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AURORA DESIGNS JEWELRY “CHANGE IT UP” BLOG HOP sponsored by B’SUE BOUTIQUES

Hi!  Welcome back to my Aurora Designs Jewelry’s blog post!  It’s been a while…no excuses for the long absence, just didn’t do it.  BUT, Brenda Lansdowne from http://www.bsueboutiques.com, challenged us again, and who can resist that cute face when she issues a challenge!  So, here I am participating in the “Change It Up” Blog Hop.  We were tasked to choose one of the pieces in the photo below, from http://www.bsueboutiques.com, and make it into something unrecognizable from the original piece. I want to share my journey and my processes through a pictorial journal.  Please follow along with me on my journey to my finished piece and see how I “Changed It Up”.

These are the four pieces from www.bsueboutiques.com from which we had to choose.

These are the four pieces from http://www.bsueboutiques.com from which we had to choose.

This is the piece I selected to use for my

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

This is how I started to

This is how I started to “change it up”. I separated each necktie and cut off the small tabs that connected them.

Added some texture to each piece for added interest

I added some texture to each piece with my texturing hammer,  for cool interest.  I wanted it to show well after I colored the pieces.

Soldering station set up and ready for some soldering the pieces

Soldering station set up and ready to solder some of the pieces.  I hadn’t soldered in quite a while, so I just went with what I remembered from the class I took a long time ago.

Needed to do a bit of bending and forming to get the shape I want

Needed to do a bit of bending and forming to get the shape I want with a bracelet bending pliers, my husband’s vise, and some brute strength.

Picked some focal pieces and added some color with alcohol inks

Picked some B’sue focal pieces from my stash and added some color with alcohol inks.  Can you see where I’m going yet?

Cold connected the focal pieces with a screw, washer, and nut, and realized it looked a lot like a red and black cabachon from B'sue

Cold connected the focal pieces with a screw, washer, and nut, and realized it looked similar to a red and black cabachon from B’sue’s supply website.

Anyone who knows me, knows I always need to have some BLING!

Anyone who knows ME, knows I always need to have some BLING!  Do you recognize these red pieces?

I decided it needed a touch of PearlEx powder here and there.

I decided it needed a touch of PearlEx powder here and there.  I glued the pearl into the center and put some red Perfect Pearls on it, then sealed the whole thing.  Wasn’t crazy about the red pearl, so…I “changed it up”.  You’ll see it in the final photo.

After painting and sealing the sides, it was time to connect the focal to them. Some gluing and clamping works for that.

After painting and sealing the sides, it was time to connect the focal to the the sides. Some gluing and clamping works for that.  Now it sets for twenty-four hours.

After waiting for twenty four hours for the glue to set, I took the clamps off and when I was making an adjustment to one of the sides, it came off!!  I was not worried.  I just decided to cold connect the cuff sides to the center focal.  Took it apart and started cold connecting.  When I finished that process, I repainted the whole thing, and sealed it.  Now I present to you, my Change It Up, Vintage Flair Gothic Cuff.

Matte black and Glossy red with a black pearl center and rhinestone cup chain accent. Pearl Ex powder on the focal swirled edges and the outside flower petals.

Matte black and Glossy red with a black pearl center and rhinestone cup chain accent. Pearl Ex powder on the focal swirled edges and the outside flower petals.

Here is the side view of the finished cuff.

Here is the side view of the finished cuff.

Here I am modeling the finished cuff on my wrist.

Here I am modeling the finished cuff on my wrist.

Before I started my Challenge piece, I decided that I would not start another new piece until I had cleaned up EVERY half finished piece at all three stations on my large kitchen table, so away I went, working five to six hours a day, non stop.  I was inspired by my friend Jann Tague of Clever Designs, when she was here for a play date a couple weeks ago (we played with resin that day, and I made a bunch of cabachons in my mold), and she started digging (literally), through my stuff on the table.  She kindly sorted out a bunch of things for me, and point blank told me to “git ‘er done!”  So I began working on all the things on my table.  Many only needed chains/neck treatment to be finished.  (I have a hard time with that sometimes.)   Then, I posted them on our B’sue Boutiques Creative Group Page last Friday and Saturday for FUF (Finished Up Friday).  It felt SOOOOOO good to have finished about half of what was on my work table.  Here are photos of some of the finished pieces and my Work Table photo for this past Wednesday’s WTW (Work Table Wednesday).  Once I finish what is on there, I will have fewer than ten pieces left to finish.  Then, I can start my FALL Themed pieces!

Pretty Black and Gold medium assemblage with vintage rosary chain.

Pretty Black and Gold medium assemblage with vintage rosary chain.

Large blue polymer clay flower with a Swarovski rivoli center, and brass ox book chain.

Large blue polymer clay flower with a Swarovski rivoli center, and brass ox book chain.

This altered piece had been on my work table for over a year. Rhinestone chain accent and book chain finished it.

This altered piece had been on my work table for over a year. Rhinestone chain accent and book chain finished it.

