Friday, January 23, 2015

Build a Line Challenge from B'sue Boutiques Janet Calardo Jan Lea Designs Part One

A collection of polymer and metal collage necklaces.

My name is Janet Calardo of  Jan Lea Designs and I love to make jewelry. I have been dabbling with all different kinds of jewelry components off and on for at least 15 years. As the years went by it seemed that the jewelry I wanted to create had a lot more going on than just a simple beaded bracelet.

Bracelets I made from polymer clay beads, Swarovski  & sterling silver, ceramic, and gemstones. 

My big design altering discovery was a shop called B'sue Boutiques, It was with the beautiful metal stampings and unique jewelry components that I started to develop a new way of designing jewelry.In the past I had used all different types of beads including polymer clay, but in creating my designs today polymer takes on a completely different look with metal components.
Polymer and metal stamping large statement necklace with cuff and matching earrings
Just a small part of my collection of B'sue Boutique metal stampings.

My new design line, Simply Floral, will start with a collage necklace including metal and polymer clay components. It will be smaller than some I have made in the past for those that like the collage look but want  a smaller size. It will be a little more simple in design but still have an interesting effect with a different look and colors for each season. I love matching jewelry so the line will eventually include earrings and bracelets to compliment the necklaces.Here is the start of the new line with the components that will be used.They will get some bling, Perfect Pearls highlights, finished with chain with a few beads to match the flowers.

I hope you will stay tuned and follow my blog for part two and three of this creative journey and to see my new line of jewelry that will be completely unveiled March 20, 2015.

Please check out the blogs of the other wonderful creative artists on our first Build a Line Challenge Blog Hop traveling on this journey with me. 

Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Marcia Tuzzolino
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

Lynn Stinten

Marica Zammit
Bead Lovelies 

Catherine Shattuck

Micheale 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
Howling Dog Jewelry

Leila Belcher
Leila Bee Designs

Gloria Allen
Wings and Beads 

Pamela Anger
Novegatti Designs 

Tammy Adams
Paisley Lizard 

Lynda O'Mara
Once Upon a Line 

Elizabeth Hildreth
Mad Scientists Designs 

Dana Hickey
Wind Dancer Studios 

Janet Calardo
Jan Lea Designs 

Maria Clark
Sweet Willow Design 

Lori Beekman

Jennifer Kroeger
Relic Charm 

Amy Jorgensen
Hoarder's Corner 

Robin Reed
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
Objects and Oddities 

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 Schurter
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:coral design 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Getting organized!

Another year older ( not liking January birthdays) and I am ready to get organized.  Wow the busy holidays left my worktable a wreck. Guess I better say that I made it a wreck.....all those bits and pieces that never seem to find their way back to the original containers. How many containers of odds and ends do you have? I have quite a lot. This is a peek and I will post hopefully when cleaned up!

 I have been looking at all the wonderful posts my artistic friends have made and knowing I need to get my act together and clear that worktable.  The Build A Line Challenge application date is the 8th and I have to be ready.  I have a plan and hope that it will be accepted for the challenge. More on this one stay tuned.

Also in the works is the January Bohemian Vibe Challenge by Christi Friesen. It is Secret Gardens theme. What a great idea and better yet I have my idea for that excited.

Thanks for stopping by to see what I am up to!