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Five and Dime Style, Round Four
1. Five and Dime Style, Round Four  (July 10, 2011)
The Final Challenge Round of Five and Dime Style has been the exploration of over the top pieces in the 50's-60's vintage vibe style, combined with 21st century mixed media and placement techniques.  FIVE AND DIME STYLE HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN:  Thanks to all who participated in the challenges.   You took me back to a place and time that was very sweet, and you helped me find what was in my heart all along.  Five and Dime Style *is* B'sue Style.  Once it gets in your heart, you can't stop creating.  It's happy, lighthearted and fun.  It's for the beginner as well as the advanced designer.  It can be  simple and easy-going, or effusive, gaudy, riotous. It's nostalgia, it's creatively compelling....it is JOY.  Copyright 2011 Brenda Sue Lansdowne.  Find the website:  B'sue Boutiques http://www.bsueboutiques.com  Find the YouTube videos:  http://www.youtube.com/user/bsueboutiques
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Five and Dime Style Round Three: ANIMALS
2. Five and Dime Style Round Three: ANIMALS  (April 29, 2011)
On April 29, 2011 through May 11, 2011 our group commenced more definition on the meaning of Five and Dime Style via a third challenge.  Animal themes were the rule of the day, three submissions per participant were allowed.   Any type of jewelry form was permissable except charm bracelets....because THEY will be Round FOUR!  Five and Dime Style, copyright 2011, Brenda Sue Lansdowne
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Warm Fuzzies Blog Hop
3. Warm Fuzzies Blog Hop  (March 2011)
Hilary Frye of FryeStyle sponsored this event which was held on March 9, 2011.  You'll find Hilary's blog here:  http://fryestyle.blogspot.com/

Hilary says about the hop:
"I decided that we needed something creative to get us over the winter chill. And, bring 17 friends together while learning and having fun.

Our inspiration was what made us feel, "warm and fuzzy". The mode was mixed-media...
... and extra points if you incorporated a fiber into the design for "warmth and fuzzies sake".

Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B'sue Boutiques partnered with me. I picked the kit and she handled the marketing and sales of it from her online store and Facebook page.

(Most of the entrants are new to the blog world. This event was a great introduction to the concept of blogging and blog hops. We discovered that working in mixed-media can be a challenge; but, well worth the effort.)

Today, I have the pleasure of sharing my work and also the work of fellow artists."

