It’s time to hop!


B'Sue Boutiques Change it Up Blog Hop

Being a member of the Facebook B’Sue Boutiques Creative Group ( has been such a wonderful experience.  I belong to a lot of jewelry-making groups on Facebook, but this one stands out as the most caring, sharing group!  I consider myself an accomplished jewelry maker and bead weaver.  Learning about assemblage jewelry from this group has led me down a new creative path – and has given me a way to repurpose all that jewelry I have hoarded for years.  I must confess that I have bought even more vintage jewelry since joining this group.

Brenda Lansdowne, who owns B’Sue Boutiques (, is a savvy business owner and a wonderfully creative jewelry artist.  I cannot begin to tell you how much I learned the past few months – from her blogs, her videos, and her posts.  I believe that the way we ensure that jewelry artistry grows is by sharing what we know so that future jewelry artists can learn from us old-timers.  Brenda epitomizes this concept – she shares her 25+ years of jewelry design with us all.

One of the things that Brenda and her design group have done is to present the group members with monthly challenges.  I have not always participated in the challenges but I have gotten such inspiration from the members’ posts of their challenge pieces.

For September, Brenda offered two related challenges –  “Vintage Flair….a piece driven by fashion trends (color, style, etc) that gives a nod to the past (vintage design)” is the monthly challenge to the Facebook group; and a Blog Hop challenge with the same theme.

I really love the September theme but I am not a blogger – I am not a blogger – I am not a blogger!  Oh, hell, I started a blog just for this challenge.

Brenda selected four American-made brass pieces from her shop inventory and asked us to choose one and use it in an unusual way.

Blog Hop Pieces

When I saw the photo, I thought “Oh goodie, I have two of those pieces.”  I chose to use the Cuff stamping in my challenge piece.  It is a good thing I already had the cuff because, as usual, I waited until this week to actually construct the piece. I had written down ideas and planned the overall look in my head for a couple of weeks.

Part of the challenge is to use the piece in an unusual way.  So, I cut the cuff into two pieces – one to use and one in case I had to start over.  I wanted to create a necklace with the altered cuff piece. I colored the piece with “Old Silver” Inka Gold, a product I learned about from Brenda’s group.  I loved the look it gave the brass piece.  I bonded it to one of B’Sue’s necklace blanks and secured it with clamps to allow the glue to cure.

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While patiently waiting for the glue to cure – not! – I scrounged through my vintage jewelry pieces and other B’Sue components and came up with a vintage cameo that I purchased at a garage sale.

I bonded the cameo to a brass oval so that I could glue the pretty rosaline opal czech rhinestone chain around it.  And added a vintage pink rhinestone bow at the base of the piece.  Also cut a B’Sue leaf pinwheel stamping in half and placed on each side of the central piece.

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And here she is!  The ceramic roses are from vintage earrings. The neckpiece includes pink Swarovski Pearls, pink Czech crystal rondelles, vintage gold-filled spacers, vermeil daisy spacers, and vintage gold-plated stampings.  I actually assembled three different neckpieces. The others were too light & too heavy. There are bits of pearl cup chain added to cover the necklace blank because, as I learned from Brenda, the base piece should be covered!

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This challenge was a double challenge for me – the toughest part was the blog.  I am not a blogger!  But maybe I will show up occasionally just to keep you wondering.

Please check out all of the other B’Sue bloggers who participated in this challenge.  I can hardly wait to see what inspiration I get from their creations.

Hugs from the little house at the lake.


P.S. My website is up – only a few items listed. That is my next, and ongoing, challenge.

List for Blog Hop September 25, 2015:

Brenda Sue Lansdowne

Jewelry Making Outside the Box

Mary Deis

The Rose Sword

Jann Tague

Clever Designs

Lori Beekman


Renee Hong

Fine and Dandy Jewelry

Cynthia Wainscott

Exotic Peru Jewelry

Dana Hickey

Magpie Approved

Mary Beth Quigley-Spiker

Q Settings

Karen Eaton

KJewelry Creations

Shari Gardner

SLG Jewelry Designs

Alison Huie

Ally’s Baubles

Pamela Anger

Novegatti Designs

Carole Carlson


Cindy Peterson

Howling Dog Jewelry

Marcia Tuzzolino

Aurora Designs

Charlotte Smothers

Sea Horse Ranch Life

Catherine Shattuck

Victorian Rose Boutique – You are here! 😉


Clare Wells Nemeth

Papercrafting Magic

Erin Whitacre

Shattered Time

Lynda O’Mara

Lomara Creative

Ginger Hammond

Lynn Leigh Designs

Ingrid Anderson

Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry

Deb Beechy


Harry Wood

Oscar Crow

Delyssa Maxwell

Past Time Fancies

Paula Gaskill

Lovely Layla Bugs

Irene Hoffman

Heart’s Dezire by Irene

Alexandra Sefton

Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art

Leslie Carver

Adorn Divine Designs

21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cynthia Wainscott
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 04:44:36

