Monday, April 23, 2012

Nina Designs Blog Partner Reveal (and giveaway)

When I first started making jewelry about eight years ago, one of the first bead vendors I learned of was Nina Designs.  I loved her philosophy and appreciated that she was "fair trade before there was a name for it".  Her designs are unique and fresh and each bead or finding makes your piece extra-special.


I was fortunate to be selected this month to participate in Nina Design's Blog Partner program.  She sent me a selection of products to work with, and when they arrived, I was excited (and challenged!) because they were golden natural bronze.  Absolutely stunning, and a challenge for me because I don't do a lot with gold metals.


This necklace is a new favorite of mine.  I used polymer clay beads by Alison Sachs and several pieces from Nina Designs -- the coral branch pendant, feather charms, and three-circle rings that I really think would make gorgeous earrings all by themselves, but I wanted to bump it up a notch and think outside the box.


I wanted to use the feather charms as links, so I pulled out a metal punch and said a little prayer and punched a hole.  Worked!


And then those lovely rings that I am going to have to go and buy more of so I can have earrings....


These pieces are natural bronze, but the polish and patina matched PERFECTLY with the gold-filled jump rings and chain I had on hand.   That's some pretty bronze!


These earrings are made with onyx, ceramic, and Nina Designs lotus petal charms and ear wires.


And oh ARGH, why is it I don't see mistakes until I photograph things?  One ceramic bead is topsy-turvy.  Sigh.  Must fix that.


These earrings are a bit different.  They are a combination of industrial and elegant.  I'm not sure how well they'll be received, but I thought they were unique.  I took hardware store steel fittings and brushed them with a nail file to take off some of the black.  Then I wired amethyst to Nina Designs key charms.  When worn, the keys face front and the hardware rings face like regular hoop earrings would.




So what do you think?  Is it a yes or a no?


Now for the giveaway!  Nina Designs sent a delicate 18" finished brass chain (complete with clasp) and matching jump rings I'm adding a secret stash of beads to go along with them!



To win, leave a comment with your favorite Nina Designs bead or finding (click here for their web site).
  

Feel free to blog, Facebook, or Tweet about the giveaway.  

The winner will be announced on Saturday, April 28th.


Good luck!


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.

 


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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.

70 comments:

  1. I don't want to enter, I just want to comment that I love the "topsy turvy" earrings and I think you should leave them that way!

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  2. I like the feather charms and the coral branch too the best. I like the topsy turvey ceramic earring. I think you should leave them like that.
    Thanks for having your neat giveaways. I will put this giveaway on my facebook.

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  3. I have a "namaste" charm from Nina designs that I really like. That would have to be my fave. I do like those bronze connected links a lot too, and agree--great earrings just by themselves.

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  4. I really liked the feather and leaf charms/focals on the site. I had a ball looking through everything else, though .. tons of fun things to play with. :)

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  5. Everything about that necklace is stunning!

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  6. Oh I love Nina Designs! I have this pendant http://www.ninadesigns.com/bali_bead_shop/open_work_silver_plated_bronze__branch_with_leaves_pendant/vsa565 in my stash that I keep meaning to do something with, and some matching earrings too. Maybe one of these days I'll get them out and see what I can do with them! (melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com) Oh I love the earrings btw, no need to do anything more to them!

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  7. I love the necklace with the gorgeous polymer clay beads!! Awesome...love the brass as well! Also love those earrings!

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  8. Your pieces are gorgeous, especially that first necklace! And the crescent earring are so unique--I know they will be a hit.

    I've always liked the open cut leaf pendants but have never used them in my jewelry as of yet.

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  9. These are so beautiful. I really love the necklace. I think Nina designs new Athena's owl coin is wonderful.

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  10. The necklace is beautiful.

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  11. I love the silver daisy charms and would add them to a necklace in the form of links for spring.
    I love the necklace and earrings and leave the topsy-turvey ones alone- they are perfect the way they are!!!
    Alice's Beads and Baubles

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  12. I really like your necklace. One of my favorites from Nina Designs is : http://www.ninadesigns.com/bali_bead_shop/natural_bronze_pendant_with_two_curled_vine_leaves__doubles_as_a_removable_charm_holder/vna604

    but I enjoyed browsing all through her site. Lots to love!

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  13. Beautiful pieces! I really like this bumblebee charm: http://www.ninadesigns.com/bali_bead_shop/24k_gold_plated_sterling_silver__honeybee_bumble_bee_charm/ga699

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  14. I love the key charm earrings, just as they are! All of the pieces are lovely

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  15. I really like the feathers and the topsy turvy earrings I thing the rings combined with the bronze look great together.

