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Build a Line Challenge: Progress at Last


nevergiveup

 

Last week, my son posted this on his Facebook page.  I read it and thought how true it was.   He has had so much to struggle with these past years and I am so proud of him and the adversity he has overcome.  I commented on his post, and as I did, I thought……  he learned this from me.

I really needed that, to be put on notice that I should stand by what I taught my children.   I was ready to throw in the towel, to give up on BSue Boutique’s Build a Line Challenge  and resign myself to the fact that I was and always would be a hobbyist, a creator of fun things, one of a kind pieces,  and too scatterbrained to build a cohesive “line” of jewelry.

I had watched a video that Brenda posted to help us out.   In the video, she built the beginnings of a line in a few hours.   I had been struggling for much longer and had far less done.   What was different about me? I mean, what was different other than the fact that she has years of experience and knowledge?  Well, for one thing, Brenda knows every item she has.   I have things scattered all over the place and needed to sit down with a whole table full of different things and play around.   For another, she began with a big beautiful statement piece and took smaller components from that to create other pieces.  This was not exactly something I could do because I had chosen to build a men’s line and most men are not going to buy one of those big necklaces.

For a week after I watched the video I panicked!  I read the posts in class but refrained from commenting.  What exactly could I say?   ARGGHHH!   I can’t do this!   I’m too scatterbrained!  I can get great ideas but can’t follow through!   ARGHHHH.   What business do I have, at 70 years old, trying to fit into a culture like Steampunk?   ARGHHHH   I am the Charlie Brown of the B’Sue Build a Line Challenge!   ARRGHHHH!

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charlie

 

Here’s where I was at when I watched that video.    I had discovered one thing about men’s jewelry.  SIZE MATTERS!!!!  Stop the snickering ladies and don’t go there!   Men have broader chests and somehow, I think their torsos are longer.   The links I usually make for my chains weren’t working.  They looked too frou frou.  I had torn apart my original links and switched to heavier gauge wire, like 16 instead of 20.  That worked well.   Men also need longer necklaces.   Steamers often wear cravats and vests and even greatcoats and I had to get my focals below the cravat line.   I found that a lot of the things I had ordered for links would not work with my links.

 

from Steampunk Emporium

from Steampunk Emporium

Here is another thing about men of “esteam”.   They do not go to Comic Con every week so the big piece or even the cufflinks or tie tac might not get worn a lot.   I needed something they could also wear for the regular life.  I also realized that this “line” was set to appeal to a smaller subculture.  I needed pieces that would appeal to other men.  Jewelry for men is a smaller subculture all by itself and now I was truly limiting myself.  What the heck do I use that will appeal to men in the mainstream culture at the same time?

Most are not big fans of flowers and glitzy gaud in their jewelry (unless they are a banger or rapper) and most do not go for lime greens and pinks so I wanted to stick with mostly the basics, antique gold, copper and silver with maybe some dark green, black and blue.

AND last:  Most men, given a choice would prefer a sleek convertible to s comfy station wagon.

With these thoughts in mind, I made some decisions.

   Number one:   All of my pieces would be convertibles.   Each chain will come apart and become either two necklaces or a necklace and a bracelet.   One of the necklaces would be more ornate.   The other could be worn with jeans and a tee or with an open neck shirt so that whoever bought them could get more use out of them which should encourage the expenditure of the more significant amount.  Another reason for doing this:  the plainer one would go behind the collar and actually be more comfortable to wear than a chain of all large links.

Number two:  All of my focals would be of mixed metals using all 3 (antique gold, copper and silver) so that any focal could go with any chain.

With these things in mind, I began to work on themes.   Here is what I have come up with.

These are my chains.   The links look like springs and vacuum tubes and in some cases, are gears.   There is one of each metal so far.   I am thinking of combining gunmetal and gold for another basic chain but that is not a given.

antique brass links

antique brass links

copper links

copper links

 

The first lower end items I made came from Brenda’s video on Beerings.    I turned the beer caps into key chain fobs.  My grandson loves to test outlandish beers so he hooked me up with some weird beer caps.  My personal favorite is the Arrogant Bastard beer cap (the black one).   His is the 3 Floyds (with the pink and green).   I added a spring/sprocket link and a clasp so they can be hooked to a key ring   OR…………to one of my chains.   Josh loves his, by the way.   What’s great about these is that someone could custom order one in their favorite beer as long as they mailed me two caps (one in case I mess up) and were willing to wait until I received the caps and made the piece.

