The choices we make


The first choice I made for the 2016 Build a Line Challenge was my theme-Cowgirl Chic.  On an occasional day when I gotta, I clean up good, but do you see anything cowboy here?  Not so much.  Chic, absolutely, but I am inclined towards flowers and pearls and pretty things.


I do love horses, like this young stallion which we recently “discovered” on a hiking day at the Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area.  He is a true descendant of the wild horses (American Mustangs) of the Pryor Mountains, which is adjacent to the Recreation Area  I have spent plenty of time around horses-we used to have 3 of them when we lived in the city, but I was never a “cowgirl” and I didn’t ride western, so this theme has been a challenge for me, and then some!


In the series of classes (modules) between our first blog hop and now, we covered several different topics.  One of those was design influence and another was “artistic generosity” which in my case go hand in hand.  My designs for this line are directly influenced by a new facet of handcrafted artisan goods I want to provide for my customers-artistic generosity suggests that I make more western designs instead of just the pretty things I prefer; that I take into account my customer demographics and allow them to experience my creations in a whole new way.  As you can see from the collection of components against a 1930’s era cowboy themed fabric, above, I had a LOT of options.


My first idea was an epic “FAIL”.  It looks like a hot mess to me and will NOT be a part of my line.  Our class discussed different types of jewelry folk-hobbyists who make things because they enjoy the challenge but typically don’t sell their goods or have no need to sell them.  We examined makers who create jewelry for the purpose of supplementing their income or hoping to earn their whole living with their creations, and production designers who create extensive lines, either to wholesale directly to other companies as finished goods, or for other companies to reproduce in a manufacturing setting.  I tend to be a production-oriented jewelry maker, but I prefer to incorporate vintage items into my designs, just as I do with my other types of handcrafted work.  As a result, I anticipate that I will have various limited edition lines-just a few items that match and some that may coordinate, but never dozens and dozens of identical projects.


Here is a foundation piece for my current line of Cowgirl Chic theme.  I couldn’t possibly add all those pieces shown in the previous picture without going crazy, so I narrowed my components down to just a few.  Though this piece features new components, it will join some upcycled pieces, and you will see the finished line at our next blog hop.  All those other pieces will become different but related limited edition lines throughout the summer.

I do hope you have enjoyed my blog today, and I encourage yo to visit and comment on the blogs of my classmates.  Each of us has a different theme, and the blogs are fun, diverse. and very interesting.


Brenda Sue Lansdowne, Jewelry Making Outside the Box
Diana Buynak, Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio
Irene Hoffman, Heart’s Dezire by Irene
Claire 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