Happy Sparkle Season! Make Festive Holiday Jewelry and Sparkle On Into Next Year

The day after Thanksgiving is the official start of my own made-up holiday, Sparkle Season.

What, you've never heard of Sparkle Season?

It begins, as I said, the day after Thanksgiving, lasts until Valentine's Day, and includes Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and my birthday in between. There will be festive parties, get-togethers, family dinners, romantic evenings, maybe even some dancing and enjoying bonfires. Those are all prime times for being sparkly, twinkly, glittery, and bright–and the easiest way to do that is with jewelry.

See how to make this quick and easy sparkly epoxy clay cocktail ring from Nunn Design!

Courtesy of Nunn Design.

There will also be cocktail parties, which are so special, they have their own jewelry: cocktail rings. And the best invention since cocktail rings and big sparkly gemstones to go in cocktail rings–and, of course, cocktails–is epoxy clay. With epoxy clay, sparkly crystals, and some ring bezels, you can achieve maximum sparkle in about 10 minutes flat. Nunn Design has become my Sparkle HQ, because their ring (and earring) bezels are just right for blinging up with a dab of epoxy clay and some crystals. It couldn't be easier. Here are a few simple Nunn ring designs to get you inspired.: 


Crystal and Epoxy Clay Ring
by Becky Nunn

Cocktail Bling Ring
by Stephanie Gard Buss

Faux Chain Maille Ring
by Debora Mauser

You don't have to have crystals and gems to sparkle, though–square wire, textured metal, bright colors, and wire details are also festive. Here are some of my favorite wire and metal jewelry projects (with just a few crystals and gems here and there), ideal for Sparkle Season! (click the pics to learn more)

Chased Silver Cuff
by Tom & Kay Benham

Argentium Filigree Earrings
By Elizabeth Porter

Geo Cuff
by Lilian Chen


gem bead and wire necklace
by Shannon L. Schmidt

3D Mermaid Pendant
fold-formed metal
by Tom & Kay Benham

Champagne Flutes
bead and wire earrings
by Jamie Hogsett

There are dozens of other jewelry-making projects to help you get festive and sparkly in the Jewelry Making Daily Shop, including LOTS of new ones . . . and . . . psst! They're all on sale for $2, now through December 3, 2013, at midnight MT.

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Bonus! Leave a comment below telling us where and with whom you plan to be sparkly during Sparkle Season, and one of you will win SIX Nunn Design ring-making kits! Each kit includes supplies to make this ring, so you can have a sparkly ring-making party, right before a sparkly night on the town! Contest ends at midnight CT on Sunday, December 1, 2013. Winner will receive 6 Adjustable Ornate Ring Kits (total retail value over $110). Each kit includes: Nunn Design antique silver adjustable ornate ring, Preciosa crystal chatons, black Crystal Clay, beeswax toothpick applicator, gloves, and step-by-step instructions with photo step-outs.

Keep up with Nunn Design on Facebook for great product info and jewelry-making tutorials.

P.S. You can buy the kits in the JMD Shop, too.

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