This is how many of us work.....madly, quickly, ideas flowing faster than our fingers can move.
And I'll be the first to admit: this is MY workspace down in the Messy Workshop, where our first videos were made, and a space we'll be using again before too long.
We may work in chaos, but chaos will not work for us where our finished jewelry is concerned. It is time to concentrate, think deep, and discover simple truths about what is IS people want, and how we as handmade jewelry artists can give it to them at prices they will pay.
That's a real challenge.....and WHY the BUILD A LINE CHALLENGE was born!
Here is my first post on it, you may want to review it:
This amazing opportunity will be a challenge that will last three months. Those who participate will need to be fully committed.
You will ABSOLUTELY have to have a working blog. Facebook Business pages used as a blog will not work for this challenge, because we will be having blog hops.
You ABSOLUTELY must be on Facebook, as most of the communication and business f this challenge will take place there.
You ABSOLUTELY must be a member of the B'sue Boutiques Creative Group as some of our challenge discussion will take place there.
You will need 'pinning rights' to the special group board we will create for this challenge. That means you must be following my boards at Pinterest:
You should send a friend request to Brenda Sue Lansdowne at Facebook so communication will be easy.
You will create a cohesive line of jewelry with five pieces. They can be all the same piece with variations. They can be a fashion line with necklace, earrings, bracelet, ring and brooch. They can be a gift line focusing on a specific theme.
That's the challenge: YOU BRAINSTORM IT and YOU MAKE IT WORK. Along the way we will be having blog hops to see your process as well as your PROGRESS.
Don't tell anyone what you are doing prior to the reveal, please. I am not accepting any submissions before the opening date.
Good to remember: DON'T MAKE IT HARD. Don't go for something too over the top, too fussy, too hard to recreate. While this is a a PROTOTYPE line, meaning you will only be making ONE of each item in your line, you DO need to consider what it might be like to take it to the next level and reproduce and sell it, when the challenge is over. In fact, that will be one of the judging features: how easily and successfully could that be done.
So many of us are visual. Besides my old catalog sheets, some of the best photos I can share with you are ones from Leila West of Leila Nicole Designs. This is a line of bracelets she produces now and are her design. Here they are in progress.
As you can see, it's all the same component, but the color choice is the key.
Here are some that are finished:
I hope Leila will be with us for the challenge and I doubt this is what she would be doing as she has already done it....but since I have used this as an example, this line is TAKEN and will not be repeated by someone else during the challenge. It's Leila's line. The photos are for inspiration, only. You could do birds and you could make bracelets, just do something else. Thanks!
On JANUARY 8th. 2015 I will begin accept private messages at FACEBOOK with your ideas for the challenge, rudimentary photos, sketches, or simply a short explanation of what you intend to do. (Honestly, the short explanation is best). You will also send me your blog link so we have it for the hops, and so that I can check it, see that you are using it and that it works.
Nothing is more irritating than a blog hop with dead links so we're checking ahead of time just to keep that to a minimum.
Everyone will have to have their messages to me by Monday, January 12th, 2015.
These dates are FINITE. That means, no submissions prior to January 8, none will be accepted after Jan 12.
You should be trying out your blogs and writing about your life, your process, your ideas about making jewelry, things you have collected, just ANYTHING but be writing! And don't be writing about what you'll be doing for the challenge, I gotta repeat that. You can shout the challenge out, THANKS! We'll have a blog badge for you soon, too. But shhhhhh don't tell your ideas and what you will do.
Try to narrow down your ideas to something specific. Saying, I'm doing a Steampunk line isn't specific enough. What SORT of steampunk line? Or I'm doing a nature line will not be specific enough. What sort? Animals? Birds? Tropical foliage? BEING SPECIFIC is one of the things that sets a line apart, people don't have to guess where you're going with it. They will simply look, and know.
Once I have everyones' choices, I will go through looking for duplicates. If there are duplicates, the first one to reach me with the choice gets it. I will come back to you if someone else has your theme or idea, and you will need an alternate.
This truly is a master class, and it's FREE this time. I have many years experience with actually DOING this (but not teaching it!) so I do not feel I can charge for it this time and I don't even want to. BUT! the rules will be firm because it will take a lot of time out of my packed life to do this challenge along with you. Even though I have successfully built a line and sustained it for the better part of a decade, I have not taught a group how to do it.
So we will all be learning together.
There will be a blog hop week of January 19th where you will tell about yourself as a mixed media jewelry artist, why you joined us, what you hope to get from the class/challenge, and you'll then tell us about your choice. ALL BLOG POSTS IN THIS CHALLENGE MUST HAVE PHOTOS.
I will announce the blog hop date soon; as of today I'm thinking we'll probably do it that Friday which would be the 23rd. That's still tentative, though.
One last thing to repeat: visible pieces from the B'sue Boutiques line of findings and goodies must be present in your designs. This way I can freely promote your work, talk about your artistry, and allow you to pin to our challenge board and continue in the challenge. This is only fair as this is a FREE, UNPAID master class and I am donating my time to guide it.
Another blog link you can refer to for more information is here:
Think outside of the box. Simple is best. Be clever. Think about WHY someone would buy your piece. Just another pretty face is not enough. There are reasons why people buy. You might want to Google some articles on that and do some serious research.
In the long run, it will refine your process, and probably help you be more successful in selling even more of your work. I'm hoping to re-route my own brain that way!
I did it once....