All jewelry makers aspire to grow and learn....and be able to make beautiful jewelry like the piece in the photo above, which was made by Kimberlee Turner, a/k/a Dr. Brassy Steamington. The beautiful silver focal is Silverware Silverplated Brass from B'sue Boutiques
Brassy, along with seven other artisan designers I highly admire, have consented to be the 'multitude of counselors' I need to help brainstorm products and designs that will help beginning to intermediate jewelry makers be all they can be. The B'sue Boutiques Design Team has been in the works for some time! And we saved it til the first of the year to roll out, and share with you.
My designer friends are:
Brassy Steamington (Kimberlee Turner) https://www.etsy.com/shop/DrBrassysSteampunk Kimberlee is a world-class steampunk artist and personna who is well known in that community. She is a gifted jewelry maker who has a deep appreciation for vintage jewelry and its value, and has been making jewelry for almost 30 years.
Here she is at a show, in full steampunk regalia:
Cindy Cima Edwards http://www.cindycima.com Cindy's may be a familiar name to you if you read the popular jewelry making magazines. She is much-published and was a member of the 2013 ICE RESIN Design Team
Cindy has done a number of tutorials for us and does lovely work:
No team would be complete for me without my cohort in design, Kate Mulligan:
Kate probably knows my line as well as I do, and counsels me often on what she feels works best. When I follow her advice, I'm never steered wrong. Kate will be working with me a lot on video development (ideas for videos) and kits, as well. She'll also be sending us some great tutorials for our Project Ideas pages, soon! These will include her full 'thesis' on all the tricks of etching. You can't have too many etching tuts! And we have the coolest blanks to use to do the job, with more coming in all the time!
Our necklace blanks work up nicely....Kate helped me etch this one:
For more of Kate's work: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1339417433&fref=ts
Linzi Alford is a well-established trained jewelry maker from the UK:
She has written many tutorials already for B'sue Boutiques.....and her first book, JEWELRY FOR ALL SEASONS, is about to be released! You can get an advanced copy here:
Francesca Watson is an emerging metalsmith with a brilliant work ethic and a penchant for meticulous finish work....and a desire to teach!
Her zest for life is shown in her work:
Francesca is going to help me to help you explore some basic metal techniques you can really use....and how we might combine B'sue Boutiques brass with her design aesthetic.
Recently Francesca has opened a gallery and a haven for teaching with a couple of metalsmithing friends. Find it here: Roadhouse Arts She is also a writer for Art Jewelry Elements as well as Artisan Whimsy's Bead Chat Magazine
Michelle Mach is also a name you may recognize, as she has been published in many beading and jewelry arts magazines since she began submitting in 2007---in fact, over 100 times!
Hopefully you have enjoyed and tried some of her easy-peasy jewelry making techniques at B'sue Boutiques
This photo is for rubber stamping on brass stampings.....check it out here:
Actually I am hoping SOON to do a video to show you how to do this with things I have on hand, based on Michelle's tutorial.
Find her Etsy store here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/michellemach
Kelly Cote is a newer jewelry maker who has already made some simple videos we've used at B'sue Boutiques.
Kelly uses a lot of stampings from B'sue Boutiques and is really enjoying a nice early success with her designing, due to very hard work! You're going to enjoy following her journey!
Here is her most recent video:
Marcia Tuzzolino of Aurora Designs began beading in 2007 at a local bead store....and soon she was taking every class they offered!
You will find her at her Facebook Page:
Marcia LOVES mixed media, and is an admin for the B'sue Boutiques Creative Group
I am so pleased to have these remarkable ladies on board to help me to help you expand your skill set in 2014. Jewelry making is not hard, you really can begin with very basic tools....
a flush cutters
a good round nose pliers
and a good pair of flat nose pliers
From there, you branch out to paints and patinas, manipulating brass, drilling or punching simple holes.....to maybe pounding some metal on a bench block, using a jeweler's saw, working with wire, drawing a bead on a wire to make your own headpins.
We will brainstorm it for you and then serve it up to you on a silver platter. There will also be more kit ideas and perhaps even a judged challenge, which is different from anything we have ever done before.
Just wait and see!