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  16. Here is another vote for keeping the topsy turvy earrings. And I had seen those little hardware rings and wondered how they could be used in jewelry. You nailed it. Now for Nina - my favorites include the large vine and bird pendants.

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  17. Whoa Lori - That necklace is to die for! Branches are my thing...I have cast them for a long time. Nina Designs has always been the bomb.

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  18. I looked at those earrings for along time trying to find your "mistake". The asymmetrical balance is awesome.

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  19. Gorgeous findings and jewelry creations! One of my favorite
    pieces is the "A Family Affair
    Necklace...
    Thanks for the fabulous prize
    giveaway!
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  20. "Tweet!"
    https://twitter.com/#!/cmh512/status/194639027612303360...
    Again, many thanks!
    Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  21. i agree you should leave the earrings as they are- i thought you did it on purpose until i read your comment! hard to pick a favorite from Nina, but i really like the bronze Ganesh charm :)

    april, owlape@aol.com

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  22. what lovely beads and findings! i love bali beads like the http://www.ninadesigns.com/bali_bead_shop/round_sterling_silver_bali_bead_with_intricate_granulation_and_wire_work/s39

    and i also like mismatched earrings so the topsy turvy earring is great to me!

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  23. Love your designs, I thought you meant to make the Topsy turvey earrings that way, I like them. I like the Nina sterling silver swallow charms. I made earrings with the charms and they were featured on the front page of ETSY.

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  24. Lori, I am in agreement with the folks above. Leave those earrings alone! I also love that new design with the hardware. Those earrings look a bit industrial, a bit old fashioned, maybe a little steampunky. I did go check out Nina Designs and need to go back again and shop. I found the most adorable little "Athena's Owl" in her themed collections. In bronze, it's VNA886. Check him out. He's beautiful.

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  25. Gorgeous! Love those polymer clay beads. Shared on Facebook

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  26. You are a BAD girl. You keep finding ways for me to spend my money! Just went to the Nina site and put in an order for the things I couldn't resist (also put your name in as a "referrer"), but I especially liked the Tree of Life special.

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  27. I'd seen Nina Design ads in beading magazines, but I'd not visited their site until today. I'm in love with their ribbon: http://www.ninadesigns.com/bali_bead_shop/satin_silk_ribbon_is_hand_dyed_using_eco-friendly_dyes_in_46_gorgeous_colors/silkf
    I'm going to have to order the teal and tangerine I'm sure.

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  28. Beautiful pieces. The lampwork in that necklace is awesome. You must have some great stash of beads or are these yours? Love them.

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  29. Reread the blog. Those are polymer? They truly are awesome.

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  30. Anonymous7:53 AM

    I just love all the necklaces...especially the bronze charm necklaces....its really hard to pick a particular favourite for everything looks absolutely unique and stunning!!!

    Usha
    usharaneem@yahoo.com

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  31. Beautiful necklace and earrings is fun.

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  32. That necklace is one of MY favorites too!
    Simply stunning. One of my favorite beads from Nina Designs is this silver bead with Greek Garden print. I love nature-inspired beads/pendants/designs.

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  33. Love the mix of metals on the topsy turvy earrings. And I like the playfulness of the other earrings. I think have them going opposite directions is meant to be.
    Nina was one of my first purchases, also, oh so many years ago. I still have one each of the sun and moon charms I bought from her. Can't bear to part with them. I really should make a pair of earrings for myself with them :)

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  34. I have been looking around Nina's site for awhile now, and keep getting drawn back to her bubbles! My daughter loves the charms, and so I am going to design a bracelet for her graduation with them. As for the earrings, I like them as they are. I think everything and everyone is a bit off-balance, so to me, they are perfect!

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  35. I love the necklace and both pairs of earrings, especially the "industrial" pair ... I do believe a trip to the hardware store is in order for me! I love the batik vermeil pendants @ Nina Designs ... so elegant ...

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  36. I just wanted to say that I thought turning that one bead in the opposite direction was intentional. And I love it that way!

    I like the cherry blossom cluster charm or any of the lotus charms.

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  37. Awww! He is adorable and you all are so lucky to have each other.

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  38. WOW I love this and since I have only just started to mix stuff up having you for inspiration is truly a gift. Wait till you see what I post tomorrow for Jeannie's Echo Club!

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  39. I love the flower pendants, they are all so pretty!

