BALC 2016 Blog Hop - Part 3 of 3

BALC 2016 Blog Hop – Part 3 of 3

This is the third part of a three part blog hop for the Build a Line Challenge by B'Sue Boutiques. The focus of the Build a Line Challenge is to get artists to create a minimum of a five piece jewelry line in 3 months. Part three of this blog hop is the final reveal of the lines created by all the participants.

If you have not yet had a chance to explore part one of this blog hop, you can start here.

If you would like to follow along you can visit the artist's blogs at the end of this post. This blog hop took place Jan. 29th, Feb. 26th & Apr. 1st of 2016


Hey all & Welcome!

It's that time already - time for the great reveal of my jewelry line.  I have come up with over a hundred potential future designs since the beginning of this challenge (pretty soon I will need a new sketch book!) and I am eagerly looking forward to creating all of them in the future. 

Almost there!

As I mentioned in both part one and part two of this blog hop, this challenge is a diversion from what I normally create. While my style tends to be folk art inspired, this time I chose to work completely out of my comfort zone with a vintage / retro 1960's theme. This theme was not the earthy, organic, hippie style of the 60's but rather the geometric, minimalistic, futuristic Mod style of the 60's.

Remember these beads? Starting this afternoon I will begin listing some of these beautiful beads I have been sharing on my Etsy Shop. Yes, you can get in on the action too!

It was fun! It was challenging! It was good to try something new!

My Line

If you paid attention to my intro picture - I was wearing it! With 60's 'do and makeup to boot ( go ahead scroll back up - I'll wait)

For my final challenge pieces I have chosen to go with a minimalistic style true to the 60's with an authentic 60's color palette. Narrowing it down was hard!

For me this is a no fuss line. Every bead is interchangeable with any other shape or color bead. Mix and match the pieces to fit your taste!

For someone who is not primarily a jewelry designer, a no fuss line is a perfect starter line.

For these challenge pieces I took into consideration the pricing pyramid and tailored pieces that would fit at everyone's budget.

From simple earrings to an elaborate long length necklace - there is a little something for everyone.

What would I wear most often? Any of the earrings and the long necklace definitely.

I like jewelry that can be thrown on quickly but has a big impact.


Over the last three months I have tried many interesting designs and failed, as well as happily came up with the designs needed for this challenge and other amazing pieces I am not including in this challenge. No one said it was going to be easy, did they?!

I am so proud of myself and all who participated in this challenge with me. We are awesome!

I will be writing a blog post later this month focusing on the trials and tribulations I faced during this challenge and showing a more in depth look at the work I have been creating - the BALC challenge may be over today, but the challenge as a designer never ends.

For a behind the scenes look of my jewelry line - updates, giveaways & deals from my studio - sign up for my Bead Club Newsletter.


I invite you to come check out all of my ceramic beads

Use Code BALC16 for 16% off

at Butterfly Emporium on Etsy

To pick up some of your own awesome components from B'Sue Boutiques click here.


Follow along with the hop!


Brenda Sue Lansdowne Jewelry Making Outside the Box

<<<<YOU ARE HERE>>>>

Diana Buynak Butterfly Emporium Ceramic Studio


Irene Hoffman, Heart's Dezire by Irene


Clare Wells Nemeth, Creative Magick


Mary Reckmeyer, Afrayed Not


Marcia Tuzzolino, Aurora Designs


Elizabeth Wilks, Wearable Art by Lizzie


Jeanette Rose Belmont, One Canvas At A Time


Lyn Joy Reeve, A Journey From Jewels To Jubilation


Beth Trubman, The Journey of Jewelry


Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate


Jann Tague, Clever Designs by Jann


Shari Gardner, SLG Jewelry Designs


Susan Bolton, Fern's Place


Chris Kemp, Noodle Pie Bracelets


Susan Bowerman, Woodside Wireworks


Pamela Anger, Novegatti Designs


Joan Donovan, Hailey's Cottage


Alison Huie, Ally's Baubles


Sharon Palac, Sharon's Jewelry Garden


Erica Olmos, Beeb's Closet


Erin Whitacre, Shattered Time Jewelry


Fran Sitton, Sitton Up Front


Ginger Hammond, Lynn Leigh Designs


Paula Gaskill, Lovely LaylaBug Jewels


Mary Deis, The Rose Sword


Renee Webb Allen, Small Stuff Design


Valerie Tilghman, ArtJewelsandGifts


Chris Cravens, Vintage Cravens


Leslie Carver, Adorn Divine Designs


Donna Parry, JewelryDonna


Gina-Marie Hammer, Tangles, Twists and Treasures


Kelly Wymer, Winged Wisdom Enchantments






You nailed that "sixties

You nailed that "sixties vibe" both in the jewelry and the eye shadow! So clever. I love the airiness of your pieces, toss it on and rock and roll. Perfect~ Well done.

Love that there are so many

Love that there are so many different colors~ the pieces you created go with any and everything!! Great job!

Thank you for sharing your

Thank you for sharing your experience as a participant of the Build a line challenge class.. You have made it- congratulation. It looks great, just exactly the 60 ties.

