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You'll find me in a messy workshop down in Southern Ohio!
B'sue is a jewelry designer/vendor of unique components/nurturer of creativity..... with a full warehouse of cool beads, stones, findings....and lots of great ideas to share.
Interests: I LOVE to make jewelry! I started out in the late 80's as an antiques dealer specializing in vintage jewelry....but by the early 90's I was designing my own with 500 store accounts! In time, however, I found it much more gratifying to share the things I had learned and continue the creative journey with others who wanted to make jewelry, too, so in 1997 B'sue Boutiques appeared for the first time on the internet. Check out our instructional videos at, just punch in bsueboutiques into the search box. You can keep up with us via our weekly newsletter, too, where customer questions are answered, new stock is discussed along with a restock list, interesting tips I've picked up as well as other inspiration for your creativity. Just sign up in the box at the bottom of the homepage at, give it a try, you can unsub anytime if you need to and just keep up with us on the blog....or come back later!
Recent Activity
It's been such a crazy good time, unearthing all the beautiful old pieces from The 1928 Jewelry Company. Mel Bernie, CEO and driving force behind this beloved jewelry line has become such a friend! He is always finding vintage photos and pieces to share with me. Here and there, I talk him into making the pieces again, so that collectors may enjoy them. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
It's been the thrill of a lifetime to get to explore the vintage archives at 1928 Jewelry Company. Not only was I allowed to spend days studying over their library of over 35,000 castings....but now, we are working on exploring... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
I'm not huge into resin but I'm awfully glad I'm not afraid of it. I have had some great successes with it and have always enjoyed using Ice Resin more that other resins. Quite some time ago I was introduced to Magic-Glos which is a one part resin that needs UV light to cure. Joy, joy, joy, you DON'T have to mix it and get it right. YES!!! And under the light it will cure in under ten minutes, quite hard. In short, it's an instant gratification type crafts product. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
Looks like somebody's got a great Work Table Wednesday going on! Well, it was a little more than that. When our friend and polymer clay artist, Paula Gaskill, passed away suddenly just a couple of weeks ago....she left a very important job unfinished. A big wedding was coming up in the family! Paula had promised to make the hair ornaments and the bride's jewelry, as well as other things. Only part of the job was done. The items on the table above are the beautiful roses and leaves that Paula had made to finish the work. After getting over the initial shock of losing her, one of the first things that some of Paula's creative friends asked was how would the wedding jewelry get finished? Only a few weeks remained, and there really was no one in the family to do it. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
Such a talent our friend, Paula Gaskill, had for making roses from polymer clay. Don't they just look like spun sugar? Masterful at blending color, she could make them in any color you wanted. It brought her such joy! I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
The 2017 Build a Line challenge began in mid-January. So far, we've been examining our style, what it says about us as artisan-designers, and trying to identify our customer. For many, some of concepts are things that can't be answered in a just a few days. It might well be a process. That's the purpose of the class, to re-route thinking and help the artist to discover which path to take. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
There's a line from the song, "Happy Talk", which is part of the score of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical SOUTH PACIFIC. It goes something like this: "Happy Talk, keep talkin' happy talk, Talk about things you'd like to do, You got to have a dream, If you don't have a dream... How you gonna have a dream come true?" Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
Once upon a time there was a wistful young girl who had no idea what she wanted, or any idea who she was. Funny thing about that girl, though: she knew she'd figure it out. Life is full of possibilities. There's a line from the move "Arthur" that always struck me. Arthur (Dudley Moore) was a dilatory, spoiled millionaire who drank too much and had to be waited on head to foot, by his trusty butler. He made aquaintance with a common, lower-class young woman, I can't remember her name now or how he met her, but she was played by Liza Minelli. (1981 version) Anyway: he was dumbstruck by booze and having never done anything with his life, and she was dumbstruck by the POSSIBILITIES in life. In one scene they are riding along in his limosine (I think!) and she is looking out the window, into the sky. Eventually Arthur asks her what was so interesting out there. She said: "When I was young, I thought the moon followed me." Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
If anyone would like to join us in getting the word out about the class, which commences January 9, 2017......we would really be obliged! THANK YOU There are still spots left in the class. DO NOT assume the class is filled, 'cuz it isn't, quite! YOU can still come and be a part of this most-excellent exercise. Doesn't matter how new you are to jewelry craft....learning to build cohesively is so important, and the earlier you learn in your journey, the better off you are. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
Image's about that time again! The application process for this year's Build a Line Master Challenge Class begins Monday, November 14, 2017. I will accept approximately 35 students into class. Alumni are welcome to join us again, and this year we have option for a few who are more comfortable auditing the class. I will accept students up until the end of December if we still have openings so if you still need a bit of time to decide, it's fine. The only thing is, the sooner you sign up, the better your chance of having the choice of theme you'd like to do for your project pieces. More about that in the application blog post, and continuing, below. Also, you must be a member of the B'sue Boutiques Creative Group at Facebook But what IS Build a Line, or BALC, as we call it? Do you know where you stand as far as your jewelry craft experience is concerned? Have you any concept of which stage you've met in your journey? Are you a hobbyist, a maker....a production designer? Do you work in many types of media? If you there one that speaks your artistic voice louder than the others? Have you found ONE COHESIVE LOOK that identifies you and pulls everything you do together? Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
As time goes on, all jewelry makers become acutely aware of the need to pull in and tighten up. They must progress and learn to brand their work by making it recognizable. They need to think hard about who their key customer is and what that customer would want....and how they can provide that for them. That goes not only to the work itself but the way we present our work. This is why once a year for three months, I present the BUILD A LINE MASTER CHALLENGE CLASS. Via this class you will discover there may well be new and better ways to make money with your jewelry design, than what you are currently doing. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