    Ginger congrats on becoming a blogger, I totally understand how you feel, I felt the same, still do , but guess what you did it and I enjoyed reading your post and loved your necklace with that beautiful cameo and all that blink!!! Well done



  2. Q settings
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 08:12:35

    Just love how you added the piece to a blank. Beautiful piece of work.



  3. beetique
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 09:00:19

    You did such a beautiful job on this piece. Great design!



  4. Susan Ferrell Bowerman
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 09:18:47

    Oh yes you are a blogger! You have a wonderful writing style, it was fun and informative, and I love your finished piece. BRAVO on both counts! Perfect.



  5. B'sue
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 10:40:25

    I love love love ….did I say LOVE???? what you have done. GREAT job, so glad you jumped in and you made this one your own. KEEP BLOGGING! What the hey. You started the blog, keep doing it! Blogs are a great vehicle, the trick is staying on top of it and checking in to blog some more…..with all your experience you have tons to write about. Love your pix, too. Great post!



  6. lilisgems
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 10:53:45

    Enjoyed reading your post. Your necklace is fantastic, I really love how you used that cuff half. Ingrid



  7. lcaudle47
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 13:06:04

    Fabulous piece



  8. Dana
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 14:51:12

    This is so pretty! I love what you’ve done with this stamping! You somehow made that huge piece seem delicate, that’s amazing!



  9. Chi
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 16:32:20

    A gorgeous piece in every way. Your attention to all the details made this a stunning necklace. Wonderfully composed!



  10. Sue Shade
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 16:51:34

    This is a well coordinated piece. I love the chain too!



  11. Mary
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 16:56:21

    Really love your necklace–lovely pairings to create a real feeling of cohesiveness to the design. GREAT work and absolutely LOVELY. Thanks for sharing!



  12. Novegatti Designs
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 17:54:54

    Beautiful necklace, Ginger, and very creative use of the pieces! Very nicely done … great job! 😉
    – Pamela & Toby



  13. Aurora Designs Jewelry
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 21:33:54

    Ginger, your blog post was wonderful and entertaining! The piece you created is beautiful!!



  14. Alexandra Sefton
    Sep 26, 2015 @ 11:09:33

    I’m crazy in love with this piece! I just LOVE what you did attaching the half piece to the curved backing and then putting the cameo, cup chain, bow and all. The chain pieces you made are also just too lovely! WOW! And for someone who’s not a blogger, you did a great job. So fun–I bet this piece will sell in a flash and very lucky is the person who buys it!! :):)



  15. Alexandra Sefton
    Sep 26, 2015 @ 11:13:00

    BTW, I meant to ask, did you glue the “cameo” piece to the backing? I have trouble gluing if the backing isn’t flat and I’ve been looking at pieces to see if peeps glue, rivet or solder, neither of which I know how to do. Learning curve! Thanks for letting me know. :):)



    • gingerh1202
      Sep 26, 2015 @ 23:02:17

      I did glue it. First I glued the cameo to an oval because I needed soething more solid to hold the cup chain. Then because the back piece is not flat, I glued 2 small thin buttons to it first. I often add some small spacer to get a more flat gluing surface. And I use E6000 for a secure bond.



  16. kate
    Sep 26, 2015 @ 23:22:08

    I look at her and her royal surrounding setting, and I imagine being at court in some 17th Century castle in a lace and satin dress adorned with this beautiful necklace. It is a dream creation!



  17. shatteredtimejewelry
    Sep 27, 2015 @ 20:52:29

    Beautiful necklace. Looks like a vintage piece!



  18. beadtherapygirl
    Sep 27, 2015 @ 23:33:53

    This is so beautiful Ginger, I really love it! Thank you for talking through the process of how you made it.



  19. howlingdogjewelrycapdap1838
    Sep 28, 2015 @ 14:37:25

    This is just lovely and I love how you used the neck base for the background. It looks very vintage and has a special look. I am new to blogging as well.



  20. wings and beads
    Oct 09, 2015 @ 11:40:37

    I love cameo’s no exception here. You created an awesome Vintage Cameo Necklace. Love it.



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