Nunn Design Heart Earrings with Crystal Clay and Birthstone Chatons

A few weeks ago I put together these elegant heart earrings using Nunn Design’s grande heart pendants (left) and traditional heart pendants (right). I love the smaller traditional hearts because the back of them have beautiful, detailed engraved leaves and vines, perfect for a romantic dinner out. The grande hearts are large and bold – definitely some statement earrings for a special occasion!

heart-nunnbirthstoneearrings The grande heart pendants are pretty big, at least 2.5″ long. With the addition of black Crystal Clay and the chatons, they do become heavy enough to not want to wear for longer than a few hours, perhaps to a special occasion event. The heaviness was disappointing, but I’m willing to try again using resin instead, which may be lighter than the clay. Regardless, they look absolutely awesome on! It was hard to capture the vibrant sparkle of the chatons in the photo. They really glitter in the sunlight!

I really enjoyed creating them and it was great to learn how to use the clay while positioning the ruby and black chatons. To begin the chaton placement, I started in the middle and worked my way to the outer edges, using a star pattern which I alternated between the black and ruby chatons. Be sure to wipe the chatons with a baby wipe before the clay dries, just in case the beeswax toothpick (used for placement) picks up a little smudge here or there. The ear wires I used were the basic gold ear wire with a ball at the end, also from Nunn Design. The large loop on these ear wires made it easy to attach directly to the heart loop without making it longer by adding extra jump rings.

For the smaller, traditional heart pendant earrings, I used gold Crystal Clay and the ruby birthstone chatons. I also started in the middle with the placement of these chatons. Note, though, that the gold clay does not sparkle and shine on its own, however – before I put the chatons in I dusted the outside with Perfect Pearls heirloom gold powder, using a soft paintbrush to apply. This really added a nice effect to the finish, and I would suggest doing this for all Crystal Clay if you want to add a little something extra to your jewelry. The Perfect Pearls powders are available in many gorgeous colors to complement any clay you choose. Add on those red Swarovski crystal ear wires and they’re done!

Hope you enjoy creating with Crystal Clay & Nunn Design as much as I did!

Happy creating,

Stephanie

 

 

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Nunn Design Bezel Bracelets

So easy to make, and the best part is that these bracelets can be made personal and unique!

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These two pictured bracelets were made with the large and small circle bezel bracelets, glass domes, and a collage sheet for the small one and glitter for the large one. Nunn Design silicone glue puts it all together.

For the small one I chose a collage sheet with coordinated images, and I used a small punch to punch out the images, then glued them in, putting a generous coat on the top of the image and dropping the glass dome down on top. I like to wiggle the dome a bit to get it properly seated and work out any air bubbles. Set aside and let the glue dry overnight. That’s it! Once the glue dries, it is permanent and ready to wear.

For the large bezel bracelet I put a generous layer of glue down and then sprinkled glitter over the glue, dropping the glass dome in on top of it and wiggling around to work out any trapped air. Again, let it dry over night and voilà! You have a sparkly bracelet, ready to wear, or give as a gift. So easy! You can make it even more personal by using images that have meaning to you, from your own artwork or pictures, maybe theme oriented, like the small bracelet or color coordinated to match a particular outfit or theme.

Happy creating!

Pam

Create Unique Jewelry for Proms & Weddings

After being away for a couple of years, every once in a while I come across something in the shop that I have never seen before, and can’t believe I’ve just discovered it now!

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The pave drops are absolutely gorgeous! As wedding season is upon us, I think these are a perfect component for formal wedding wear. The crystal pave drop or the crystal AB pave drop make wonderful bridal earrings, when the other colors of pave drops would be great to accent the bridesmaid dresses. Or perhaps you have a wedding to attend and want your jewelry to look as pretty as the wedding party…these could be perfect for you as well.

Materials Used for these earrings:

2 x Pave Drop – Crystal

1 pair x Ear Wire Lever back Large Oval Antique Silver

4 x 4mm White Pearls

2 x 8mm Princess Cut Crystal Moonlight

2 x 1.5″ Headpin 21G Antique Silver

3” x  Titanium 20GA Wire

Directions:

1.  Cut approximately 1½” of wire. Create a simple loop on one end. Slide on a pearl, a princess crystal, and then another pearl. Trim the wire if needed, and create a simple loop at the end to complete your link. Repeat this for the other earring.

