Monday, December 12, 2011

Nina Designs Meets Jewelry Resin

 I was very pleased to be contacted by Nina Designs last month.   They wondered if I would be interested in a selection of samples to use in a blog post.  I don't always say yes to these requests, but the Nina Designs website is one that features some absolutely beautiful jewelery components.  I was very curious to see what they might send me to experiment with.  I posted this today on my personal blog and thought I would share it here too.
 My package contained some gorgeous bronze charms!  As soon as I saw these pieces I decided to do something elegant and simple...which is hard for me.  I didn't want the charms to get hidden in one of my over embellished samples.
The Nina Designs website is easy to navigate.  Many of the pieces I liked are available in different colours...although I love the bronze!
 I did want to put my stamp on the final design though.  I took one look at this butterfly wing and decided I would fill it with resin....turning it into a stained glass background for my sweet bird on a perch charm.
 To accomplish this task I glued tissue paper to the back of the pendant and when this dried I filled the tiny openings with resin.  I am currently experimenting with the new Jewelry Resin from ETI and I knew this technique would be of interest to my readers on Resin Crafts Blog.  I don't always get to show them a finished piece of jewelery.

 This is the back of my butterfly charm after I cut away the excess tissue paper and the resin had cured.
 I applied a thin layer of Resin Jewelry to the back of the charm too.  This makes this even stronger and the tissue paper will not rub away when worn.
 Then I assembled my necklace!
 The leather cord looks fantastic and professionally finished with these bronze tulip crimps.
 The bird on the perch charm looks great on top of the butterfly wing!

And finally, I added the one extra leaf charm I received in my sample set.

Here is what I used from Nina Designs:
Leather Cord (lots to choose from)
I really enjoyed this project.  Thank you to Nina Designs for sending me my free samples!
Tomorrow I'll show you another sample with tissue paper as the core element!


  1. I was extremely skeptical when I saw that you were going to use some of the Nina Designs. They are so lovely on their own, I couldn't imagine you making them even better. But you did! The tissue and resin is gorgeous! Thank you for showing what a wonderful addition resin can be, even to something already beautiful.

  2. Hello Shirley! I am so glad you liked what I did...the Nina designs really don't need any help from me...but I could not resist with a butterfly wing!

  3. Carmi, that is beautiful. It matches everything I wear. :0) Do you know when the ETI Jewelry Resin is going to be at Michaels? I've been to the one here 3 times an they don't have it.

    Love your resin blog. Thank you.

  4. I'd also like to know the ETA on the resin at Michaels! Can't wait to try this product.

  5. Wow, I love how the butterfly wing turned out, it made the charm just gorgeous!

  6. I love how the butterfly turned out too. I have a leaf type pendant that is cut out like the butterfly. Think I will do something like this to that.


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