Free Blooming Heart Mixed Media Jewelry-Making Project from Nunn Designs
Silly me. All through high school and college, I thought that jewelry making with materials like fiber, clay, fabric, and paper was just a fun way to make jewelry. Little did I know that it's actually mixed media jewelry, and when I need to stretch my creative muscles a little bit, it's the perfect way to learn some fun new jewelry-making skills.
Our friends at Nunn Design have shared this awesome mixed media jewelry making project with us, designed by Karen McGovern as part of the Nunn Design Team. Enjoy!
Artist's Tip: Don't be intimidated by the list of materials used in this mixed media jewelry making project. If you can't find the exact materials listed, add your own favorite jewelry making or beading supplies, gemstone beads, or anything else that you'd like to use to make this project your own!
- Nunn Design Ornate Heart pendant in copper
- Patterned brass sheet
- 2 faux pearl headpins, 3 inches
- 3 black flat-tipped headpins, 3 inches
- 4 polymer clay leaves (these were from Karen Lewis)
- 12 inches brass wire, 22 gauge
- 2 round beads, 4-6 mm, yellow and green
- 1 acrylic Lalibert flower bead cap, frost
- 1 enamel tipped headpin, 3 inches
- Crystal Clay, black
- 9 inches Nunn Design Large Round Ornate chain in antique copper
- 9 inches plus three links Nunn Design Large Oval Ornate chain in antique copper
- Nunn Design brass toggle clasp
- Wire shears
- Wire snips
- Round nose pliers
- Needle nose pliers
- Flat file
- Your favorite epoxy or quick setting glue
What I particularly love about this kind of mixed media jewelry-making project is that you don't necessarily have to use the copper chain to finish it. Why not make a beaded chain using St. Petersburg stitch or Chevron chain? You could even stitch up a bail and hang this gorgeous mixed media pendant from a peyote stitch rope!
Are you ready to play with your mixed media jewelry-making skills? Mix things up a little bit when you get your copy of Handcrafted Jewelry 2012. For less than fifty cents a project, you'll get thirty-four mixed media jewelry-making projects using over forty different techniques! Whether you're just venturing into the world of mixed media jewelry, or you consider yourself a skilled mixed media jewelry artist, you're sure to find something new and inspiring to get you working on a new project.
Get your copy of Handcrafted Jewelry 2012 now, and feel like a kid again when you play with your jewelry-making supplies! Don't want to wait to have your print copy delivered? You can also download Handcrafted Jewelry 2012 instantly onto your favorite desktop or laptop computer. All the same great content as the print version, but in digital format and available for viewing in just minutes!
Have you tried combining mixed media jewelry-making components with your bead-weaving? Have some advice for those of us who like to create our own mixed-media focals and jewelry-making components? Share your tips and advice here and leave a comment on the Beading Daily blog!
P.S. Nunn Design is currently looking for creative jewelry designers to be a part of the 2013 Innovation Design Team! You can find all the details on the Nunn Design blog.