Blog Hop #2 for the BALC Master Class

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Hi Everyone,

Welcome to Blog Hop #2 for the BALC Master Class, hosted by B’Sues Boutique. The owner and my mentor,  Brenda Sue Lansdowne, whom has graciously given so much of her time and is teaching me as well as a group of 35 wonderful ladies how to Build a Line of jewelry that is cohesive, that can be reproduced in a limited edition, and what will sell.  If you’re new to my blog, please feel free to look back at previous posts and you can read all about our first blog for this class, which was in the end of January. We each discussed what we had learned so far and we revealed what our theme would be for our lines.

Cameo Theme--1

In case you haven’t figured it out, my theme is Cameos.  At first I wasn’t exactly thrilled to have cameos as my theme, but the more I have researched them, and started buying supplies for my line, I started to see just how much I could do with a simple cameo.

Just these two above, show how different they can be. The first one of the couple is an unsigned brooch and the second is an Avon Cameo, both of which I personally own.

There are so many options,  vintage cameos with gorgeous hand painted pictures, to more modern cameos with decals depicting the same glorious scenes from old or entirely new . Today’s resin cameos have limitless possibilities and you can see from my pictures that I have options upon options: flowers, animals, people, fairies, unicorns, just to name a few. Here’s a few of my started pieces.

Over this past month we discussed making a line of jewelry versus just making One Of A Kinds  (OOAK). We also had to ask ourselves where we wanted our jewelry making to go? Did we want to be a hobbyist, just making things we like and to give to family and friends as gifts; Or did we want to be Makers, selling our designs in an Etsy store, or on Amazon, or have a booth at craft shows or in an Antiques/Craft Mall. Lastly, did we want to go for that big brass ring and become production designers, where we could sell our pieces to big stores whom would pay a wholesale price and then sell our pieces for retail prices. Possibly becoming known for our brand, having clothing designers asking us to make jewelry that would go with their line.  At this point, I’m not really sure what I want. I know I love making jewelry, and especially being able to add paint and make it mine. So with those closing thoughts, I will leave you with one more picture and the list of links for all of the other ladies in this class, so you can please “hop” to see theirs too.  Thank you.

painted and not


Here is the hopping list!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Diana Buynak Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio


Irene Hoffman, Heart’s Dezire by Irene


Clare Wells Nemeth, Creative Magick


Mary Reckmeyer, Afrayed Not


Marcia Tuzzolino, Aurora Designs


Elizabeth Wilks, Wearable Art by Lizzie


Jeanette Rose Belmont, One Canvas At A Time


Lyn Joy Reeve, A Journey From Jewels To Jubilation


Belinda Reed-Ingle, Vogue Rocks


Beth Trubman, The Journey of Jewelry


Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate


Jann Tague, Clever Designs by Jann


Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs


Susan Bolton, Fern’s Place


Chris Kemp, Noodle Pie Bracelets


Barbara Kelley, Angels’ Keep


Susan Bowerman, Woodside Wireworks


Pamela Anger, Novegatti Designs


Joan Donovan, Hailey’s Cottage


Alison Huie, Ally’s Baubles


Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden


Erica Olmos, Beeb’s Closet


Erin Whitacre, Shattered Time Jewelry


Fran Sitton, Sitton Up Front


Ginger Hammond, Lynn Leigh Designs


Paula Gaskill, Lovely LaylaBug Jewels


Mary Deis, The Rose Sword


Renee Webb Allen, Small Stuff Design


Valerie Tilghman, ArtJewelsandGifts


Chris Cravens, Vintage Cravens


Leslie Carver, Adorn Divine Designs


Donna Parry, JewelryDonna


Gina-Marie Hammer, Tangles, Twists and Treasures


Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments



26 thoughts on “Blog Hop #2 for the BALC Master Class

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  2. Lovely blog post Shari! I tried to leave a comment last night but it did not show up. I really like cameos as well and can’t wait to see you use them in your finished pieces.


  3. I love that you picked cameos. They are so pretty and so many different types of jewelry can be created from them. Thank you for your post it is very informative and has allot of great pictures.


  4. Great blog Shari! I love your work that you’ve shown so far. You are growing and getting better VERY fast! It is a joy to see. I love that golden cameo piece, and the hand paited cameo is awesomely done. Congrats!


  5. Oh my, Shari!! What an exquisite job you did painting that cameo!! It was a little hard to see the details in the smaller photos, but the last one showed such beautiful details. Good job! Keep on enjoying your makering, whatever you decide to do! :*


  6. The cameos look wonderful! LOVE the kitty with the fur!!! I could see you having a line of painted cameos just as they are…or maybe create them to be part of a Themed Ornament line for Christmas.:)


  7. The cameos look great. And you chose a great thing because cameos are always a great seller. People have always loved them. So if you co-ordinate your colors and keep taking good photos, and pull it all together, you will definitely have a viable line. Keep hard at it…you are very determined. Amp up your self-confidence, and you can! because you have learned so much already. If you want to make money selling your jewelry, it will happen if you keep at it and make it WORK.

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  8. What a beautiful job hand-painting those cameos! These pieces are going to be gorgeous when you’re done – makes me wish I had a time machine so I could go forward and see them NOW. I can hardly wait! I, too, wonder where I fit in the Hobbyist, Maker, Designer continuum. I wonder if it’s acceptable to “ride the line” between Maker and Designer, or if that limits us as artists?


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