Thursday, September 24, 2015

September Challenge from B'sue Boutique, Alexandra Sefton

Who am I?  What Will I Become? 

 These 3 antique brass stampings from B'sue Boutiques form the basis of a fabulous Sept. Challenge and Blog Hop for avid jewelry artists and lovers everywhere!  Brenda Sue Lansdowne at bsueboutiques.com sponsored this challenge for us.

We, the participants, were to use one or more of 4 pieces she selected to create a modern statement piece with a vintage flair, thinking outside the box and using these in different ways.  My favorites were the 3 above but I chose 2 to work with:


 Here is the first of 2 pieces I created using the big piece, cutting and filing it, and adding various filigree and rhinestone pieces to bling it up!  You can wear this cuff bracelet forwards or backwards.  It also has sparkle sections on the chain.




For my 2nd piece, I went over the top into the fantastic realm!  I call this Leaves of the Sea.  I used 2 of the same piece and connected them, with a heart piece that has a mermaid and seahorse on it.  For this I used my special layering technique of hand painting with pearlized paints.  After all that was sealed and attached, I added dangles, chain sections, and flatback swarovski crystals and tiny faux pearls.


What do you think of these pieces?  What would the woman be like who would enjoy wearing these?  I'd love to hear your comments!  Thank you for reading and leaving feedback.  Be sure to click on the links below to see all the other participants awesome jewelry!  Enjoy!!  <3<3<3







Want to see more?  Visit the other blogs participating in this blog hop at the links below:

Brenda Sue Lansdowne - Jewelry Making Outside the Box
Mary Deis - The Rose Sword http://theroseswordmdeis.blogspot.com/
Jann Tague - Clever Designs - https://janntague.wordpress.com/
Lori Beekman - B.Accessorized - https://baccessorized.wordpress.com/
Renee Hong - Fine and Dandy Jewelry - http://www.fineanddandyjewelry.blogspot.com/
Cynthia Wainscott - Exotic Peru Jewelry - http://exoticperujewelry.blogspot.com/
Dana Hickey - Magpie Approved - http://magpieapproved.blogspot.com/
Mary Beth Quigley-Spiker - Q Settings - http://qsettings.wordpress.com/
Karen Eaton - KJewelry Creations - http://kjewelrycreations1.blogspot.com/
Shari Gardner - SLG Jewelry Designs - https://slgdesigns.wordpress.com/
Alison Huie - Ally's Baubles - http://allysbaubles.blogspot.com/
Pamela Anger - Novegatti Designs - http://www.novegattidesigns.blogspot.com/
Carole Carlson - Beadsophisticate - https://beadsophisticate.wordpress.com/
Cindy Peterson - Howling Dog Jewelry - https://howlingdogjewelry.wordpress.com/
Marcia Tuzzolino - Aurora Designs - http://auroradesignsjewelryblog.me/
Charlotte Smothers - Sea Horse Ranch Life - http://seahorseranch.blogspot.com/
Catherine Shattuck - Victorian Rose Boutique - https://vrbrose.wordpress.com/
Clare Wells Nemeth - Papercrafting Magic - http://papercraftingmagic.blogspot.com/
Erin Whitacre - Shattered Time - https://shatteredtimejewelry.wordpress.com/
Lynda O'Mara - Lomara Creative - http://www.lomaracreative.com/
Ginger Hammond - Lynn Leigh Designs - https://lynnleighdesigns.wordpress.com/
Ingrid Anderson - Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry - https://lilisgems.wordpress.com/
Deb Beechy - Beetique - http://www.beetique56.blogspot.com
Harry Wood - Oscar Crow - http://oscarcrow.blogspot.com/
Delyssa Maxwell - Past Time Fancies - https://pasttimefancies.wordpress.com/
Paula Gaskill - Lovely Layla Bugs - http://lovelylaylabugjewels.weebly.com/blog
Irene Hoffman - Heart's Dezire by Irene - https://heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com/
Alexandra Sefton - Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art - http://wilywolverine.blogspot.com/
Leslie Carver - Adorn Divine Designs - http://adorndivinedesigns.blogspot.com/

55 comments:

  1. Beautiful and imaginative pieces, Alexandra! I especially love your "Leaves of the Sea" piece. Scrumptious colour pallets and your masterful blending of elements make it truly special! xoxo

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    1. Thanks Lori!! I really had fun with it, but I thought it was a bit too much! So glad you liked it. :):)

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  2. Very nice design, love what you did with the mermaid as well

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  3. love how you used two of the same stampings and attached them! Very unique necklace!

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    1. Thanks--that double piece idea really helped me. I was going to make another cuff--but so many peeps have done that with that piece, and then I re-read the instructions and Brenda said "statement piece" so I went over the top! :)

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  4. Both pieces are just stunning. But #2 this amazing. I love those stampings. The colors are great!

