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Watch Out for Fairies! – The final blog hop and line reveal for the Build a Line Master Challenge Class 2016!

Watch Out for Fairies!

It’s here – it’s finally here – line reveals from everyone on the blog hop!  I can hardly contain my excitement!

Without further adieu I give you – “Watch Out for Fairies”!!  I’m so excited to share this whimsical line of necklaces, brooches, watches and earrings with you!  For this class, we were only required to make five concept pieces, but I can see myself adding to this series with other pieces as well as offering several of the current pieces in color and crystal combinations for each month’s birthstone.  Furthermore, the design process took a circuitous route which gave me ideas for four other lines: “Fashion Fairies”, “Watch Fobs”, “Blooming Barrettes”, and “Floral Fantasy”.  Meanwhile, my sister wants me to omit the fairies and do a line of just watches, and my Mom cracked a joke that may just turn into a fantasy-themed Halloween line, which could be called “Hanging Around”.  Guess you’ll just have to keep coming back to see what happens next!

First, let me introduce you to “Pocket Fairy” (Necklace)!

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This endearing fairy is a mixed media, deconstructed pocket watch.  Done in painted raw brass and silver plate, she’s adorned with Swarovski crystals and pearls, and topped with a copper patina bell flower hat.  She’s finished with a fire-polished rose crystal necklace, and a lobster claw clasp.

Our next piece is Silver Leaf Fairy (Brooch)!

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This wonderful fairy has a heart for nature, and a love of shiny things.  She’s done entirely in silver plate, right down to her bell flower hat, and accented with cobalt Swarovski crystal beads.  Her watch is hung low enough to make it easy to lift and examine, but not so low as to interfere with movement.

Another new addition to the family is Garden Fairy (Necklace)!

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This fairy has fiery nature, and loves flowers!  She’s passionate, but soft and feminine as well.  She’s done in mixed metals of raw and painted brass, silver plate, and bronze plate.  Her wings are hand-painted, and she wears a coppery toned bell flower hat.  Her neck treatment and trim are genuine Japanese Cherry Beads and Swarovski Crystal Pearls.  The entire neck treatment is hand-wired, and embellished with polymer clay roses.

Our final fairies are The Fairy Twins (Earrings)!


Never separate these two darlings, as their devotion to one another is extraordinary!  Simple wirework enhances these mixed metal earrings of rusty black, brass and chocolate brass.

The Scarab Watch

There is one more piece in this collection of fairies and watches, and it’s the Scarab Watch.  Originally intended to include a fairy centerpiece, the construction made the watch so tall that it would have been impossible to wear without hitting it.  Still, it’s a beautiful piece, and although not strictly part of the line, I wanted to showcase anyways.









This watch brings together everything that’s dark and light, married with elegance into an Egyptian theme.  The scarab body and wings are raw brass, unadorned except for Paradise Shine Swarovski crystals.  The watch body is silver plate, and connected to the scarab wings with short lengths of gunmetal plated brass rolo chain.  Three lengths of rolo chain surround the wrist and are adorned with black filigree connectors, and a silver-plated and Swarovski crystal magnetic ball closure.

I’m honored to be able to show you these pieces today.  Coming up, I’ll be doing a postmortem of the B’Sue Boutiques Build a Line Challenge.  I’ll be discussing my evolution, both as a jewelry artist and a fine artist, and I’ll be talking about three different work styles I’ve identified during my struggles with the class.  I’ll also be showcasing each piece individually, and discussing the unique challenges that each presented.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the B’Sue Boutiques Build a Line Challenge Master Class blog hop!  I’m grateful to Brenda Sue Landsdowne for putting this class together.  I’ve learned so much in such a short time, and I’m looking forward to putting all the information into practice.

Keep your eyes peeled here, as the future will be filled with Product Spotlights, Component Reviews, Fashion Discussions and even an Art History Corner!  I can’t wait to show you all what I have planned!

As always, please read through to the other blogs on the hop.  It helps to boost our search engine ratings, and my friends have all worked so hard to bring you beautiful things!  Thanks for being with me on a wonderful ride – till next time!


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


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


Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments



Fall Goddess Necklace Featured in B’Sue Boutiques Newsletter

B’Sue Boutique’s newsletter came out today, and guess what?  The Tangles, Twists and Treasures Fall Goddess necklace was featured!  I even got a personal shout-out and I was SO proud!  What a terrific experience!

The Colors of Fall Jewelry Challenge, B’Sue Boutiques Creative Group

Fall Goddess Necklace

A Tangles, Twists and Treasures exclusive signature piece. Crocheted wire and bead necklace with a hand-cast/hand-painted resin cameo focal.  Materials: Wood, glass, brass, resin, alcohol ink, acrylic paint, glaze and non-toxic glue.  $175.
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