I beaded the focal pieces and couched them onto altered pieces from b'sueboutiques, and added some chain to complete the cuff.

I beaded the focal pieces and couched them onto altered pieces from b’sueboutiques, and added some chain to complete the cuff.

Here is a preview of one of my fall themed pieces, a beautiful rusty orange sunflower necklace.

Here is a preview of one of my fall themed pieces, a beautiful rusty orange sunflower necklace.

One of the resin cabachons that I colored with Perfect Pearls and Mica Chips, them made into a pretty brooch.

One of the resin cabachons that I colored with Perfect Pearls and Mica Chips, them made into a pretty brooch.

Iced Enamel and Ice Resin small heart earrings with a crystal accent, and bow lever backs ear wires.

Iced Enamel and Ice Resin small heart earrings with a crystal accent, and bow lever backs ear wires.

This is what I have left to finish on my work table. I will have them finished by the end of next week. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, now. WOOHOO!!

This is what I have left to finish on my work table. I will have them finished by the end of next week. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, now. WOOHOO!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my blog post and following along in my process for “CHANGING IT UP”, and seeing some of my creations.  I love working in mixed media and love being in such a loving, supportive, encouraging group of people. Brenda Sue Landsdowne is an awesome mentor, and she has the absolute BEST supplies and perks on her website, http://www.bsueboutiques.com.  I hope you’ll check out her site and while you’re there, be sure to click on the Design Team page and read about my journey.  Thanks for reading, and I will be ever so appreciative if you will leave a kind comment and share and like my blog post.

I leave you with this thought.

I leave you with this thought.

The list of participants is below and they all have made some amazing creations.  To join the Hop, just click on the next name’s url below mine, and away you go.  Please leave them a kind comment, too.  I know they’ll appreciate it!!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne

Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Mary Deis

The Rose Sword

http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com/

Jann Tague

Clever Designs

https://janntague.wordpress.com/

Lori Beekman

B.Accessorized

https://baccessorized.wordpress.com/

Renee Hong

Fine and Dandy Jewelry

http://www.fineanddandyjewelry.blogspot.com/

Cynthia Wainscott

Exotic Peru Jewelry

http://exoticperujewelry.blogspot.com/

Dana Hickey

Magpie Approved

http://magpieapproved.blogspot.com/

Mary Beth Quigley-Spiker

Q Settings

https://qsettings.wordpress.com/

Karen Eaton

KJewelry Creations

http://kjewelrycreations1.blogspot.com/

Shari Gardner

SLG Jewelry Designs

https://slgdesigns.wordpress.com/

Alison Huie

Ally’s Baubles

http://allysbaubles.blogspot.com/

Pamela Anger

Novegatti Designs

http://www.novegattidesigns.blogspot.com/

Carole Carlson

Beadsophisticate

https://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com/

Cindy Peterson

Howling Dog Jewelry

https://howlingdogjewelry.wordpress.com/

Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs

https://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me/

Charlotte Smothers

Sea Horse Ranch Life

http://seahorseranch.blogspot.com/

Catherine Shattuck

Victorian Rose Boutique

https://vrbrose.wordpress.com/

Clare Wells Nemeth

Papercrafting Magic

http://papercraftingmagic.blogspot.com/

Erin Whitacre

Shattered Time

https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com/

Lynda O’Mara

Lomara Creative

http://www.lomaracreative.com/

Ginger Hammond

Lynn Leigh Designs

https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com/

Ingrid Anderson

Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry

https://lilisgems.wordpress.com/

Deb Beechy

Beetique

http://www.beetique56.blogspot.com

Harry Wood

Oscar Crow

http://oscarcrow.blogspot.com/

Delyssa Maxwell

Past Time Fancies

https://pasttimefancies.wordpress.com/

Paula Gaskill

Lovely Layla Bugs

http://lovelylaylabugjewels.weebly.com/blog

Irene Hoffman

Heart’s Dezire by Irene

https://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com/

Alexandra Sefton

Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

http://wilywolverine.blogspot.com/

Leslie Carver

Adorn Divine Designs

http://adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com/

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

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IN MY FREE TIME…

I am so pleased to say that I have been accepted into the BUILD A LINE CHALLENGE sponsored by Brenda Sue Lansdowne of http://www.bsueboutiques.  There were sixty (60), spots available, and I am happy to say, as of this posting, that all but four (4), have been filled!!  Tomorrow is the deadline for entry, so hop on board if you are a member of the BBCG, and have a blog already.  Just email Brenda at bsue1441@aol.com, and let her know your idea in three paragraphs or less.

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I have already begun doing some layout work from my sketches, and am happy with what I am seeing so far.  I can’t show you anything until we have our first blog hop on January 23, which will be the first reveal for everyone who is participating.  It’s going to be VERY exciting to see what everyone has chosen, and I am really looking forward to it.  It will be my FIRST EVER blog hop, so a new experience, also.  Which is one of the biggest reasons I chose to participate in this challenge.  I love learning and challenging myself to get the heck out of my comfort zone.  Do something new, learn something new, keep my mind and hands busy… it’s all good, any way you look at it.

