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AURORA DESIGNS JEWELRY: BALC 2016, FIRST BLOG HOP, sponsored by B’sue Boutiques

 

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This photo was taken by my cousin’s husband, Dan Henning.  They are gorgeous pink and white tulips…my favorite flower in one of my favorite colors, pink!  These were in their garden last year, and he was kind enough to let me share the photo, here.

 

B'Sue Boutiques Build A Line Master Challeng Class 2016

I’m baaaaccckkkkk!  Yep, I’m doing the Build a Line Challenge 2016, sponsored by Brenda Sue Lansdowne of http://www.bsueboutiques.com, fame.  I decided I wanted to learn more about how to grow my business, Aurora Designs Jewelry, and this is the best place to do that, for me.  I am honored to be in the class with 36 others, some of whom are also alumni, and some newbies, and even our leader, Brenda Sue is creating a new line this year.  I’m very excited to see what she will do, as she had a very successful line of her own several years ago.

So, please enjoy reading and hopping along as we begin our journey here.

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Part one of my Bloomin’ Tulips Grand Parure in reds and antique silver

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A collage of different Bloomin’ Tulips’ designs

These are collages, (we practiced making lots of collages for class this year).  I created a line called “Bloomin’ Tulips” last year, and made the collage of the red tulips, and another one of a variety of designs from the line.  I just love those Tulip Beads, small and large, that B’sue carries on her site!  Creating a collage is a great way to showcase several pieces of your jewelry at once, and it’s how many people who sell on Etsy showcase their jewelry. You can do closeups of a specific part of your pieces so the customer can see the details.  I am still creating new designs for my Bloomin’ Tulips line; for example, this great bracelet/cuff in a vintage style.

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Vintage Style matte black and satin matte gold cuff/bracelet with Swarovski crystal center

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I made these large sunflower pendant necklaces last fall.  I did my custom coloring on them, and I think they turned out pretty great, don’t you?  My fave is the double one in blue/green/gold.  I added coordinating little spectra bead dangles with a flower bead cap on each one.  They are about 32 inches long, so they didn’t need a clasp…you can just slip them over your head.  I still have them in inventory, if you’re interested.  You can find me on Facebook.

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Here I am modeling the finished cuff on my wrist.

I made this cuff last September for the “Change it UP Challenge”, sponsored by B’sue Boutiques.  We were challenged to use a stamping in a totally different and unrecognizable way to create a whole new piece.  This is what I started with:

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This is the piece I selected to use for my “Change It Up, Vintage Flair” Blog Hop

Can you find it in my cuff?  I used four of these necktie stampings from http://www.bsueboutiques.com!!  Pretty cool, huh?

I heard through the grapevine that brooches were back, so I created a few using resin cabachons that I made and custom colored.  Then, I set them in bezels from B’sue, and embellished them a little bit.  I made most of them convertible, meaning they can be worn as a brooch or add some chain and wear them as a necklace…your choice.  You can see a several in the photo below.

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and a couple resin cabachon rings

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and a few resin cabachon pendant necklaces

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I did a little beading with my “Makering Buddies”, Jann and Renie, and attached the beaded pieces to a B’sue stamping

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And I created a few leaf bracelets with a little flower and leaf accent

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Which brings me to the REVEAL of my new line for this year’s Build a Line Challenge…….

“FALLIN’ LEAVES”

by Aurora Designs Jewelry

Here are some of the components that will be in my designs.

MARCIASTABLET - Fallin' Leaves Reveal Collage BALC 2016

I haven’t completed anything yet, but wanted to give you all a little teaser for the second Blog Hop, where I will be revealing at least ONE finished piece.  So stay tuned, for February 26, 2016.  I’ll be looking forward to seeing you again.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my first blog post.  I am ever so appreciative if you’ll leave a word or two in the comment box below the list of my classmates.

Here is a quote that keeps me going when my creative muse can’t be found for a bit, and I think it can apply to so many situations in life.  Don’t give up…Keep going!