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  5. I really love the way you did the mermaid necklace. It's stunning!

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    1. Thanks so much! When I first had the heart I didn't even see the mermaid and seahorse--so I had to do something with color that would make it stand out a tad. :)

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  6. Sooooo pretty! I love all of what you did.

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  7. Since everyone is chatting up your "Leaves of the Sea" necklace, I don't want the bracelet to "feel" slighted. I love it! Those rich colors…it is so elegant. Very nice work, Alexandra!

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    1. LOL--you're so funny! Glad you liked the cuff. Lots of peeps do more spectacular cuffs but this was my first. :):)

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  8. Both pieces are fantastic! Each so different but lovely. Ingrid

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    1. Thanks Ingrid! I'll be off to see your work soon. :):)

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  9. WOW Alexandra, what COLOR! You really thought on this hard. over the top! THANKS for being part of the hop and adding your skills to the mix!

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    1. Ah, Brenda--thanks for your sweet words of encouragement! I personally thought this one was a bit too much but it was a great stretch for me. Loved the stampings and you know me and color--just can't stop adding more and have to tell myself to stop. :):):)

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  10. Wow Alexandra, this is one fantastic necklace. Beautiful job!!

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  11. What a colorful, fun and innovative pieces you created Alexandra!!! Both pieces beautiful, I'm love your bracelet the patina hues always catch my eye ;)

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    1. Thanks Cynthia--that's high praise since I love your work! :)

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  12. Wow! Beautiful pieces and the designs are amazing.

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    1. OMG beautiful .. I love both of them but that bracelet is amazing .. GREAT work Alexandra

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  13. Gorgeous! both pieces, but that necklace was stunning, a fantasy in the Sea! Colors are off the charts! Beautiful work Alexandra ;D

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    1. Your kind words made me smile! I love colors! :)

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  14. I was ready to applaude your bracelet, with the contrast of grunge and crystal...then I was smacked with the stunning design and color work on the necklace. Wow.

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    1. Love your words "grunge and crystal"--and I used them in an instagram shot! Thanks for being smacked!! LOL

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  15. Beautiful work Andrea. I especially love the bracelet and the gorgeous colorization on your necklace.

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  16. I have really enjoyed seeing how so many of us have used that cuff stamping and yours is no exception! Love the coloring you got!! It's so pretty with the rhinestones! The coloring on your mermaid piece is gorgeous too!!

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    1. Yes I love color--so thanks for your nice words! :)

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  17. Beautiful pieces, both of them! Love the coloring on the necklace, and the bracelet is just gorgeous! You did a wonderful job on both of them! ;)

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  18. Wowzer!! Both designs are gorgeous! But your use of color on the necklace knocked my socks off! Great design, too. Very well done!

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    1. Yippee--here's to knocking socks off! Thanks!! :)

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  19. Wowza, that one necklace is a beauty, but huge. The wearer would have to be someone that loves getting attention. All the pieces you made are very well done.

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    1. Hooray--you're the only one so far who said what the customer would be like--thanks! Yes it's big, but there are so many big statement color necklaces these days that I thought I'd risk it! :)

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  20. Your Bracelet is awesomely stunning, and the Necklace such soft beautiful colors. Great Job Miss.lady.

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  21. Alexandra, your bracelet is fabulous and I love the color. Glad you added the bling. The necklace is very creative, too!

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  22. How pretty, Alexandra! You are a master of color. Each is so pretty in it's own way. Great job! I would wear the bracelet, it's my favorite color.

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    1. Thanks Renee--I love your work so this is great praise! :)

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  23. Alexandra-Wowza! Beautiful pieces, my friend! As always, your color techniques are amazing. You really excel at coloring. I would say the necklace is certainly fit for a mermaid queen (do they have queens?) and the bracelet looks good on you (or me)! LOL

    Well done!

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    1. Haha--I thought the cuff would look good on us too! Thanks for the happy words about my colors--that's high praise from you because our styles are so different!! Luv ya GF! <3

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  24. These are fantastic pieces. I love the bling and the versatility of the bracelet. The colors on the necklae are gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks so much! It was fun using the cuff front or backwards so to speak! :)

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  25. What is it? What is it to become? Awesomeness! That necklace is a real out of the box design, and I love it!

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    1. Wow--I love your comment! It's hard for me to go out of my box and even harder to do assymetrical things--tho this isn't one of those--so it's great to hear that peeps like it! :)

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  26. Wowzer! Spectacular pieces, both of them. Your coloring skills always amaze me.

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    1. Great praise from you Marica since I love your work too! Many thanks! :)

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  27. The cuff is fabulous! Love. The colors on the necklace are beautiful!

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