Wonderful line. I love the

Wonderful line. I love the retro mod feel to your jewelry. Great versatility, I have enjoyed your perspective in the class.

Wonderful pieces. So mod and

Wonderful pieces. So mod and wearable with anything. I love the colors. Awesome Line!


I can see this line going in many different directions. Love all the colors and the designs

I love your new line! It

I love your new line! It looks very versatile and fun to wear!

Lovely color with simple

Lovely color with simple lines. Well done.

Final Reveal--we made it.

I love the hair and make-up, and your designs look unique, but retro too...great job.

I just love airy and colorful

I just love airy and colorful simplistic design of your line it's so much fun, very well done XOXO!

Great blog Diana! You hit the

Great blog Diana! You hit the 60's on the head. I love the minimalistic look of your designs. They will look great worn with almost everything, plain or patterned. And they provide a great pop of color.
So many of us had struggles to deal with and overcome. You did fantastic!

Girl you did it! Congrats.

Girl you did it! Congrats. Love all the colors you used for your line.

Diana, You Line of

You Line of Jewelry is Very Nice.
Reading about You as a Ceramic Arist, I can really appreciate !
I am also a ceramic & China painting & porcelain artist. I have never made any ceramic beads for jewelry, although I have done many sculpted projects. I can appreciate all the work involved.
Best Wishes in All of Your Projects !

Groovy, Baby!

Your new line is smashing, Diana! I love the colors you chose for your beads and really like how you put them together with the loops in your pieces. Nicely done!

Great Job!!

Hey fellow Michigander! You made it!! Love your MOD look, Girl!! You did a great job of making a simplistic, colorful 60's look with your line!

By the way, did you know your sweet ceramic birds made it in yesterday's Etsy Finds email? I just double checked before I posted here.

Best wishes on going forward! ;)

Catherine S.

You rocked the sixties for

You rocked the sixties for certain! Love the beads and yes....this was hard! A lot of my designs ended up on the cutting room floor :)

You rocked the sixties for

You rocked the sixties for certain! Love the beads and yes....this was hard! A lot of my designs ended up on the cutting room floor :)

Love the retro look of your

Love the retro look of your collection. Very pretty colors.

Well done, my dear!

I think you have done an amazing job in realizing your goal and getting where you wanted to go with this challenge. And it was nifty for you to include the photos of YOU modeling YOUR jewelry. What a cutie!

Retro look

Diana, love that you modeled the jewelry you made. I was in high school and college in the 60s and you brought back some great memories with the colors and style.

Good job! Your beads are

Good job! Your beads are lovely.

Great design and so wearable!

Great design and so wearable!

Girl you rocked that 60s

Girl you rocked that 60s look! I love all your beautifully colored beads. I love that you modeled your own jewelry. You truly captured the look from the cover of a vintage vogue magazine. I know your line is going to do very well. ;D

Third Blog Hop

Looks like you really did your research on the color palette - the beads are fresh and fun and the no fuss style of the line should appeal to everybody! Great job!

What a very groovy line,

What a very groovy line, Diana! You really nailed the '60s feel and cohesiveness in your line, and those beads are fantastic! Way to go! ;)

Very nice line of jewelry

Very nice line of jewelry Diana. You did a wonderful job.


Love your line and the look!

Nice Post!

I really liked how you combined your beads with the metal to make your line. Your jewelry is so creative!

Love all the colorful beads!

Love all the colorful beads! Great job!

Blog Hop #3


I was immediately taken back to the 60's when I saw your picture and I love the beads. I want to buy enough beads to make a long necklace. I would never know that you were working outside of your comfort zone by what you made. Fantastic work!

Good job

I love the 60's vibe of this line and you awesome make up and hair as well. Looking forward to seeing what else you do in the future.

What a Wonderful Post and a Great Line!

Diana, first, let me just say that I am not a 60s Mod sort of girl. I would never wear the type of jewelry you made, because I just don't like that style. HOWEVER - YOU have CHANGED my mind! I totally LOVE every piece you've shown!

It might be interesting, at some point, to discuss the "prejudices" we sometimes develop around our own personal styles, because it's clear to me that I have some. I've never liked fashion from that era, I've never liked the hard lines, the particular colors that are in use, or the gigantic patterns. But for some reason, your line just totally works for me. On a personal level, I can see myself wearing every one of your pieces.

On a professional level, I would have to say that you completely nailed it out of the park on all levels. Construction, design - everything! And I love how you themed the post to match your release by changing your look and including pictures. GREAT job!

Diana, I would definitely

Diana, I would definitely wear each and every one of your pieces! They are very easy pieces to wear, and I think I would be tempted to wear the earrings every single day! Great job.


Your beads are fun and almost look like candy (sorry, Brenda has me thinking of food now. :) )

You nailed the look, I agree, makeup and all!

Love what you have done with

Love what you have done with this line! So many options with color that I think it will sell to a lot of people!

Great job Diana!!! I would

Great job Diana!!! I would love wearing all of the lovely pieces you designed!!! How nice it is that you are able to design and make your own beads. I am looking forward to staying in touch.
I wish you success in all your endeavors! JewelryDonna

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
To help us prevent spam, please prove you're human by typing the words you see here.