Make a Flowery Bird's Nest Necklace
I've spent most of May visiting back home in Tennessee, where azaleas are still blooming, irises are filling the farmer's markets, and even peonies (my favorites) are all over the neighborhood. My brother and I watched a mama bird feed four babies last week, and during the few hours of the day when it's not raining, there's a thin layer of yellow pollen on everything.
Though it feels more like summer already down here in the South, it's still my favorite season: spring. That's why I loved this project from our friends at Nunn Design, created by Erin Prais-Hintz–as if I needed another reason to put cute little wire and pearl birds' nests and flowers in my jewelry designs! There's plenty of opportunity for variety and customization in this project, plus it's a great way to mix and use the different flower beads and components that might be in your stash. And I love the mixed metals. Here's how to make it.
Bird's Nest Branch Necklace
by Erin Prais-Hintz for Nunn Design
I love the idea of nests of eggs. They speak of home and comfort and new life and possibilities. I love to mix metals, so using different tones was easy for me to do. When I saw the little copper bead cap, I thought it looked like a nest–and that is where I started. And a nest needs a branch and a bird to go along with it! The Nunn Design products are full of potential, especially if you are able to look past what their typical function is and use them as building blocks to making your design unique!
silver Nunn Design small bird circle decorative connector
8mm silver Nunn Design daisy bead cap
Mini silver Nunn Design twig connector bar
18-21" of 24-gauge copper wire
4 silver 2" Nunn Design headpins
18" copper Nunn Design large oval link chain
15mm copper Nunn Design lobster clasp
1" Nunn Design small hammered flat cable chain
8 textured silver 6mm Nunn Design jump rings
textured copper 6mm Nunn Design jump ring
3 pearls (about 6x5mm)
3 flower beads
2 leaf beads
Swarovski crystal bicone
wire flush cutters
round- or needle-nose pliers
One of my favorite uses of wire in jewelry making is to make these cute little pearl bird nests. For more great ways to use wire in jewelry making, including written and visual tutorials for just about any wirework technique you can imagine, get The Wireworker's Companion by the current and past editors of Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry magazine, Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson. Who knows wire better than they do?
About the designer: Erin Prais-Hintz is a Nunn Design Innovation Team member. She creates one-of-a-kind pieces utilizing everything from precious gemstones to found objects from foreign lands or close to home. You can learn more about her on her website, TesoriTrovati.com and see more of her work in her Etsy shop.