Today we are very pleased to introduce you to Nunn Designs a company created by designer Becky Nunn which offers gorgeous handcrafted jewellery findings.
We came across Nunn Designs at CHA earlier this month and were very impressed with their creations. Although all the pieces were displayed in the form of jewellery, what struck us was how easily the products could cross over into our paper crafting, hand crafted home decor and mixed media work. While the projects that Becky and designer Cheryl Spector created are in the form of jewellery, they can easily be adapted for other uses as well – attaching them to altered journals and books, embedding them in mixed media canvases, using them as charms in altered art etc.
What we really loved about the Nunn Design projects is that there were so many different levels of difficulty. Personally I have been considering trying my hand at jewellery making for awhile now, but always felt quite intimidated. In visiting the Nunn Design booth, Becky made it seem so approachable and so do-able. You’ll see that in the projects being featured today, as well as in the video tutorial. We specifically asked Becky to showcase projects that would be great starter projects for those of you wanting to dip your feet into this fun new world.
The Nunn Design website is their wholesale site for online retailers. We’ve linked to it so that you can easily view their entire product line in one place. There are numerous places where you can purchase Nunn Design products including Etsy and many other online stores. Click on the link HERE and it will take you to the Nunn Designs product locater page on their site.
The website also includes videos on each of their collections. Click HERE to view each collection.
And, we also have a special give-a-way for you!! Please leave a comment below this blog post about Nunn Designs and you enter to win a chance to win the fabulous give-a-way pictured below. A few samples of Nunn Design products.
Remember, each comment you leave is one entry, so be sure to visit today not only for the great project idea, but also to enter your name into our give-aways.
About Nunn Designs
It began in the expansive wilds of Alaska. There, in the land of the midnight sun, Rebecca Nunn first discovered her budding sensibilities as an artist, and entrepreneur. Shaped by the unhurried passage of time and breathtaking natural beauty around her, Rebecca developed a deep love for the road less traveled — the unrushed exploration of hidden byways, beckoning with undiscovered treasures. This, coupled with a burning desire to craft and create became the foundation for what would one day be Nunn Design® . Drawn into the wider world at age 17, Rebecca received a scholarship that brought her to the north of Italy where she lived for 12 months as a foreign exchange student. There, she was surrounded by brand new forms of beauty, and a sensory richness she’d never before experienced: the enchantment of Renaissance iconography, gilt metal hooks, skeleton keys, gold leaf frames, antique clocks, and the moment-to-moment flow of artistic exploration. It was a year that changed Rebecca’s life, and fueled her full immersion into graphic design, art, and entrepreneurship. Adventures to Australia, Bali, and other parts of Europe followed over the ensuing years, each trip yielding new inspirations. Ultimately, Rebecca returned to the Pacific Northwest filled with the passion to create a special kind of company — one that would foster connection, build community, and facilitate the creation of beauty.
Today, Nunn Design® is the realization of that dream: a small company, producing findings of the highest quality, with generational artisans based in the United States. Our vibrant, extended family produces uniquely classic, handcrafted pieces, each individually inspected down to the detail. And all of this is driven by Nunn Design® brand’s commitment to supporting the individuality and creative vision of each of you, our esteemed customers and enthusiasts. We are devoted to fostering the inspired expression of your distinctive voice. And we are honored and delighted to help you follow your art.
Nunn Design Creations
Today we have with us Nunn Design Designer Becky Nunn and design team member Cheryl Spector. You will find their projects below, but first here is a little bit about each of them:
Becky Nunn’s mission as the founder and owner of Nunn Design is; “Through collaborative relationships, Nunn Design inspires and nurtures creativity”. Becky believes that everyone is creative and that we are born with natural abilities and a desire to express ourselves in some creative form or another.
To be inspired and nurtured, visit Nunn Design at www.nunndesign.com
Cheryl lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her partner (now fiancé) and their toy poodle, LuCee.
She is a member of the Nunn Design Team and has been a life-long crafter. Cheryl enjoys creative expression in many forms – cooking, decorating, making stuff, and now jewelry making – the process of creating brings her happiness and joy.