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I know all my classmates would love for you to click on their links below, and read and comment on their posts, too.  Enjoy the HOP!!  See you in February!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box

http://www.bsueboutiques.typepad.com

Diana Buynak Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio

http://butterflyemporium.indiemade.com/blog

Irene Hoffman, Heart’s Dezire by Irene

http://www.heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com

Clare Wells Nemeth, Creative Magick

http://www.craftingmagick.blogspot.com

Mary Reckmeyer, Afrayed Not

http://www.afrayedknot.net

Marcia Tuzzolino, Aurora Designs

http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me

Elizabeth Wilks, Wearable Art by Lizzie

http://wearableartbylizzie.blogspot.com

Jeanette Rose Belmont, One Canvas At A Time

http://www.onecanvasatatime.com

Lyn Joy Reeve, A Journey From Jewels To Jubilation

http://lnreeve00.blogspot.com

Belinda Reed-Ingle, Vogue Rocks

http://voguerocks.blogspot.com

Beth Trubman, The Journey of Jewelry

http://thejourneyofjewelry.blogspot.com

Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate

http://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com

Jann Tague, Clever Designs by Jann

http://janntague.wordpress.com

Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs

http://slgdesigns.wordpress.com

Susan Bolton, Fern’s Place

http://www.fernsplace.org

Chris Kemp, Noodle Pie Bracelets

http://noodlepiebracelets.com

Barbara Kelley, Angels’ Keep

http://angelskeepbandbdotcom.wordpress.com

Susan Bowerman, Woodside Wireworks

http://woodsidewireworks.com/

Pamela Anger, Novegatti Designs

http://novegattidesigns.blogspot.com

Joan Donovan, Hailey’s Cottage

http://haileyscottage.com/

Alison Huie, Ally’s Baubles

http://www.allysbaubles.blogspot.com

Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden

http://www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com

Erica Olmos, Beeb’s Closet

https://beebscloset.wordpress.com

Erin Whitacre, Shattered Time Jewelry

https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com

Fran Sitton, Sitton Up Front

https://sittonupfront.wordpress.com

Ginger Hammond, Lynn Leigh Designs

https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com

Paula Gaskill, Lovely LaylaBug Jewels

http://www.lovelylaylabugjewels.com/Blog.php

Mary Deis, The Rose Sword

http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com

Renee Webb Allen, Small Stuff Design

http://smallstuffdesign.com

Valerie Tilghman, ArtJewelsandGifts

http://www.artjewelzdimensions.blogspot.com

Chris Cravens, Vintage Cravens

http://christinecravens.blogspot.com

Leslie Carver, Adorn Divine Designs

http://www.adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com

Donna Parry, JewelryDonna

http://jewelrydonna.typepad.com

Gina-Marie Hammer, Tangles, Twists and Treasures

http://tanglestwistsandtreasures.com/blog/

Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments

https://wingedwisdomenchantments.wordpress.com/

PART THREE BLOG HOP: AURORA DESIGNS JEWELRY, BUILD A LINE CHALLENGE sponsored by B’SUE BOUTIQUES’ BRENDA SUE LANSDOWNE

That's Me!

That’s Me!

My favorite flower

My favorite flower

This is our sponsor's supply website where I buy the majority of my supplies for my line.

This is our sponsor’s supply website where I buy the majority of my supplies for my line.

Bloomin' Tulips Collage

A sampling of the Bloomin’ Tulips Pendants designed by Marcia Tuzzolino of Aurora Designs Jewelry

 

TA DA!!!

TA DA!!!

I want to thank our teacher/mentor, Brenda Sue Lansdowne, of http://www.bsueboutiques.com, jewelry supply company.  I also wish to say to every member, that this has been a wonderfully inspiring journey with all of you, and I appreciate all of your support and encouragement during the process.  We’ve had the privilege of being the first class for the Build a Line Challenge, and no one can ever take that away from us.  I will not go into everything we learned in this challenge in this post, but will in a future post.

Here we are at the finish line for the Build a Line Challenge.  I am proud that I made it to the end, and have a complete line to share with you.  I was inspired by my Grandmas’ gardens, and my favorite flower, the tulip, and my love of color.  My basic components are large and small tulip beads in a variety of finishes, that I have manipulated and colored, in most instances, so they look like a different flower.  I named my line “Bloomin’ Tulips” by Aurora Designs Jewelry.

So without further ado, please enjoy your walk through my Bloomin’ Tulips garden,

Some of my inspirations

Beautiful tulips in Holland

from seedling/bulb to fully blooming in a variety of designs, and from lowest priced to highest on my pyramid of price ranges ($18-$225).  I don’t plan to elaborate much on my photos, but will let them speak for themselves. 