It's so HARD to get organized to get anything done! So many of us have piles of things we have ordered, or have begun to move around in our work space. And alas, nothing is happening yet. That includes MY work space! Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
Time to introduce the next two-month challenge, troops! The Ebony Black color palette is pure drama. Rich with several shades of cream, chocolate and taupe can be used on the base matte black color. We have a full selection of beautiful matte black brass at B'sue Boutiques from which to select your key focals to build on. Get ready to create! Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
It's easy to begin to think that our creative path is just all leading downhill, especially when things get slow in the summertime. Easy to think that way, not necessarily true. It's probably really going forward....incrementally. The trick is to get it going in a straight line..... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
Choxie brass is back, and it's a hot design ticket found at B'sue Boutiques Have you tried it yet? If not.....why not join us for the July/August summer palette challenge.....using chocolate brass and these HOT hot-cha-cha colors! Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
Rose Montees are that little something extra that makes a vintage style wire assemblage pop. Originally used in the clothing industry much like one would use sequins or other trims, rose montees were often found sewn onto dress collars or decorated sweaters of the 40's and 50's. Then someone out there found that HEY, they were a great addition to a wire collage, or a caged piece. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
I'm playing around here today at making a new photo station in my studio. I decided I would like to have one to photo jewelry that I have made, one that is permanently set up down there in the workshop. At the same time it has to be something that's not in my way, taking my creative space. I have a nice mannequin, just a half body to the waist, that I picked up when a store went out of business. Fits on my counter just right, and it's fun to dress up. And it swivels, too! Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
My favorite piece of vintage jewelry is this lovely Miriam Haskell brooch. It has provided many an inspiring moment for me, ever since it came into my possession almost twenty years ago and is a beautiful example of cagework beading, using wire. Cagework beading, or vintage assemblage with wire is a way to use beads, bibs and bobs by attaching them to plated brass filigree with 28 gauge plated wire. Here are some I'd been working on....none are finished: Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
Are you drooling yet? It doesn't matter if you like vintage jewelry or not. These days many people are into recycling, upcycling, redesigning, and taking apart old pieces to make something else. I've done plenty of it myself! I first got interested in the assemblage or collage art form many years ago, several years after I started picking and selling vintage jewelry. There were always broken pieces to throw back, and I saw photos of things people were making from broken jewelry. There were articles in VICTORIA magazine, one of my favorites! about memory jewelry and recreating wearable things from bits of the past. And of my vintage customers told me about Wendy Gell. When I first saw Wendy's jewelry, I was mesmerized. She happened to be in just the right place, just the right time in history for her collaged 'wristies" and funky big brooches to make it big. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
The smiling, beaming faces say it all.... We were tired from all the learning, friendship and fun.... but glowing with happiness. B'sue Boutiques Workshops are a time to learn, but to learn in great company among friends who seem more like family. Of course, this was Christi Friesen year, so the 'kids' were bouncing off the walls with excitement to see Christi again. She didn't let them down! Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
When you have happy campers like this, preparing a teaching event is a joy. But I won't lie! It's a bunch of work. Honestly, I think planning a wedding would be easier. In the long run, though, the more you do it, the easier it gets, especially when you work with the staff at The Dutch Village Inn in Columbiana, Ohio. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
It's Work Table Wednesday! And oh....what a lovely, lovely mess..... All of my favorites are here....bumpy cream colored pearls, Czech tulip beads, ball end head pins, my Wolfie pliers, more pearls! 28 gauge wire.....and Russian Gold Plated brass stampings and filigree. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
When I had my garden way back in what seems another lifetime, I ALWAYS grew cosmos. And I loved the purple ones. Purple cosmos remind me of the movie, The Color Purple. There is a scene in the movie where the characters Shug and Celie walk through a field of purple wildflowers, some of them cosmos. Shug tells Miss Celie, "The color purple just cries out, waitin' to be loved... I think it @#*$$ God off if you walk by and don't notice the color purple!" Yes indeed, maybe so. How much simple beauty we miss because we are digging so deep for some kind of intellectual inspiration! All we need to do is take a walk outside. Listen. Look. Pay attention.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
Ever wonder....why am I even here? You know, the last year I had my shop, I asked myself that DAILY. It became more and more apparent that while I had done all I could to make my shop space in the front of our building appealing....the location just STUNK! And what a shame, too, as the shop itself was like a doll's house. Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box
After three months of diligent work, the members of the Build-a-Line Master Class are finally ready to share the lines they have created with the world! Not only that, doubtless many have reached some conclusions about where they are going and what they will do, going forward. Some have found they are quite content where they are, enjoying jewelry making as a hobby and perhaps selling a bit of work here and there to help defray costs. This class has helped them to understand what is really required to build and sustain a line of jewelry that sells well, and it might be more work than they wish or need to do. There's nothing wrong with being a hobbyist; honestly, I think that's a wonderful place to be. For these ones, the class helped them to understand the arduous process, make a decision, and at the same time, how better to pull their work as artists together. Others are ready to go to the next level....really diving into jewelry making, being ready for shows, home parties, and consignment opportunities. They've learned how to clean up their online selling presence and make their brand more visible. Some have learned for the first time what a brand really IS. I daresay we also have a few students whose intent to make a solid business plan, and then, become very serious makers with their eyes on that elusive brass ring. They wish to be jewelry designers, build what they do into a solid sideline business or even their primary business. There was a time when that was all a dream for me.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Jewelry Making Outside The Box