This is the old "Messy Workshop" at B'sue Boutiques, where so many first 'met' me, through my You Tube videos.
There was a long process for me to even get to the place where I could put **this** workshop together, and it's being re-done, right now, as I write this blog post.
My workshop at our little place downtown looks busier, but it never saw as much jewelry making as the old Messy one did. Since we're in a rented building, I hesitate to do some of the things I'd do back in the basement. But it makes a great video set!
If you've been watching the videos (they can be found at the B'sue Boutiques channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/bsueboutiques/videos ) you'll see that we specialize in mixed media projects, patina and color on brass stampings, assemblage and simple wire and beading projects.
A great place for beginner to intermediate jewelry makers to pick up ideas and jump in and try something new.
Today on my Facebook Business Page I received this question:
"I am overwhelmed with the selections and eclectic beauty of your items. How do I, "newbie," here get my start; what are the most essential items to purchase while finding my style and discovering a new way of doing...art?"
I have to agree. By design at B'sue Boutiques we have an ever-expanding line of some of the loveliest products for jewelry making, the best mixed media supplies, and the basic tools you need as well. But it can be daunting to select just the RIGHT thing.
TOOLS are first.
For me (and I preach this in most of my videos) the short list is:
Round nose pliers
Flat nose pliers (I like the kind that are pointed on the end)
Good flush cutters (for the money, I think ours are as good as many of the pricey ones. You'll find them here: http://www.bsueboutiques.com/product-p/plier18.htm
Needle nose tweezers
A jump ring turning tool
Metal shears....ours are the best for cutting up brass stampings: http://www.bsueboutiques.com/product-p/tool07900.htm
A hole punch. We have both screw type and hand-held, both work about as well but I find I use the hand held most often: http://www.bsueboutiques.com/product-p/plier07810.htm
It's good to have things like simple files and #0000 steel wool around, too.
Those things will get you started and if you get them at our place, it won't break the bank. I consider them all essentials.
After that, perhaps review the videos....what sort of jewelry do you like to make?
If you like assemblage, you'll need some blanks:
You'll also need some E6000 glue for assemblage, as well as things like leaf stampings, flower stampings, bits of chain, resin flowers, flatback pearls, bits of broken jewelry, charms.....you'll have to choose what appeals to you!
If you want to do resin work, get ICE RESIN (we carry it) and some bezels:
We also have some nice videos about using it.
If you want to make beaded necklaces, we usually work with wire here at B'sue Boutiques At the You Tube channel you will see my easy methods that are very forgiving. 20 gauge wire is your best bet and our best seller is silver:
You will find some simple videos on scrapbook jewelry using paper, and simple wire wrapped bracelets like this one:
BUT TO START.....MOST OF ALL....ya gotta figure out what trips your trigger!
What's your style?
What appeals to you most, what sort of jewelry do you think you'd be comfortable with trying out first?
What do YOU really want to make, what sort of jewelry artist do you see yourself becoming?
Answering those questions first will help you to focus on JUST the right place to start, and keep you from buying stuff to make every new project that comes down the pike. Let's face it, even if all you did all day long was make jewelry, you could never master or even TRY every style that comes out. So choosing what you feel is your best bet is THE FIRST STEP.
Again, our videos can help, also our GALLERY OF INSPIRATION:
There are over 800! photos in this gallery. Some are thing I have made, but far more are things customers who love our products have made from the things we carry. Many visit this gallery because it does indeed help them get a feel for what they like best.
Once you know that, you can always contact me, B'sue, through the B'sue Boutiques website or you can friend Brenda Sue Lansdowne at Facebook. If you feel unsure of ordering, we can agree on a dollar amount and I can try to set you up with your first things needed.
You can also join us at the B'sue Boutiques Creative Group The inspiration and sharing there is excellent. Even though the group is sponsored by my supplies site, we do occasionally allow folks to post pix of things they have done in other genres besides the things we sell at our place. This is so that we can all see what all is going on out there, and what WE might need to be learning---or WANT to learn next.
The group is caring, nurturing, a no-drama, no-ego zone where newbies are welcomed with open arms.
Why don't you just come on over today and join us?