beer cap key fobs

beer cap key fobs

 

The first “theme” type things I made used those big pearls from B’Sue Boutiques.  I love them!   I used one in the chain for the bracelet on the gold chain, made a cravat stickpin with another and two for cufflinks.   There is a set now.   You could start with any or all of them.   I had this old vintage brass and mother of pearl button and paired it with a dark jade donut focal for the chain.   I’m setting a precedent here.  All my stone focals will be one of a kind.  A man will not went to see his own focal all over comic con.   Men do have some sense of style after all.   This also allows me some freedom of expression of my own which I really need.  I cannot simply turn out piece after piece that is all the same.

pearls theme

pearls theme

 

I needed a “theme” for the copper and that’s where those cute little steampunkish hats come in.   Notice I used all 3 metals in this one.   This particular focal can be repeated over and over.  The cravat pin and cufflinks will also remain the same.  For a slight extra fee, I can make the focal badkground in different colors of patinaed copper.

basic copper chain

basic copper chain

copper seaparated

copper seaparated

hats focal

hats focal

 

hats set

hats set

 

The “silver” set is not actual silver but tinned copper, which is silver colored copper wire, much more economical and never tarnishes. I used a stone focal for the photos but, of course, that is detachable and any of the focals can be purchased for this set.  I also used some beads in this one.  I think I’ll stick with hematite  beads, a silvery black that is so beautiful.

basic silver set

basic silver set

silver set separated

silver set separated

The plain silver chain, for everyday wear is so simple, but any small charm can be added, a key, a simple gear, a small arrowhead, endless possibilites to express in everday life that you have steamy associations.

 

Where is the assemblage you are asking?   We’ve been busting our butts, painting, gluing and putting things together.   What the heck are YOU doing over there Lee?  Brenda is giving me a sideways look and thinking,……ummm…..Lee, this is supposed to be the B’Sue Build a Line, not Lee’s original chain and stone line.  I want to see more of my product out there.

I’m getting to it.  I’ve had starts and stops and abandoned my original idea and started another so I know I do not have as much done as the rest of you.  BUT, I”m getting there.

Here are some of the focals I’ve worked on this far.   Some are very simple to go with the plainer necklaces.  Some are not.   More are in the works.  Every focal comes with a clasp and can be detached.  A guy could have a whole wardrobe of focals if he wanted!  You go guys!

bugs and leaves

bugs and leaves

Purple Heart medal

Purple Heart medal

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simple key

simple key

 

I’ve been a wire wrapper for a long time and have plenty of spare wrapped stones.   I’m thinking these wrapped stones would look great with the chains and while they might not be exactly steamy, they are manly.   I have this idea of gluing some of the little charms to them, as you can seen with the  white calcite and the little dragonfly charm.   I’m thinking that I can make up a few with a bug or a dragonfly or bird or key or more on them, then I could offer a selection of the charms and a person could choose which one he wanted on his stone (here I could add some color to match the stone also).

Ohio flint

Ohio flint

arrowhead

arrowhead

stones with charms

stones with charms

 

I have three more themes that I am working on right now, one uses bugs and will be lots of fun if it works out the way I plan.   One uses clocks.   I actually have the focal done but cannot show it yet because it’s getting published in an e-zine that comes out in March and I can’t use it in any blog or facebook page until after that.   I can only say it’s called Frozen in Time.   The cufflinks and cravat pin are not ready yet.  The last one uses those little propellers from B’Sue and while the focal should be fine, I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how in the world I can use them for the cufflinks.   I believe they will catch on the jacket cuff and get ruined.   I need some biplanes!  Brenda!!!!!!  Any other ideas?

Anyhow, I’m having fun, lots of fun and am so glad I did not give up on this.  And, I’ve even gotten a reward of sorts already.  My son, Justin, is very sparing with praise.  I had him try on some of the pieces so I could judge if my size estimates were correct.  He actually said “these are actually pretty cool, mom”.    Even if my line never takes off and I sell nothing, I have learned so much from all of you and I am glad I did not throw in the towel.