2. Slide your pave bead onto the headpin and complete the top with a wrapped loop. Repeat this for the other earring.

3. Open a simple loop on the end of the link you’ve created and attach the pave drop. Open the other simple loop on the opposite end of the link you’ve created, and attach this to the earwire. Repeat for the other earring.

Variations:

I chose to use lever back earrings, as I like the classy look they provide, but changing the ear wire can change the look quite easily depending on your preference. The colors that the pave drops come in are truly spectacular. Create something unique to match your dress, or the bridesmaid dresses. If you require a large quantity for the wedding party, please order early to allow time for us to special order them in for you. I also think the pave drops could be worked into a cute matching formal necklace. Get creative with them! With all of the faceted crystal in these drops, they are sure to draw attention and sparkle in your lovely designs!

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The Nunn Design line of products continues to be more of a favorite of mine with each set of new items they introduce. Recently, they began offering some new jeweled charms that I am quite fond of. The ornate mini crystal charms seemed to be a great component for simple formal jewelry. Whether it is prom, a wedding you are attending, or a wedding you are planning, I think these simple earrings could fit just what you are looking for. Experiment with how different they could look with a smaller ear wire, or purchase a third ornate mini crystal charm to put on a chain and you have an instant formal jewelry set. I chose to use kidney ear wires for these as I like the longer, more dramatic look.

Take a look at the other jeweled charms in the Nunn Design line to create other simple formal earrings mixing up the style of ear wire to suite your taste.

Happy creating!

Shelly

 

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Steam Punk Hearts

For today’s project I decided to go with a steam punk theme, using Nunn Design Heart Bezels with some watch parts in a couple of different ways. The creativity of steam punk fashion is exciting and edgy – easy to by inspired by!

The first pendant I made using Gel du Soleil UV Resin. I used the heart punch to punch a piece of scrapbook paper for the background, but you could really use any background you want. I think a page out of a book would make a great background too. Using Nunn Design Glue to glue the paper down and to seal the image, let this dry for a couple of hours before filling the pendant with watch parts and Gel du Soleil UV Resin.

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One thing I very much appreciate about using the UV Resin is that it will not start hardening or curing until you put it under the UV light, giving you limitless time to work with it and get things arranged just how you want them. For this project, that really came in handy. I added a thin layer of resin, then added some watch pieces. I decided that trimming off the back post parts to many of the watch parts I was using was a good idea, so I stopped to do that (be very careful! the tiny posts on the watch parts can be sharp and teeny tiny!).

I continued adding a little more resin and more parts until things started looking how I wanted, using a toothpick to arrange the watch parts as I went along. It was a fun and enjoyable process as I was able to take my time, not feeling rushed. When you are satisfied with the way everything is arranged, place the resin pendant in the UV Lamp, letting it cure for about 20 minutes .

The second pendant was equally as fun, using Crystal Clay to set the tiny watch parts into. Crystal clay gives you at least an hour before it really starts to get too hard to work with; you have plenty of time to fool around with all the tiny pieces and arrange them. I found that I trimmed just the end of the posts on many of these little parts so that I could stick them into the clay, but they were not too long that I could push them all the way in. It was really a good time adding and arranging until finally choosing the details of the finished piece.

I choose to use rollo chain on both necklaces as I felt this was a good look for the pieces. Since the rollo chain is not fused, I did open the links of chain to attach the clasps as well as to attach the pendants to the chain. It can be a little tricky, especially with the thicker rollo chain, as it can be harder to bend back to the correct shape. I’ve found if you take your time it usually works out just fine, and I really like the uniform look of the thick chain links attaching the pendant rather than a jumpring. Of course you can use jump rings or anything you would like in a project like this.

Below is a materials list for these two projects.

Happy creating, everyone!

Shelly

Materials for Copper Heart With Resin:

1 x Heart Grande Pendant Antique Copper

18” x Chain – Rolo (4.5mm) Antiqued Copper Plated

1 x Clasp Set – Lock & Key Antique Copper

Watch Parts

Gel du Soleil UV Resin

Nunn Design Silicone Glue

Punch ~ Heart – 2 x 1-1/16

Scrapbook paper, paper from a book, or whatever you choose to use!

Materials For Gold Heart with Crystal Clay:

1 x Heart Grande Pendant Antique Gold

18” x 7mm Rolo Chain Antique Silver

1 x Clasp Set – Anna 3/4″ Antique Gold

Crystal Clay ~ Blue Skies 25 grams

Watch Parts