February 5, 2013

Nina Designs Blog Partner

I'm so excited to share my pieces with you as a Nina Designs Blog Partner.  They sent me a yummy assortment of natural bronze components, leather and ribbon.

First up are the these peacock inspired earrings. I used the Three Teardrop Links in this pair of earrings. I wanted to create a unifying element with the hammered metal pieces in a gunmetal black finish.  The bronze with the black metal create a sexy contrast that I'm digging!  I tapered the texture to mimic the design of the teardrops and combined them with my disk beads in a peacock feather pattern. I used the bronze ear wires from Nina Designs, they are handmade in Bali.  Love, love, love them!

This pendant used the same design elements from the earrings with an Infinity Link from Nina Designs as the a touch of shimmer to the necklace.  

This pendant explores those same design elements and features the softest leather I've ever seen.  It's smooth and supple, thin and completely uniform.  The color is wonderful!  I went with simple adjustable knots for this pendant.  The wearer can sport it long or short.  I also braided some of this leather and it looked great, I just didn't have a chance to work into something yet.  I would use this leather in my regular line of jewelry - be sure to check out all the great colors carried by Nina Designs.

Mixing the black and bronze this minimalist design offers some striking results.  A toggle clasp in a leaf design is tied together with tiny faceted brass nugget beads.  Again I can't get over the fine quality of the findings, there are no seems on the design and the detail is just lovely!

Now we move on to the garden!  These leaf charms and tiny lotus petal charms work beautifully as earrings. paired up with Czech glass, brass rings and my polymer clay beads in a purple floral design.

Love the color of this sheer silk ribbon!  The texture is soft and delicate.  I mixed gunmetal, brass and elements of the raw brass finish to create this pendant. 

I was quite smitten with these delicate and fine branch coral charms.  How perfect are they with my starfish charms?  They make me long to go snorkeling off the shores of Cozumel! 

And this doesn't have anything to do with Nina Designs, I just couldn't have a pair of earrings hanging around without a partner! 

Now as if I wasn't impressed enough with Nina Designs I would be remiss if I didn't mention what a good karma kind of company they are too!  From fair trade practices with Bali and Thialand, to green efforts like planting trees, to mircoloans and philanthropy - this is a company that you can support knowing they are working hard to create beautiful products with earthy-friendly and people-friendly business practices.  I like that!

The other thing about Nina Designs that has my beady fingers twitching?  All their sweet nature inspired designs - how Humblebead-y perfect are the leaves, branches, birds and sea-inspired charms and pendants from Nina's?  I can hardly stand it and plan to use some of them in my summer line of jewelry.

Head on over to Nina's and when you place an order, tell them that Heather Powers' sent you.  That will get you $5.00 off your first order if you are a new customer! 

The materials above were provided as part of the Nina Designs blogging program. The author of this blog has not received any payment from above-mentioned company. The post above represents only personal opinion of the blog author.


Purple Fish Studio said...

Beautiful pieces!

KayzKreationz said...

Love all your pieces. So far I've only gotten 2 pairs of earrings made with my components. Looking forward to playing with the rest of the pieces they sent me.

sandi m said...

The components are a perfect match with your beads, Heather. I can't pick a favorite design; they are all so pretty - well maybe the bracelet.
Nina is one of my favorite companies. Love the new bronze pieces. I'm still hoarding a stash of her Bali silver beads.

Kathy Lindemer said...

All of your pieces are beautiful. Nina Designs paired with Humblebeads is a winner.

Gardanne said...

That gunmetal and gold totally works, I would have never tried that.

Anonymous said...

Love what you've done with these components. I'm especially drawn to the first ones with the deep grays with the accents of gold. An unusual combo and eye catching.

Anonymous said...

Love what you've done with these components. I'm especially drawn to the first ones with the deep grays with the accents of gold. An unusual combo and eye catching.

alankarshilpa said...

All your pieces are eye candies to me. Beautiful jewelry you create. I love the leaf one with silk ribbon. How delicate. Take care. Will see you again in the web o land. Dita.