Why not hop around and see what the rest of the gals in the challenge have made?   Here’s a list for 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: 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

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February 20, 2015 - Posted by | challenges, fashion, Jewelry, steampunk | , , , , , ,

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  1. Lee, I think you pieces are really amazing. I would wear them! I think your line is equally suitable for men or women. You’ve got some cool stuff going on here. So glad you stayed in the game. Loved it!

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    Comment by Susan Ferrell Bowerman | February 20, 2015 | Reply

    • Susan, I am so glad you said that. My daughter is my biggest critic and she told me the same thing. Hmmmmm.

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      Comment by stregajewellry | February 20, 2015 | Reply

  2. Damn, woman….we must have been separated at birth!! You’re line ” I cannot simply turn out piece after piece that is all the same.” certainly strikes a chord for me. Please do see my blog as I’ve posted similar thoughts!! LOVE this line and so glad you stuck with it!!

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    Comment by apttowander | February 20, 2015 | Reply

    • I’ll be at your blog soon my soul sistah! You and I and Wendy, of Paisley Lizard have had a struggle with this I know for sure. I am certain there are others also. We should form a club! LOL, but we would be too busy wandering off on strange paths to come to meetings! LOL. I, too, am glad I stuck with it. The part about creating “sameness” almost drove me out of the running. Sticking to the plan has led me in such new directions!

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      Comment by stregajewellry | February 20, 2015 | Reply

  3. Wow, Lee. You’ve bowled me over with these pieces! I’m so glad you stuck with it.

    Cheers,
    Susan

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    Comment by Susan ~ Killam Creative | February 20, 2015 | Reply

  4. So cool! Lots of guys and girls will love these!

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    Comment by Erin Whitacre | February 20, 2015 | Reply

  5. Such fantastic pieces. The links are amazing and I think the jewelry is quite versatile for men and women! ~Ingrid

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    Comment by lilisgems | February 20, 2015 | Reply

    • Thank you Ingrid. I’ve had inquiries so far from two different ladies, wanting to know about separate parts of the necklaces.

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      Comment by stregajewellry | February 20, 2015 | Reply

    • Thanks Ingrid.

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      Comment by stregajewellry | February 20, 2015 | Reply

  6. You talk down on yourself but you really should be proud. You chose a very challenging and unique target, and in my opinion have really nailed it. Though I would call it more unisex than men’s specifically I could imagine many men I know enjoying your jewelry as well as women too.

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    Comment by Jeanette B | February 20, 2015 | Reply

    • LOL, my talking down is done late at night when I can’t sleep and have had no fresh ideas that day. All my insecurities come creeping out from under my pillow.

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      Comment by stregajewellry | February 20, 2015 | Reply

  7. I love the pearl focal! My son isn’t into steam punk but he would definitely wear that. Wonderful ideas!

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    Comment by Dana | February 20, 2015 | Reply

    • Thank you Dana. The fumiest thing: when I first got those pearls in the mail, I though, CRAP, these are too big, what the heck am I going to do with them? And they have turned out to be my almost favorite thing. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Comment by stregajewellry | February 20, 2015 | Reply

  8. Lee, your designs are awesome! I’d wear them, and I think you’ve created a unique niche in the jewelry market. You are not the Charlie Brown of the group, trust me…I’ve felt that way too, and I’m so glad you stuck it out.

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    Comment by Micheale Collie | February 20, 2015 | Reply

    • Micheal, once I got going, I think I felt a little bit like Snoopy……doing my own thing and be damned, LOL and lots less like Charlie Brown. thanks Micheale!

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      Comment by stregajewellry | February 20, 2015 | Reply

  9. Lee your designs are awesome and I love your stories! Thanks so much for posting such a wonderful blog with beautiful pictures! Thanks for reading mine as well!

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    Comment by nikebottalico | February 20, 2015 | Reply

  10. Wow!!!!!! Your son is right. Your jewelry is cool!

    And my what unique designs you’ve created. Loved reading all about your revelations and aha moments. It really shows that you’ve given this a LOT of thought. Love it!

    A very interesting and might I add entertaining read too 🙂

    Bravo Lee! I have a good feeling about your line. I think you’re going to do well with this because not a lot of designers cater for men and your jewelry is A.W.E.S.O.M.E!

