Thursday, March 19, 2015

Build a Line Challenge from B'Sue Boutiques, Elizabeth Hildreth of MadScientistsDesigns, Part Three

Welcome the the 3rd and final Blog Hop of the B'sue Boutiques Build A Line Challenge (BALC). In this leg of the hop you get to see the whole line revealed.

Master Class

 For the past three months a diverse group of 55 jewelry artists have participated in a jewelry design master class led by Brenda Sue Lansdowne. We learned about designing a cohesive line within a specific price range. This class has been invaluable for all of us.

Lessons I've Learned

This class has helped me focus on planning and completing a cohesive line of jewelry. (No small feat!) My line includes necklaces, earrings, and a hand bracelet. I tend to make things as inspiration strikes, so having to focus on a single line was surprisingly a bit of a struggle. Ha! 

I learned about the different categories of jewelry makers: hobbyist (that's me!), jewelry maker, or jewelry designer (what I am going to be). Read more about my discovery here.

Take aways

  • Focus - keep your eyes on the prize, cohesive lines sell best
  • Impulse Pricing - know what impulse price points are and how to use them effectively
  • Know the Pricing Pyramid - the lowest pricing tier will be your bread and butter customers whose purchases allow you to make more elaborate statement pieces, plan a tier for buyers at every level of income
  • Fashion savvy - keep an eye on what is going to trend and incorporate aspects that remain true to your style
  • Read Vogue - they seem to be ahead of the curve with up and coming trends such as styles and colors that will trickle down through all aspects of fashion
  • The Devil Wears Prada - yes, yes she does

My Line

I call my line Going To The Bazaar. Classic Moroccan, Spanish, Indian, and Middle Eastern jewelry inspired me and I added a Bohemian flair. I love the lush look of the jewelry from this region, but in silver and gold with gemstones it would be prohibitively expensive. I decided to make an affordable line with the same rich, luxurious feel. I'm pretty proud of it and I hope you like it too! :-)

The Reveal: Going To The Bazaar

Hand Bracelet in Ruby Red from the side $35.00

Hand Bracelet In Ruby Red

Hand Bracelet In Ruby Red from the front

Hand Bracelet in Ruby Red from the back
Hand Bracelet in Ruby Red from the side
Necklace in Ruby Red with Crystals $25.00
Necklace in Ruby Red with Crystals front close-up
Necklace in Ruby Red with Crystals rear view
Earrings in Ruby Red with Thin Side Down front view $27.00
Earrings in Ruby Red with Thin Side Down front/rear view
Necklace in Ruby Red Long Length $20.00
Necklace in Ruby Red Long Length front close-up
Necklace in Ruby Red Long Length rear close-up
Earrings in Ruby Red with Thin Side Up front view $27.00
Earrings in Ruby Red with Thin Side Up front/rear view
Necklace in Sapphire Blue with Crystal Chain $40.00
Necklace in Sapphire Blue with Crystal Chain
Necklace in Sapphire Blue with Crystal Chain close-up
The Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue pieces shown feature Swarovski crystals. All of these pieces will be available for purchase in my Etsy shop, MadScientistsDesigns, by April 1st. All will be custom orders and made especially for you.

All of the jewelry features handmade clasps and ear wires, B'sue Boutiques filigrees with hand-painted details and hand wire-wrapped bead dangles. Prices range from $20 - #40 for the pieces featured.

Custom color and customization is available on any of the pieces. Currently available colors are Swarovski crystals in ruby red and sapphire blue, crystals in topaz, and glass beads in amethyst purple.

Time to Hop

Hop on over to the next stop. I hope you enjoyed the reveal. Tell me what you think! ~Elizabeth

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B'sue Boutiques Jewelry Making Outside the Box
Cynthia Wainscott  Exotic Peru
Carole Carlson  Beadsophisticate
Lynn Stinten  Dragonzwench
Marica Zammit  Bead Lovelies
Catherine Shattuck  VRBrose
Michaele 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  LOmara Creative
Elizabeth Hildreth  ---- YOU ARE HERE ----  MadScientistsDesigns
Dana Hickey  Wind Dancer Studios
Janet Calardo  Jan Lea Designs
Maria Clark  Sweet Willow Designs
Lori Beekman  B. Accessorized
Jennifer Kroeger  Relic Charm
Amy Jorgensen  Hoarder's Corner
Ingrid Anderson  Lilis Gems
Louise O'Shields  Desire Divine Jewels
Susan Killam  Killam Creative
Nike Bottalico  Nike Bottalico
Susan Bowerman  Woodside Wireworks
Jan Peters  Stylized Vintage
Gina Hockett  Freestyle Elements
Linda Anderson  From the Bead Board
Teresa Shurter  TreeZ's Treasurs
Melissa Latimer  Smithed Up
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
Sandra Ballard  Mama San's Mojo
Coral Law  ab:coraldesign