    And Lori, I love what you did with the pieces you received from Nina Designs. Beautiful work.

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  40. Really hard to pick a favorite from Nina Designs, but I love the ancient coin charms.


    I like the earrings the way they. are

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  41. First of all, I LOVE Alison's polymer clay beads. I have a couple of her pendants that I'm hoarding for just the right design. As for Nina Designs, I really like the silver curled hoop ear wires...fabulous!
    (http://www.ninadesigns.com/bali_bead_shop/sterling_silver_curled_hoop_earring_finding/t2604)

    And I thought you were making a statement with the topsy-turvy earrings!

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  42. LEAVE THE EARRINGS TOPSY TURVEY!!!!! Asymetrical is in, didn't you hear?? I thought you had done it on purpose. Looks good that way.

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  43. Beautiful work as always:-) I think the chain would make great earrings too and I like the topsy turvy earrings, they look cool.

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  44. I am not entering either, just wanted to comment, and I see I am not alone in the leave the ceramic pieces as they are category. I really like that little bit of asymetry.

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  45. My favorite Nina pieces are the sterling Bali beads. I'm always in awe of their detailed workmanship.
    Your pieces are beautiful. Don't change the earring - that's a style!
    I'll have to get some of Nina's bronze. I've started working with the true bronze wire from Rio and I just love the color.

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  46. I love the necklace Lori the clay beads are so pretty and the earrings I really like the ceramic beads they are unusual.
    I rather like the industrial earrings too the amethyst works well with the brushed steel I like that you used two colours of metal they are different and very nice.
    I also have a give away on my blog at last, took your advice, hope I worded it carrectly lol.
    Jackie

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  47. You definitely hit a home run. I love Alison's beads and have a good size little bowl full of them.

    As for the earrings, don't switch them. That's how they wanted to be or they wouldn't have on the head pins that way. Much more interesting than matchy matchy.

    Great job as always.

    That bronze is gorgeous.

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  48. Adore your necklace it turned out beautifully!! The simplicity of the chain bracelet is very nice!

    ....I wanted you to know...I am featuring Anita Rivera, our Friend, Designer and Paper Artist with Castles Crowns & Cottages on my site!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  49. I truly adore Nina Designs. Their bronze pieces are by far my favorite thing they have. I love the peacock feather that I got to play with. I would buy that one again. And the coral branch is nice! You are brave to punch holes, so glad it worked. And I don't see those porcelain beads being upside down as a problem. You just mastered the art of asymmetrical earrings in my mind! As for the last earrings... I am not sure. I like the idea, but maybe with a simpler bead dangle. But a fun use of materials! Please let someone else win, as I have my fair share. Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  50. All the pieces are great. But I love the 'Topsy Turvy' earrings and think you should leave them that way. And that industrial pair of earrings I just love. As for my favorite finding/charm, I love her little 'cat sitting in a window' charm. I did that piece in stained glass for my sister and love that charm. Plus I also love the sterling silver horses, since I'm a horse lover from about the age of 2. :)

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  51. Just tweeted about the pieces and the giveaway, http://twitter.com/KayzKreationz

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  52. Topsy turvy-earrings are perfect, don't change them :-)
    The industrial/glam earrings are definitely off beat and I like them though the star the of the show is the necklace without doubt. I was certain those beads were lampwork.
    As for Nina's beads, yummy, yummy! My favourite would be the sterling silver ohm sign pendant

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  53. I had never heard of Nina designs but what a great website. I found these that I liked

    http://www.ninadesigns.com/bali_bead_shop/mini_round_sterling_silver_bead_with_dragonfly_print/s2304

    but really I like all the Bali beads!!

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  54. The necklace is gorgeous and I agree with everyone else - leave the earrings like they are - they are really fun that way. I had never been to Nina's and I spent some time there and am going back to spend some money. She has several ohm and yoga type charms and I have a number of yoga friends I make things for and I like the Bali beads also.

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  55. Lori, thanks for letting us know about one of your favorite shops! Lovely necklace by the way! I took a look and liked so many things, but was especially fond of the nice quality beadcaps. I'm always on the look for those! There are many nice designs in SS, but I confess I'm drawn to this pair and I never even work in gold. If I had this pair, I would change my mind about that!

    http://www.ninadesigns.com/bali_bead_shop/24k_gold_plated_sterling_silver_large_bali_bead_cap/gs248

    Love the bronze goodies too, so would love to be entered in the drawing! Many thanks! --Sharyl
    http://www.sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com

    P.S. I had to look hard to find what you were talking about in the "topsy turvy" earring pair. So, first, I just didn't notice, and second, I would have thought you did it on purpose. They look very balanced that way! I think I'd leave them! (But I know what you mean about finding the mistakes after items are photographed and up. I usually notice on Facebook because photos are so huge there. Usually a jump ring not quite right or a chain not laying as I would like!) :-)

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  56. I really like the piece with the feather charms. Nina's has some beautiful picks but I think my favorite is the 24K gold plated silver happy Buddha charm, it reminds me of a buddha from my late grandma.