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    Comment by Marica Zammit | February 20, 2015 | Reply

    • Marica, thank you so much! This is such a “first” for me in more ways than one. I place a high value on the friends who have sustained and supported me here in this group. You are definitely one whose opinion I value. You have much talent and savvy.

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      Comment by stregajewellry | February 20, 2015 | Reply

  11. I think you are really coming up with some wonderful designs for men. I love that you are really considering how to make it easy for them to get a lot of use out of your jewelry. It makes your line much more appealing, I think, that they have choices even withing a single piece. ❤

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    Comment by baccessorized | February 20, 2015 | Reply

  12. My favorite part of your jewelry line
    is your intriguing chains that you made.They are quite intriguing and very different and unique. I think your theme alone is challenging designing for men is something that I have no clue. But as someone said it could be for men or women very easily

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    Comment by howlingdogjewelrycapdap1838 | February 20, 2015 | Reply

  13. Designing for men is challenging. Love the steampunk designs you’ve created. Looking forward to more.

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    Comment by sweetwillowdesigns | February 20, 2015 | Reply

  14. Lee, you knocked it out of the park! Thunderous applause for creating spectacular jewelry for men. Your links are perfect for steamers! Your thoughts in this blog struck a chord with me, so glad you stuck it out! Keep it going!!

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    Comment by Chi | February 20, 2015 | Reply

    • Wow, thank you SO much! I still had doubts even after I really liked what I had done and blogged about it. I see SO much steamy jewelry on Pinterest and most of it has scads of gears and all. I wanted something different and I think I got it. thank you.

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      Comment by stregajewellry | February 20, 2015 | Reply

  15. Wow sister you are doing great! Even though you are making it for men I think women would wear it too.

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    Comment by Melida | February 20, 2015 | Reply

    • Melida, that seems to be the consensus. Even my daughter is lusting after some of the pieces. I think I have a unisex line with a bit of cosplay. Thanks so much for the encouragement.

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      Comment by stregajewellry | February 21, 2015 | Reply

  16. First of all, thanks for sharing your story. I’m glad you didn’t toss in the proverbial towel. Secondly, what an inspiration you are! You’re branching out into areas most of us fear to go. Designing for MEN! Now that takes Courage and Lady you’ve got it. You’re doing great. I love your pieces and I think you’ve really got a niche, here. I can’t wait to see your final reveal!!

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    Comment by leilabeedesigns | February 20, 2015 | Reply

  17. Lee, this is simply amazing. I LOVE your stuff here…it is so well thought out, from being comfortable to wear, to customized, to stylish! It’s going to be a smash!

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    Comment by Renee Hong | February 20, 2015 | Reply

  18. wow, men’s convertable jewelry with a steampunk vibe, that is hitting it out of the park! good job

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    Comment by Kat BM | February 21, 2015 | Reply

  19. Oh Momma, I LOVE the stones with the bug charms!!! 🙂

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    Comment by Dawn | February 21, 2015 | Reply

    • Somehow, I knew you would! Get that husband of yours on the BALL, Ball……….LOL

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      Comment by stregajewellry | February 21, 2015 | Reply

  20. You’ve put so much thought and research into your line, it is absolutely awesome! I love how you’ve incorporated your wire wrap work, nice touch! I know it’s a men’s line, but I would wear some of those pieces 🙂 Your line is going to be a BIG hit!!!

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    Comment by MJ Casady Copper Works | February 21, 2015 | Reply

  21. I think you have a winner! If you remind me I can post the finished pieces in some of the Steampunk forums. I love those links, by the way. I have that book too. 🙂 ~Elizabeth

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    Comment by madscientistsdesigns | February 21, 2015 | Reply

    • Elizabeth, that book is a godsend! I love making my own chain. I can have as much chain as I want and the style that I want. I would love some feedback from actual people who are into the cosplay culture. it’s actually a whole different “brain think”, and subculture. Your feedback is important to me. Just because I love that mindset and the dress and the literature does not mean I know what I am doing. Thank you.

