B’sue Boutiques CHANGE IT UP Blog Hop, September 25, 2015


Hello all you beautiful people.  The day has arrived for the B’sue Boutiques “Change It Up” Blog Hop and the final reveal. Before I get started I would like to take a moment to enlighten you all on what has been going on with me these past few months.  At the beginning of the year I was investing my time in finalizing my father’s estate and completed that in June of this year. Along with that I was visiting and helping a sister of mine going through some health issues.  Lastly, of course, I take care of my 3-1/2 year old grandson during the week.  All of these matters precluded me from participating in the group as I would have liked to.  Sometimes that’s what life is all about.  I’m back in the game now and ready and raring to go.

I am very excited to be participating in my first B’sue Boutiques Blog Hop and reveal to you the vintage piece I have created.  Participants have been given a list of components to choose from to create their jewelry.


B’sue Boutiques Stampings

My component of choice is CUFF09815.  I have used this component on several of my pieces and in different metals.  I love this cuff, however, the majority of the time I cut the cuff in half and work it up as a pendant/necklace.  I have never been disappointed.

I have chosen to make a vintage choker/necklace.  Components are pictured below.


The cuff has been cut in half with metal shears and coated with Ivory Iced Enamel. The focal is an oval MOP Cabachon in a Vintage Mount and Cameo with a layer of B’sue filigree leaves nestled around the mount. Cold connected to the bottom of the cuff is a B’sue Raw Brass Bow Stamping and suspended from the bow stamping is a Teardrop Pearl that I found in my stash and it worked beautifully.

Ivory Iced Enamel Cuff, MOP Cabachon in Vintage Mount with Cameo, Raw Brass Bow, Teardrop Pearl

Ivory Iced Enamel Cuff, MOP Cabachon in Vintage Mount with Cameo, Raw Brass Bow, Teardrop Pearl

The 18″ neckchain was worked up with B’sue Book Chain, 4mm Czech Glass Pearls and size 11 gold lined seed beads that are woven through the book chain.  The pearl section is 5-1/2″ with another 3″ section of book chain. I have made several bracelets very similar to this pattern and they are just gorgeous and feel like liquid.

Book Chain Neckchain (book chain, 4mm glass pearls, size 11 gold lined seed beads)

Book Chain Neckchain (book chain, 4mm glass pearls, size 11 gold lined seed beads)

The neckchain is connected to the focal with two B’sue Boutiques 16mm Raw Brass Circlets.  So, without further ado, I would like to reveal to you my Vintage Pearl Cameo Choker Necklace.  She is a beauty.

Vintage Pearl Cameo Choker Necklace Irene Hoffman, Heart's Dezire

Vintage Pearl Cameo Choker Necklace
Irene Hoffman, Heart’s Dezire

Vintage Pearl Cameo Choker Necklace Irene Hoffman, Heart's Dezire

Vintage Pearl Cameo Choker Necklace
Irene Hoffman, Heart’s Dezire

I would also like to share one of my passions, Polymer Clay Creating.  I love working with polymer clay, making flower canes and creating flower assemblages.  I would also like to share some of my past assemblages with you.




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I have recently opened an ETSY shop, Hearts Dezire by Irene, which is in the very beginning stage. I have a few items listed and a big pile of my creations that are ready to be added to my store.  So in a few days I would appreciate it if you take a minute to visit my shop and give me a “Like.” https://www.etsy.com/shop/HeartsDezireByIrene.  Many listings to come. Thank you in advance.  

Blog Hop sponsored by B’sue Boutiques, http://www.bsueboutiques.com B’sue Boutiques is also the supply site and sponsor of our group, the B’Sue Boutiques Creative Group.

Be sure to visit the blogs of all the participants in this blog hop.  You are going to be amazed at all the beautiful creations.

My Links:

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HeartsDezireByIrene

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hearts-Dezire

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/HeartsDezire/hearts-dezire-irenes-jewelry-designs/

WordPress:  heartsdezirebyirene.wordpress.com

List of September 25th Blog Hoppers:

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


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


58 thoughts on “B’sue Boutiques CHANGE IT UP Blog Hop, September 25, 2015

  1. ParisienneGirl says:

    Irene, I always adore your fabulous, romantic pieces 💟 you never disappoint! You’re choker has olde world charm and timeless appeal. Brava!


  2. Janet Calardo says:

    Irene, your creation is just beautiful. I love it. The polymer clay designs are some of the most unique and wonderful that I have seen. Beautiful , my friend. Enjoyed reading your blog, both the personal side and about the lovely jewelry.


  3. You are so amazing! Your work is always stunning. I’m glad you are at the point where you can get back to enjoying the making. I’m sorry you have had so many things going on. I hope you are taking care of YOU. ❤


  4. Irene, oh my goodness, I am truly in awe of your challenge piece. It is gorgeous. I love the colors–they are subtle and elegant–and the neck treatment is the perfect, perfect, perfect finish! I adore it! Great blog post, too. I can relate to the juggling act we do. And again, congratulations on a truly beautiful piece. It is a work of art!


  5. LOVE what you did with the bookchain, this is just perfect….so fluid and finished. Gorgeous work, Irene….as always. So glad you were able to join us this time, never the same without you.


  6. Shari Lynn Gardner says:

    I love what you did with the bookchain. I am thinking I may try that sometime, my way of course, but I really like yours, its inspiring.


  7. This piece looks like a museum piece!! Nestling the leaves around the cameo is a super idea and that chain is to die for! I would love to know how to make that if you’d ever want to share! I bet it took some time to do, but it makes your necklace totally pop. Beautiful! :):)


  8. Belinda says:

    Irene your creations are stunning, I love your necklace with all the beautiful pearls and seed beads I absolutely love your polymer creations! Your flowers are off the charts “Gorgeous”! 😀


  9. Susan Bolton says:

    Irene, I have admired your work before I knew about B’Sue’s Creative Group. I discovered your work on Pinterest. It is hard for me to comprehend that those beautiful flowers are made of clay. I am just beginning to work with clay and I can only hope to be half as good as you. Like I said before, you inspire me.


    • Oh Susan I am honored. Thank you so much. You are going to be a great clay artist. We all start somewhere sometime. I only started working with clay 2 years ago when I attended the first B’sue Workshop and was taught by Christy Friesen. I took off after that making flower assemblages and I will probably not venture too far from that. I truly enjoy it.


  10. That is so pretty! Your chain would make a gorgeous co-ordinating bracelet too, the pearls are just gorgeous with the book chain. I have to say too, Love love love your sunflowers!


  11. Chi says:

    Your piece is stunning! I love the neck chain, it is the perfect compliment to your pendant – your work on that was amazing. Love that you did a choker – I am a huge fan of that length! Your clay pieces are exceptional. The flowers are just beautiful!


  12. This necklace is truly lovely, Irene. It looks like a wonderful antique at an auction. Your design is perfect, and perfectly executed. You are extremely talented. I love what you made, and I’m glad you found time to participate in the challenge.


  13. First I love the design very well thought out and vintage looking. Second I would love to learn how to make that chain. I just love it. Third I love al of your polymer clay jewelry and the flowers are awesome. And finally your shop looks great and I still love the upside down hearts. They are so cute.

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