I was thrilled to be a part of Hilary's very first hop!  I'm sure it won't be her last.   How happy I was to finally get all the pix into an album that we could archive at B'sue Boutiques!  http://www.bsueboutiques.com
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Five and Dime Style Round Two
4. Five and Dime Style Round Two   (January 9, 2011)
Presenting photos from Round Two of the Five and Dime Style Challenge, Brooch and Earring Design.   We hope you will enjoy the new ideas!   Five and Dime Style is inspired by the jewelry found in  small department stores and Five and Dime counters like Woolworth's, Grants, Kresges back in the 50's and 60's.  The ideas are carried forward and made current, using both vintage and new components, charms, stones, beads.   The style is not elaborate; it can be achieved by beginning to intermediate jewelry designers, and we hope in time to develop Five and Dime into a recognizable jewelry style, like Steampunk style is.   If you use these sort of components--- especially, American-Made brass stampings, charms and findings *such as* we carry at B'sue Boutiques--we'd love to hear from you!  http://www.bsueboutiques.com
Five and Dime Style, copyright 2011 Brenda Sue Lansdowne
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Steampunk Jewelry Design Album
5. Steampunk Jewelry Design Album  (November 23, 2010)
Here's a compilation of some of the great designs sent to me by friends of our Facebook Fan Page, most made with items you can access at http://www.bsueboutiques.com in the Steampunk Jewelry Supplies section.   Click here to get there fast: http://www.bsueboutiques.com/steampunk_jewelry_supplies.shtml     BUT!  Only after you've checked out all the cool work.   I'll be adding to the album regularly.  Steampunk Style won't be going away any time soon.
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Brooch and Earring Design Ideas
6. Brooch and Earring Design Ideas  (November 15, 2010)
I've created this album to help us as we proceed with the next round of the Five and Dime Style Challenge.   Here are a mix of both vintage and B'sue Boutiques design brooches/brooches and earring sets that might qualify for Five and Dime-type style, and that might get your creativity primed!  Five and Dime Style is a term created by and used by B'sue Boutiques and Brenda Sue Lansdowne to identify and create a design genre.  Copyright 2011 Brenda Sue Lansdowne
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Five and Dime Style Jewelry
7. Five and Dime Style Jewelry  (October 22, 2010)
Originated by a group effort at the B'sue Boutiques Facebook Fan page, the beautiful designs here are channeling the old dime store feeling and making it new, using vintage and new components.   We hope to expand this album and make it grow by leaps and bounds during the first design challenge, and refine and define the style as time goes on!   Many have used components available at the B'sue Boutiques website, http://www.bsueboutiques.com along with interesting components rescued from lost vintage pieces, mainly from the 50's-70's period.  Our group appreciates the value of vintage jewelry and does not take intact pieces apart but seeks to bring the bits and pieces back to life.  They are doing a fabulous job!  Thank you to all participants....this is  about you and your design voice!  Five and Dime Style is a term used by B'sue Boutiques and originated by Brenda Sue Lansdowne.   Copyright 2011 Brenda Sue Lansdowne
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Gallery of Brass Patina Designs, Ideas
8. Gallery of Brass Patina Designs, Ideas  (September 12, 2009)
It is SO much fun to patina raw brass stampings at home!  So many ways to go!  Here are some of my favorite experiments, let me share them with you....I hope it takes you on a whole new journey in your jewelry making.    

Here is the basic recipe for home patina that I use ALOT:   make a solution of dark vinegar and salt, about five parts vinegar to one of the salt.  Use a large shallow glass baking pan.   Degrease your brass by washing in hot soapy water and drying THOROUGHLY.   Then place in  the solution, being careful not to overlap or let anything touch together.  Soak for at least an hour.   Take out of the bath and put on a metal baking sheet and bake 450 degree oven for an hour or til you like how they look.  Take them out, swish in the solution and bake again for another thirty minutes.   Remove from the oven, swish in the solution while hot with a tongs, don't touch them!  Metal is hot!   and then let them dry on two-three layers of wax paper.  This will achieve the beautiful blue-green patina.  If you don't want the verdigris, don't swish them in the solution again after the final bake.   After they cool or achieve the verdigris (sometimes you have to let them set overnight) then you can take them and buff them out, enhance with inks, acrylics, Gilder's Paste, whatever you like.  You do really need to seal this sort of finish.  I prefer Renaissance Wax but for lack of that, you can use Turtle Wax from the hardware store---it, too, is a form of microcrystalline wax and the seal is very muted, matte, almost appears not to exist.....but is VERY durable, whether you use Renwax or Turtle.  For sure, however, Renwax is the more professional finish.