 

Earrings to match small pendants

Earrings to match small pendants

 

Small Pendants with ball chain

Small Pendants with ball chain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural finish earrings with Spectra beads and Swarovski crystals

Natural finish earrings with Spectra beads and Swarovski crystals

 

Brass ox small pendant on ball chain

Brass ox small pendant on ball chain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earrings to match large pendants

Earrings to match large pendants

 

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Large bead pendants

Large bead pendants

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Ombre tulip bead rings

Ombre tulip bead rings

Brooches, one convertible to a pendant

Brooches, one convertible to a pendant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A neutral Pendant and small assemblage necklacde

A neutral colored Pendant and small assemblage necklaces

Small assemblage necklaces

Small assemblage necklaces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large open bead center pendants

Large open bead center pendants

Large open center bead pendant with earrings

Large open center bead pendant with earrings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Etched blank with large open center focal and matching earrings

Etched blank with large open center focal and matching earrings

 

 

 

Stacked Cuff with Tulip Focal

I made this cuff a while ago, and saw that it already has the tulip beads shown as part of my line. It fit right in!

Orange red medium assemblage necklace

Orange red medium assemblage necklace

 

 

 

 

 

Three drop tulip beads with chain dangles

Three drop tulip beads with chain dangles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Convertible necklace and bracelet

Convertible necklace and bracelet

 

Convertible necklace and bracelet with matching earrings

Convertible necklace and bracelet with matching earrings

 

Part one of my Grand Parure in reds and antique silver

Part one of my Grand Parure in reds and antique silver

 

 

Part two of my Grand Parure in reds and antique silver

Part two of my Grand Parure in reds and antique silver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are works in progress that need necklaces, and some unfinished earrings

These are works in progress that need necklaces, and some unfinished earrings

 

I have one more piece to show you, but I want to give a shout out to Lesley McIver of Glitz Art Glass from New Zealand.  All those pretty small beads on the necklaces are from her.  I love her beads for use in my creations and they make very cute, easy peasy earrings and work so well with bits and pieces from http://www.bsueboutiques.com, too.  They come in wonderful colors that match and compliment my custom colors on my tulip beads.  So, thanks, Lesley!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed meandering through my tulip garden.  I have my last, top of the line piece, to show you, then it would be wonderful if you will hop on over to the next group member below to see what awesome creations they have to show you!  We all appreciate a kind comment and likes and shares, if you’re so inclined.  Thanks for visiting.

 

Beautiful peach and sage green assemblage with three pair of matching earrings.  This piece is at the top of my pyramid.  It's called "Point, Counterpoint".

Beautiful peach and sage green assemblage with three pair of matching earrings. This piece is at the top of my pyramid. It’s called “Point, Counterpoint”.

 

You can start hopping here.  Have fun!!

 

 

Brenda Sue Lansdowne

Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Marcia Tuzzolino  This is where you are in the hop

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

Erin Whitacre

Shattered Time Jewelry

Monica Casady

MJCasady Copper Works

Leila West

Leila Nicole Designs

Cindy Peterson

https://howlingdogjewelry.wordpress.com/

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

http://www.parisiennegirldesign.wordpress.com

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

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PART ONE: BUILD A LINE CHALLENGE from B’SUE BOUTIQUES; MARCIA TUZZOLINO OF AURORA DESIGNS JEWELRY

 

Yellow Tulip Varieties

Yellow Tulip Varieties

 

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).

That's Me!

That’s Me!

Purple Tulip Variety

Purple Tulip Variety

 

 

 

 

Bridal Necklace St. Petersburg stitch

Bridal Necklace St. Petersburg stitch

 

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”.

 

Take Time to Smell the Roses

Take Time to Smell the Roses

Going to the Ball Period Piece

Going to the Ball Period Piece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Components for the Challenge

Components for the Challenge

My Sketch Pad

My Sketch Pad

My Work Table

My Work Table

 

More Coloring opened Tulip Beads

More Coloring opened Tulip Beads

Pencil Sketches

Pencil Sketches

Design #1 orange red tulip beads

Design #1 orange red tulip beads

Coloring the opened Tulip Beads

Coloring the opened Tulip Beads

Some Swarovski Bling

Some Swarovski Bling

 

 

More components for additional designs

More components for additional designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Design #1 Colored Tulip Beads

Design #1 Colored Tulip Beads

Design #1 Colored Tulip Beads

Design #1 Colored Tulip Beads

Purple Tulip given to me by my friend, Jann

Purple Tulip given to me by my friend, Jann

 

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.

MY LINKS:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/auroradesigns

WordPress:  https://www.auroradesignsjewelryblog.me

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/MarciaTuzzolino

 

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!

HAPPY HOPPING!!

 

Brenda Sue Lansdowne

Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs

Jann Tague

Clever Designs by Jann

Judy King
Apt To Wander Studio
https://apttowander.wordpress.com/

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

Erin Whitacre

Shattered Time Jewelry

Monica Casady

MJCasady Copper Works

Leila West

Leila Nicole Designs

Cindy Peterson

https://howlingdogjewelry.wordpress.com/

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