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      Comment by stregajewellry | February 21, 2015 | Reply

  22. Awesome blog post and I love your steampunk designs too, your doing a fabulous job on your line.

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    Comment by kristy le trendy jewelry designs | February 21, 2015 | Reply

  23. Lee, I think you’ve got a fantastic start on your Men’s line. Very nice blog.

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    Comment by Aurora Designs Jewelry | February 21, 2015 | Reply

  24. Love the owl and winged heart on Brenda’s blackish piece–and how you’re incorporating the bugs and dragonflies. Very, very elegant and desirable jewelry!!! 🙂

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    Comment by Alexandra Sefton | February 21, 2015 | Reply

  25. And I wish I could wire-wrap like you do = GORGEOUS!! 🙂

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    Comment by Alexandra Sefton | February 21, 2015 | Reply

  26. Great job!

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    Comment by Autumn | February 21, 2015 | Reply

  27. I think the men and the women are going to be elbowing each other out of the way to get to your booth.

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    Comment by beadsophisticate | February 21, 2015 | Reply

  28. What a great line for men. Really like the chains and wire wrapping. Very cool.

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    Comment by Janet Calardo | February 21, 2015 | Reply

  29. Lee, you have a wonderful line going there, and some really great ideas for men’s jewelry! I’m really looking forward to seeing all of your pieces. 😉

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    Comment by Novegatti Designs | February 22, 2015 | Reply

  30. You’re doing fine. I am really worried how many npeople are struggling but Inthink it goes to stuck mindset and a refusal to look beyond one of a kind. I’m glad you refused to hide behind that door and kept kicking at it! And…..no I don’t know every piece I have nor have I made something specific out of every little thing I carry, it’s not a piece of cake every time. Did you notice I currently have no line? Aha! Why is that? Because after I am done w this class I’m going to go bang my head a little too! But the playing field is pretty equal here. You used some of my things and you’ll discover I have plenty more that will work. Please remember the challenge is about YOU, not me. And I’m glad you did not quit, quitting is pointless. You have some truly excellent ideas…pursue them and see what happens. Your son is right. Pretty cool, Lee.

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    Comment by Brenda Sue | February 22, 2015 | Reply

    • Thanks Brenda. You are absolutely right. The challenge is about growing and getting out of a certain mindset and I’m never too old to change. You may not know everything you have, but it sure looks that way when you are doing a video. LOL I keep discovering more of your pieces that I can use. One thing I wasn’t sure I would like and I LOVED for cufflinks were those Victorian buttons. I forgot to take a picture of them, darn it. Well, they will be in the next hop. I got some other stuff this last order and know I can use it. I think I get lost in the looking and see other stuff I want then forget what I am looking for. You have given us so much information and its a lot to process but PROCESS is a key word in growth. I’ve copied my notes and know I will keep going back to them. This opportunity is MUCH appreciated!

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      Comment by stregajewellry | February 22, 2015 | Reply

  31. Very cool! Love the chains and those neat horse heads! Great ideas!

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    Comment by bajunajewelry | February 22, 2015 | Reply

  32. Love what you’ve achieved.

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    Comment by DragonzWench | February 22, 2015 | Reply

  33. You have expressed exactly what I was thinking, doing & feeling for days before Brenda’s video came out & especially afterwards. The designs you’ve come up w/ are sure to be loved by the steamers. I’ve never seen anything like them at the shows down here, so that makes them unique, which is always a plus to a group of individualists. Using the square wire was a perfect choice. You’ve surely made up for lost time, you’re a fast worker when the lights finally click on up there in the gray cells!

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    Comment by Teresa Schurter | February 22, 2015 | Reply

    • Thanks Teresa, when I like what I am doing, I love right along and I am good at wire for sure. My big problem is getting bored but so far I see no way to be bored with this line. I know the usual steamy stuff has lots of gears and certain “buzzes” like owls and octopus and such b but I wanted more of a Victorian flair and think I am onto it. Thanks so much.

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      Comment by stregajewellry | February 22, 2015 | Reply

  34. WowWowWOW! These are simply awesome. What you’re doing with the B’sue pieces is fabulous and your chains are spectacular. The convertible approach you’ve taken to your designs is brilliant as well.

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    Comment by Tammy Adams | February 22, 2015 | Reply

    • Thanks Tammhy. Last week I got the new issue of Stringing Magazine and low and behold, half the issue was convertibles! I guess it is a trend and I am right on top of it. It just made sense at the time and now I love doing it.