This way of placing patina on brass is something I've successfully done for a long time now and so happy to share with you!  I'm not done in my journey, yet.   I have MANY more experiments to make.  Continue to tune in to this gallery and watch it grow as I try out new ideas and make jewelry from the stampings I have patina'd and colorized.   The stampings used are available from us at reasonable prices at http://www.bsueboutiques.com; be sure to check the Raw Brass Stampings and Raw Brass Filigree sections of our website as they will be growing constantly, too!
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Easy Designs Made from Brass Stampings
9. Easy Designs Made from Brass Stampings  (January 23, 2007)
Here's a little gallery to get those creative juices flowing....a few little things I've made up over the years from the brass stampings I carry.   Easy and fun, you won't need to attend a jewelry making class to figure them out!   Some of the stampings are carried on our home website at http://www.bsueboutiques.com.  If you don't see what you need, give me a holler by emailing me at bsue1441@aol.com, or I can perhaps suggest other things we carry that would work.  Please refer to this gallery and the photo number, if you are making an inquiry.  THANKS!
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The Romance of an Old Stamping
10. The Romance of an Old Stamping  (December 5, 2005)
It's occured to me that I've handled so many wonderful, rare old stampings in the last several years that I ought to be making an album of them to share.  Many of late have been old European stampings the likes of which we'll never see again.  Most of the stampings shown here are things of the past, the photos are, for the most part, just memories of having handled them and some pictures to share.  The color of them is also a delicate, rare thing.  Known as gingerbread brass, or gingerbrass, this color is a product of time, air pollution, dirt and old machine oil---as unappetizing as that sounds, it has produced over time via oxidization the remarkable color you find here.   I do carry some remaining product on my large website at B'sue Boutiques (http://www.bsueboutiques.com) and you will also find a revolving door of antique/vintage product---glass, brass, chain and other findings---in my  ETSY store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/bsue1441   If any of these items are still available, you'll find them there or on our website.  Most however, have sadly come and gone.
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Photographic Image Jewelry
11. Photographic Image Jewelry  (November 13, 2004)
This album was entered almost 5 years ago, before alot of folks were mounting things in resin.  I have become more and more intrigued with the idea of embedding photos and scrapbook paper images under lenses, glass cabochons, and in the equivalent of what some are calling 'liquid crystal'.  Here are a few designs that I have photographed in the past, you can use our art bubbles instead of resin to top your scrap collages.  We sell the bezels and lenses on the site at http://www.bsueboutiques.com in 25mm and 30mm.  At this time no 2X art bubble lenses are made in the oval shape, but we do have clear, unfoiled cabs in 18x13mm that do a nice job in our 18x13mm mounts.  Check my blog archives(you'll find the link at our website at http://www.bsueboutiques.com, click on the link that says Jewelry Making Outside the box) for more projects I've made with lenses and cabochons.
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Button Jewelry Projects From B'sue
12. Button Jewelry Projects From B'sue  (February 23, 2004)
I im LOVE with old buttons.  But unless a button is common, it's a rotten dirty shame to risk harm to it by making jewelry from it.  If you leave the shank intact, and don't clip it off, you can use E6000 glue and one day pry it out of the glue and it not be harmed, so long as you don't lacquer over it.  Still...

I searched for a source for reproduction buttons and it looked like most companies that were using them were having them custom-made---especially imaginative ones. Finally I found someone who still had dies to make old cufflinks and tie tacks.   When stamped into heavy gauge brass, the result looked like old Victorian and Deco metal buttons!  But they are flat on the back.

NO MATTER.... To these button shanks (see the pix below)  can be added by simple glue, or soldering with a gun, if desired. I use E6000 glue, and have had fab results!  

This is an easy project:  instant gratification for an accomplished jewelry maker, or an easily-made gift;  sweet, quick success for a new, novice jewelry maker.

You will find the button tops and chain findings used in these products on my website at http://www.bsueboutiques.com

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We Dolls Have Been Busy!
13. We Dolls Have Been Busy!  (November 22, 2003)
So many people wonder what B'sue and Shelley look like, what our place looks like, what we really do!  Well....it's time to show you!
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14. NEW PATHWAYS for B'sue  (January 30, 2003)
Here you will find some of my explorations with other media, sculpey bead making, Shrink Plastic, Rubber stamping and other eclectica as it comes along!  Hey, an artist has to stretch!
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15. JEWELRY $20 and UNDER  (December 10, 2002)
In response to a challenge!  CAN beautiful bibs and bobs be transformed into lovely pieces of jewelry, in a timely fashion, and sold for $20 and under?  This page will PROVE it.  $20 and under DOES NOT have to look like dollar store jewelry.  It DOES NOT have to look like a mass-produced trend.  It DOES NOT have to look like unimaginative department store boxed goods....Handmade CAN be attractive, textural, appealing, one of a kind and CERTAINLY!! under $20.
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