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  57. I would love to win this! I love the necklace and the way you added the leaves to it. Thanks so much!

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  58. You've paired some great beads with the Nina elements. I particularly like the Alison Sachs polymer clay group.

    I don't think I could have been as brave as you were and punched the hole in the leaf charm...but I'm glad to know it worked for you because maybe I'll try now.

    My favorite designs from Nina's are the blossom charms, particularly the apple and plum blossoms charms which have a branch a a few blooms.

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  59. huh ..O.o I commented earlier but it seems to have vanished... gotta love Blogger >.< lol

    Anyhow, I love the earrings as they are :) I see no mistakes in them. They are a gorgeous pair of perfectly balanced asymmetrical earrings :D

    As for Nina ..I love the ancient coin charms... but .. ouch... my wallet would never forgive me if I started on them >.< lol

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  60. I love Nina designs, and if anything were to push me to sell my jewelry, it would be so I could purchase gorgeousness like that! One of my favorites is their butterfly wing pendant. It is so fresh, and can go modern, or vintage, or mixed media.
    I looked and looked, and can't see the error on the earrings! I absolutely love the hardware earrings, what a great idea. Beautiful pieces, one and all!

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  61. Beautiful work you have done! I agree with everyone else, I like the topsy-turvy earrings, I make "mis-match" earrings and love them! Love the giveaway you're doing as well!
    I like this bird: http://www.ninadesigns.com/bali_bead_shop/silver_plated_bronze_swallow_bird_pendant/vsa493#comments_wrapper It would go perfect with a new necklace design that I have been thinking of. :)
    Trina
    trina.s.rose@gmail.com

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  62. One of my favorite charms are the lotus blossom, it is just so beautiful and peaceful to look at.

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  63. Joanna-Gloria5:43 AM

    I adore the Sterling Silver Birds Nest Charm, the Sterling Silver Hedgehog Charm, the Cat in Window Sterling Silver Charm and all the animal/nature charms!!
    Amazing collection!!
    I also love the Sterling Silver Bubble Cluster Pendants!!
    :))

    Joanna-Gloria, yana_ven@yahoo.gr

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  64. DESPINA5:47 AM

    So many amazing things.
    I love the animal charms so much!!!!!!!!
    I also adore the Large Bronze Lotus Flower Pendant, the Peacock Feather Pendants, the Natural Bronze Chrysanthemum Flower Pendant and the Sterling Silver "Family" Charm, just amazing findings with so many possibilities!!!!!!!
    I'd be so happy to win and create a birthday present for my mum
    <3 <3

    DESPINA
    deb_oro@yahoo.gr

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  65. I think my favorites from Nina Designs are the "Angel or Bird Wings". I have a thing for wings lately.
    As for the earrings, I have to agree that they look great, you don't have to change them.

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  66. Your jewelry pieces are beautiful - love the topsy turvy earrings!!
    My favorite Nina Design is the bronze Peacock Feather pendant

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  67. Hi Lori! I absolutely love the necklace and earrings! My favorite Nina Design is the bronze coin with Athena's owl on it...I can think of all kinds of ways that I could use it in designs!

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  68. I like the topsy turvy earrings just the way they are!

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  69. Marla3:27 AM

    I had to laugh when you mentioned the topsy turvy earings. It did take me a few minutes to figure it out. I've been working on asymetrical designs and looking at what's "acceptable" in design. I too love Nina's Design. I've been lusting after sterling silver leaf tumble. Thanks for the smiles!

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  70. Anonymous3:59 PM

    Lori, I agree with the many who said your topsy-turvy earrings were perfect just as they are! I love a little imbalance LOL. I covet all Nina's sparkles but if pushed I would choose the delicate elephant charms; I think it's great that they're available in so many finishes... something for all tastes... I was a winner on the Tree Wings Studio giveaway this week so I'm going to abstain THIS TIME... must be fair (though I'm sure I'll be sorry when you reveal your secret beads.) Thanks for the wonderful blog. Monique U.

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