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      Comment by stregajewellry | February 22, 2015 | Reply

  35. Very creative work! I bet your line will be very successful. Goo job!

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    Comment by Mitzie Crider | February 22, 2015 | Reply

  36. Lee upon our first hop, I had written a list of folks in our challenge; so that I could check off their name when I finished. Next to your name I made a note and it read: Awesome imagination…………… you do have one Awesome imagination. And your details and thought process are amazing! Don’t think of your age – it’s just a number created by man. BRAVA!!!!!

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    Comment by Sandie Ballard | February 22, 2015 | Reply

    • Sandra, thank you so much! Sometimes my imagination gets the best of me, LOL and I imagine more than I can get to. But this is such great fun and I have had such positive feedback I am happy to be doing it. Most of the time my age does not matter to me at all BUT I have my “old lady” days when my back acts up.

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      Comment by stregajewellry | February 22, 2015 | Reply

  37. Lee, I can only echo what others have already said. I’m so glad that you’ve hung in and have worked with your vision to make this incredible art. Imaginative, interesting and so well done! Definitely got the WOW factor going here!
    I’ve also had my doubts along this journey. I’ve felt a bit like a fish out of water~no assemblage, no poly, no resin. Just me and my beads, wire and filigree, and sometimes some paint………I’m just trying to stay open to the possibilities and see where it all takes me. I have to say that I love the camaraderie and inspiration of the group. And oh yes, I am making some jewelry that I really like. Win, win, win!
    Nadine

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    Comment by Nadine Edris | February 23, 2015 | Reply

    • Nadine, I’m glad to read others stories of the struggle. With all the photos being posted of assemblage and painting e little pieces, I did feel out of my element. From what you said, you probably had some of the same thoughts. We are learning a lot and opening doors in our minds and doing it together! That is the beautiful part!

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      Comment by stregajewellry | February 24, 2015 | Reply

  38. hang on in there you are doing great- you have no shortage of ideas to choose to develop and the Steampunk one is great – even aimed at unisex not just fellas. Looking forward to seeing where you go from here, it’s a steep learning curve and you are near the top now- keep podding along & you will get there!

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    Comment by Linzi Alford | February 23, 2015 | Reply

    • Linzi, thanks. I’m at full steam now. I know there is a lot of unisex steampunk out there but I want to be different and I think I got it. Still learning and experimenting.

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      Comment by stregajewellry | February 24, 2015 | Reply

  39. Lee you are officially the Queen of creativity!!! Like OMG on the chess horse in your jewelry like my cousin would go crazy if he saw that piece!!!!!!!!! Like wow wee you are amazing. I am thrilled about your line and goodness great day I can not wait to see more!!!! ~ Louise

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    Comment by Louise | February 24, 2015 | Reply

    • Louise, you make me laugh out loud! The queen indeed. I admit I did have a brainstorm. Hey, how crazy would your cousin get for real? (How much money does he have? LOL I’m just kidding) Seriously, I’m thinking those will be a real hit also. I’ going to do some more with them for sure.

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      Comment by stregajewellry | February 24, 2015 | Reply

  40. I am soooo glad you did not quit!!! You have an amazing line going and I know several men that would wear this type of jewelry!!! I love it!!! Have a Blessed Day!!!

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

  41. Very well thought out line, Lee! Kudos to ya! ~ Catherine S.

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    Comment by Catherine | February 25, 2015 | Reply

  42. Wow, wow and wow. You have created some Amazing pieces for the hardest theme. congratulations.

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    Comment by gloria allen | February 25, 2015 | Reply

  43. Lee–I’m so glad you stuck with it! I thought your theme was brilliant when I first read about it in our first blog. You’ve really put a lot of thought into it and discovering what works and what doesn’t which is very different for men, as you’ve pointed out. You’re doing great and putting together a cohesive line that I think will sell outside of your initial niche.

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    Comment by Lynda O'Mara | February 26, 2015 | Reply

  44. Great post! I’m so glad you stuck it out until you found your plan – great job!

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    Comment by amemedesigns | February 27, 2015 | Reply

  45. What an interesting concept for a line, a men’s line it’s hard but you are
    Doing a great job! I really enjoyed reading your blog I will come back to check the final designs on the 3rd hop 😉

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    Comment by Cynthia Wainscott | March 13, 2015 | Reply

    • thanks, Cynthia. I really had a rough time figuring it all out. But now that I’ve got it going, I love doing it.

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      Comment by stregajewellry | March 20, 2015 | Reply


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