Nunn Designs Jewelry
There are three pieces below. This first piece from Becky is a ball chain necklace.
I love the Antique Copper and all the darling little charms.
Becky’s Piece 1
Supply list for Ball Chain Necklace
bcs-cb Ball Chain Small – Antique Copper
oftt-cb Ornate Flat Tag Tablet – Antique Copper
mdr-cb Medallion Reconciler – Antique Copper
ylpcc-b Young Lily Petal Charm – Antique Copper
fccc-b Flower Crystal Charm – Antique Copper
flcc-b Fleur Charm– Antique Copper
jr9tc-cb Jumpring 9mm Textured Circle – Antique Copper
tsdw- Transfer Sheet Decorative Word
gel du soleil
How it was Created:
A transfer sheet was affixed to the ornate flat tag and then a bit of gel du soleil was used on top for a waterproof finish. All pieces were attached to the ball chain using jumprings.
The next piece from Cheryl is a lovely Bangle Bracelet. It’s so elegant and would dress up any outfit!
Cheryl’s Piece 2
Supply List for Bangles Bracelets
bbfs-sb – Bangle Bracelet Flat Small – Antique Silver
jr9tc-sb – jumpring 9mm textured circle – Antique Silver
ctc-sb- Crest Tag Circle no hole – Antique Silver
lower case letter stamping set
ompcs-sb – Ornate mini pendant circle single loop – Antique Silver
tangerine metal paint from Christi Friesen line
gel du soleil
How it was Created:
This is piece has multiple techniques. First I made a mold from a vintage button using silicone-molding compound. Then using white crystal clay, I filled the ornate mini pendant with the mixed crystal clay. Then I used my mold to make the impression in the clay. Once the clay had cured for a while (probably about 4 hours) I used a bit of the tangerine dye-oxide from Christi Friesen to colorize the clay. Then I let that dry for about and hour or so. Once it was dry I applied a layer of the UV resin, gel du soleil and allowed it to cure under the UV lamp. Then I took the crest tag circles and metal stamped the letters (my nephews’ initials) on each tag. I used a sharpie to darken the letter and wiped off the excess with a baby wipe. After that, I attached each charm to the bangles using a textured jumpring.
Now we have Cheryls other. It really catches your eye, the colors are wonderful.
Supply List for Tree Pendant
lpr-sb – Large Pendant Rectangle in Antique Silver
crystal clay – latte
sfcc-sb – Small Fine Cable Chain – Antique Silver
gel du soleil
Non – Nunn Item – Tree Charm with bail trimmed off
How it was Created:
How I made: I used ball of mixed crystal clay and pressed it into the large pendant rectangle. Then I placed the trimmed charm into the clay and embedded the Chatons. When the piece had cured for a while (about 3 – 4 hours) I applied a layer of our UV Resin – Gel du Soleil.
Bezels with Epoxy Clay & Chaton Crystals Video Tutorial
Take a look a this short video tutorial below filmed by Becky showing you how to create some these gorgeous bezels using her Epoxy Clay & Chaton Crystals.
Check out a great video tutorial on Beaducation showing you how to make jewelry using UV resin (the piece shown below) by clicking HERE. The UV resin is what Cheryl used in making her pendant.
How to Enter the Give-Away
As mentioned at the beginning of this post, Nunn Designs is graciously giving away this set of jewellery findings which contains 58 individual pieces valued at over $40. To enter the give-away please post your comment in the comments section of this post. We’d love to hear about whether or not you have done any jewellery making of your own, or whether you’ve incorporated these types of pieces into your cards, scrapbook layouts, home decor pieces, altered art, art journals, mixed media pieces etc.
This give-away is open for one week – the winner will be announced next Wednesday. Please ensure that when you leave your comment you include your email address (it is kept private) because we will need that to contact you if you are the winner.
We also encourage you to take a minute to visit the Nunn Designs Blog – please leave them a comment letting them know that we sent you , and then we encourage you to look around as they have LOTS of fantastic project ideas as well additional video tutorials. It is only through the generosity and kindness of sponsors like Nunn Designs that we are able to offer YOU – our fantastic audience – these give-aways so we appreciate you showing your support here and on their blog.