I plan to be kept pretty busy with the BALC, (we are a little like the federal government in this group… we make an acronym out of all the different names we have for things in the group!), but “in my free time” or when I just need a break, we are still having our regular monthly challenges, in which I am going to participate.  For January and February, we are going to take a piece of jewelry that has not sold or that we really don’t like, and rework it into an updated piece.  I have my pieces all picked out already.  Here are the “BEFORE” photos:

MARCIASTABLET - Tulip Bead Necklace, altered, with danglesMARCIASTABLET - Orange and Yellow TulipsMARCIASTABLET - Tulip Bead shoulder duster Earrings, altered

 

 

 

 

 

I will post the “AFTER” photos when I have finished reworking the pieces.  That’s it for now.

Have a great week.  Talk to you soon, and please watch for my post on January 23 when I show you what I am doing for my BUILD A LINE CHALLENGE.

 

P.S.  I love tulips!  They are my favorite flower!!

I’M READY… are YOU??

 

Name:  check

Blog Name:  check

Blog URL:  check

-My Idea for the BUILD a LINE DESIGN CHALLENGE:  check

-Explanation of IDEA and REASON for choosing it (3 paragraphs or less):  check

-Write an email (draft) to submit to bsue1441@aol.com on Jan. 812, 2015:  check

Supplies ordered and received from www.bsueboutiques.com:  check

Sketches and color scheme done:  check

-Receiving Approval from FREE, MASTER CLASS, DESIGNER and MENTOR, BRENDA SUE LANSDOWNE:

Will be PRICELESS!!

 

I’m READYare YOU?

Polymer Clay Embroidery on Silverware Silver Bridal Necklace

Polymer Clay Embroidery on Silverware Silver Bridal Necklace

 

Thanksgiving Week

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I hope you’re all blessed to be spending it with family and friends. It is my favorite holiday in addition to Christmas. We’re going to my son’s house in Blue Jay (Lake Arrowhead), CA, and he and my granddaughter, who is 10, help me cook. Last year I began doing most of my part of the cooking a day or two before, so I can spend more quality time with my family. My daughter-in-law always sets the most beautiful table for us, and my husband, well, he just likes to do the eating!

As we are waiting for the turkey to roast, I am going to introduce my family to working with polymer clay.  For my granddaughter’s birthday this past September, I commissioned a polymer clay artist that I met at last year’s polymer workshop (sponsored by http://www.bsueboutiques.com’s owner, Brenda Sue Lansdowne), Katie Oskin, to make a dozen pens (because my granddaughter loves to write…more about that in a different post), in a soccer theme with my granddaughter’s team colors and her uniform number, 6.  Katie did an outstanding custom job on the pens, adding small soccer ball charms on the end of each pen, and with a bit of scrap clay she had left, she made one of her signature swirl pendants with the #6 on it, into a necklace for my granddaughter.  Needless to say, my granddaughter LOVED the pens and the pendant necklace.

Amelie, (my granddaughter), told me that she went to Katie’s website to “check out her other creations”, and found a photo of the pens she made for us, with a very nice comment about them being a custom order that she will never duplicate because it was so special.  Amelie really got a kick out of that!  I had asked Amelie a while ago if she would like to have a play date with me to learn how to make things with polymer clay.  She is very creative and artistic, so I was pretty confident she would say “yes”.  She is very busy with her fifth grade school work and soccer, so we decided that Thanksgiving day would be a good day to play with clay.  She said she wants to make a soccer ball, so that will be our first project.  I’ll let you know how we did and will post photos of us creating and our finished pieces.  It’s going to be LOTS of FUN!!

I am a member of a Facebook private group called B’sue Boutiques Creative Group for jewelry artists/designers, begun in 2012 by Brenda Sue Lansdowne, and am also a member of her Design Team.  After the polymer workshop with world renowned polymer artist and author, Chris Friesen, as our instructor, she and Brenda collaborated to create another private group on Facebook, called Bohemian Vibe.  We use polymer clay and some things from Brenda’s supply website, http://www.bsueboutiques.com, (quality, nickel and lead free, stampings, findings, etc., for creating jewelry, all made in the good old USA), to create a Bohemian style piece of jewelry.  We would love to have you come over and check out the website and join our group if you like to make jewelry or polymer clay pieces of any kind.

I invite you to take a look at some more of the pieces I have posted of my creations with this blog post.

MARCIASTABLET - Silverware Silver and Crystal assemblage Statement Necklace.  Bridal and Formal MARCIASTABLET - Etched, altered Necklace with topaz and faceted Czech rondelle accents MARCIASTABLET - Red and Silver Assemblage Statement Necklace MARCIASTABLET - Cuff, front view MARCIASTABLET - Cuff, hand formed, and altered assembly MARCIASTABLET - Winter Assemblage Necklace in Aqua and Silver and satin matte goldWishing you all safe travels and a thankful and joyful, Happy Thanksgiving from Aurora Designs!!