I’m Marcia Tuzzolino owner, designer, and creator of Aurora Designs Jewelry. I am one of 56 members of B’sue Boutiques Creative Group on Facebook, who is participating in the Build a Line Challenge sponsored by that group. Our mentor and master class instructor is Brenda Sue Lansdowne, who is the owner of https://www.bsueboutiques.com, a jewelry supply company. I am very new to blogging and this is my very first Blog Hop. This is Part One, of three. I will share a bit about myself and my background, photos of my designs, past and present, and tell you here in Part One, why I chose to participate in this Build a Line Challenge master class. The Challenge runs from January, 2015, through March, 2015, and there will be two more Blog Hops; Part Two, February 20, and Part Three-Final Reveal, March 20, when we will reveal our completed Line. We will talk about our journeys and processes as we create our cohesive lines of jewelry (a minimum of five pieces).
I began making jewelry in 2007 at my local bead shop and started my business, Aurora Designs Jewelry, in 2009. I have a passion for creating a variety of jewelry, and am now able to do it full time since I retired three years ago. I have taken many, many, classes in a variety of media, including beading, wire work, soldering, polymer clay and assemblage. I quickly learned that I have a knack for designing and creating beautiful jewelry using beads, paints, inks, and other materials to alter the color and look of my pieces. From there, I moved to teaching a few classes of my original designs in beading and wire work.
About two and a half years ago, I joined the B’sue Boutiques Creative Group on Facebook, at the invitation of one of my friends, and was introduced to the world of mixed media and vintage jewelry and assemblage. B’sue Boutiques is owned by Brenda Sue Lansdowne, and she teaches free video classes on YouTube. After ordering some of her high quality, made in the USA, brass components, I watched her video on making assemblage necklaces. I promptly sat down and made two assemblage necklaces (photos below); one, a Steampunk (I didn’t even know what that was), “Take Time to Smell the Roses”, and a statement period piece, “Going to the Ball”.
The rest, as they say, “is history”. I am continuing to grow in my business and creativity, became a member of Brenda’s Design Team (found on her website, https://www.bsueboutiques.com), and decided to participate in the Build a Line Challenge.
Have you guessed what I’m doing for my Line? Yep, it’s TULIP BEADS!! I love tulips! They are my favorite flowers and there are over three thousand varieties!! So, I have four different designs I am going to make for my Line. You may not recognize them as a standard looking tulip when I am finished, but they will all be made with the TULIP BEADS in different sizes and finishes from https://www.bsueboutiques.com. I am manipulating them into different shapes, stacking them, coloring them, and fastening them together, then adding a few other things for variety. Easily reproduced and changed up quickly for variety…I won’t have three thousand varieties like the tulips in nature, though! Can you imagine? Here is a little peek at what I have done so far for Aurora Designs Jewelry‘s Line of Tulips.
These can be made into necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, and brooches. I will have at least five pieces in my Line with a color scheme of blues, reds, yellows, and metallic. Accent colors will be secondary to the primary colors, and include tangerine, purple, green, and cream. And, any of you who know me, know that I must have some bling in there somewhere!
I will be blogging about my journey through this Design a Line Challenge, as I build my Line. I will be very appreciative if you will leave comments, follow my blog, reblog, like, tweet, and share my blog with your friends and families. Thank you for visiting and I look forward to showing you more in our Part Two Blog Hop on February 20.
The BLOG HOP starts HERE: Please take a look at the blogs of these wonderfully talented jewelry artisans, and like them, share them, comment on them. I know they will all be very happy that you did!
Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Apt To Wander Studio
Mary Katherine Deis
Jennifer Merrill Williams
Denise Lussier Poirier