2015 | Reply

  30. Super idea, Lee …. Can’t wait to see your unique line! 😉


    Comment by Novegatti Designs | January 24, 2015 | Reply

  31. Im very intrigued, can’t wait to see the final designs!


    Comment by Leila West | January 24, 2015 | Reply

  32. Love your story and your line I love Steampunk and I do it too. I like your am eclectic in nature when it comes to design I love many things and like hopping around, so this challenge for me is going to make me concentrate on one them as well. Love your blog!


    Comment by kristy le trendy jewelry designs | January 24, 2015 | Reply

  33. Great job, great concept, fab idea….can’t wait to see the next step in our Feb 20 installation!


    Comment by Brenda Sue | January 24, 2015 | Reply

  34. Fun! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next month. 🙂


    Comment by Renee Webb Allen | January 24, 2015 | Reply

  35. I am in AWE!!! That is an Amazing and wonderful concept! Do you by any chance follow, read or play dungeons and dragons? There are Paladins in there!!! Amasing!!! Be Blessed!


    Comment by Robin Kae Reed | January 24, 2015 | Reply

    • Robin, many years ago, I used to play Dongeons and Dragons. When my boys were young, I adapted the games so they could play with me. We had HOURS of fun together. It was such a great way to get them to step out of character and be someone different. My Ben, who would fight for an underdog in a minute, became a wizard and had to use his brain instead of his fists and it was so good for him. The other boy, who was so quiet, became a fighter and broke out of his shyness. Such good memories. I had forgotten that Paladins were in D&D


      Comment by stregajewellry | January 25, 2015 | Reply

  36. I predict that Liam will have a lot friends in the not too distant future! Love your imagination and looking forward to more of your stories (and jewelry, of course).


    Comment by Nadine Edris | January 25, 2015 | Reply

    • Nadine! I Hope Liam does make some new friends, but I am sure that he will delegate more work to me, Keeping track of all of them! He’s like that, you know.


      Comment by stregajewellry | January 25, 2015 | Reply

  37. I absolutely loved reading the story behind your theme. And how nice of you to think of the menfolk. It’s a special challenge, designing for dudes. Can’t wait to see the line. And as a fellow Aries, I’ll state that I think it’s in our nature (or Nature demands it of us) to constantly be starting new things and finishing few of them. 🙂


    Comment by Tammy Adams | January 25, 2015 | Reply

    • Oh, Tammy, I think you are so right! I DO finish things……….eventually, LOL. Back when I was going to market shows, I HATED making the same style over and over and over. BUT, had to do it to sell it.


      Comment by stregajewellry | January 25, 2015 | Reply

  38. What a fun blog. Sounds like you’ll be having fun.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Autumn | January 25, 2015 | Reply

  39. LOVE Steampunk ! also loved your music- chap-hop ! We have Professor Elemental here. Look forward to seeing your line. Linzi


    Comment by Linzi Alford | January 25, 2015 | Reply

  40. Awesome idea, good luck and have fun. love your blog


    Comment by gloria allen | January 25, 2015 | Reply

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