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 


  1. Nice post, Janet! Your floral idea is lovely ... and it looks like we think a lot alike! ;)

  2. Looking forward to seeing your pieces completed!

  3. I can't wait to stroll through your garden, Janet. Looking forward to seeing your pieces bloom with color!

    1. Thanks Susan. Appreciate you leaving a comment.

  4. I am looking forward to seeing more!

  5. I'm already a fan of yours .. what a great theme & I'm looking forward to our journey together .. Jann

    1. Thanks Jann. So glad to be doing this challenge.

  6. Your polymer clay work is exquisite. Love those first necklaces you shared.

    Looking forward to seeing more in the next blog hop :-)

    Bead Lovelies

    1. Thanks Marica! Love doing these necklaces. Love your designs as well.

  7. I love your polymer clay and metal flower designs. Looking forward to seeing this new line.

  8. Oh wow, my jaw dropped at the three piece set. I can't wait to see where you go with this new line!


  9. really interesting start, can't wait to see what comes next, should be lovely and colorful.

  10. Love your polymer pieces. Looking forward to your new creations.~ Ingrid

  11. love your work! glad to be on this journey together and cannot wait to see more work!

    1. Thanks Nike. I am so glad too to take this journey with so many from the group.

  12. Flora and Fauna! Love Garden pieces!

  13. I love the florals and usually make them myself. I call them my Flower Garden necklaces! Can't wait to see how you simplify.

    1. Thanks Leila. I am going to have to work on the Bohemian Vibe challenge from Christi next.

  14. Lovely line, Janet. Looking forward to seeing more Simply Floral from ypur creative genius. Cheers!

  15. Love your polymer clay pieces. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the florals.

  16. Simply Floral, looking for to seeing more of "Simply Floral"

  17. What perfect choices to bring us into the spring season. Simply Floral is just what's missing in the dreary days of a January freeze.

  18. It's official--I'm going to be in love with your line! I love the bright colors you showed but in the previous pieces--the collage page, I loved that rusty copper and deep blue, and the silver grey with the red or coppery--there's just something I can't describe about your style that I love. What a super idea to make smaller, slightly simpler pieces because you're right--not everyone wants big things. Way to rock our world! Wish I could use your polymer roses in things I make--but I guess I'll have to learn some day to make my own. :)

    1. Thanks Alexandra for the kind comments. I really appreciate them. I use some molds that I made and cutters to make this little easier and to be consistent if this would be mass produced(in my dreams). The polymer roses are really very easy. There are a lot of tutorials on YouTube and some in print. Best way to find them look at my Pinterest boards under polymer ( I have loads of boards)and you could find tutorials or just Google it. Well worth making them in any color you can think of.

  19. Lots of great color in your pieces. And your line sounds like it will be just lovely!

  20. Simply Floral...great theme title and I can't wait to see what comes off your table!

  21. Can't wait to see your designs Janet. Love the theme and the colors here are wonderful! Be Blessed

  22. Janet, what great name for your line, I very much enjoy your work and you have great skills for polymer clay too! I can't wait to see your line.

    1. Thanks so much Cynthia. I appreciate your kind words.

  23. Gorgeous work, beautiful, that orange necklace with the poly clay is a photo I come back to again and again. You truly have a gift. It will be interesting to see what you can do to make a line and perhaps attempt to do things in the lower price ranges as well. THAT will be a challenge for many, since they pour so much into their work. I love your jewelry!

    1. Thank you so much Brenda. I appreciate your kind words more than you could ever know. Getting ready for the challenge and the blog were extremely challenging since I am spending all my time caring for my mom. I brought almost all the needed supplies to my moms to get it done. It was so important to me not to let myself or anyone else down on this journey. Thanks for all that you do for us to allow us to succeed.

  24. Sweet and simply beautiful, Janet! I do love that turquoise and coral necklace every time I see it! I love seeing how your work has progressed from the simple bracelets to the complex collages!

  25. Fantastic theme for your line, I can't wait to see the finished line.

  26. It sounds like it's going to be pretty. Can't wait to see some finished pieces. :-) ~Elizabeth

  27. Thank you for showing what you have done--your work is just beautiful! I know that the floral theme is right up your alley, and my expectations are that it will be beautiful as always. Gina H

  28. Janet, the polymer and brass is stunning. I'm looking forward to seeing how your line emerges.

  29. Cute blog ;-) Can't wait to see your finished work!

  30. Since you are an amazing accomplished artist, and I have never been disappointed in any of your pieces, can't wait to see what you create.

  31. Great theme! It seems you and I followed similar jewelry-making arcs, starting simple and then wanting to do more than stringing.

    1. Thanks Amy. I noticed that on a few blog journeys.

  32. Wow wow wow Janet your artwork is priceless! I am in happy awe of your talented gifts for sure!!! I love your blog the colors and words are just beautiful. I am doing the happy dance in advance to honor your final reveal of more!! ~Warm Regards Louise

    1. Thank you so much Louise. I appreciate your kind thoughts. Loved your blog as well.

  33. Love your concept and jewelry Janet, great blog as well, and here's to happy creating my friend.

    1. Thanks you Kristy. Love that we are on the same journey.

  34. From a fellow floral collage fanatic....LOVE your design concept and that you are going a bit smaller. I will take notes!!!

    1. Thank you Judy. I will have to say your designs are my favorite ones that I have seen in our group.

  35. Your polymer clay flowers are so beautiful. I haven't done anything with my four packs of polymer clay yet. Going to learn a lot from you. Look forward to your complete collection.

  36. Loving the Simply floral idea. Look forward to seeing what you come up with for your line. Linzi

  37. Jan--Great idea for you to combine polymer and brass. Your previous designs are great! You're so talented. Looking forward to seeing your new line!