Designing with Nina Designs

by Cindy on January 30, 2013


Today I am really excited to share with you designs that I created with Nina Designs components.  As part of their Blog Partner Design Program, I was sent a generous stash of components.

I eagerly awaited the package from Nina Designs, not knowing what I would receive.  I was really pleased when the envelope came in the mail.  My package was full of natural bronze components as well as a couple of fiber bundles in leather and silk.  Nina Designs is a fair trade company that has been around since 1983, and do they ever have an incredible reputation.  I’ve been familiar with Nina components for quite some time and always admired the fine quality craftsmanship I see consistently.   I think it is just incredible that all of their designs start with a sketch and are then fabricated by hand in both Indonesia and Thailand. You can learn more about their fair trade program here.

Nina Designs_Blog Partner components

 Here are the beautiful components that I received in the Blogging Partner Program!

Nina Designs_Earrings by Cindy Wimmer

I couldn’t resist using the Nina Designs Natural Bronze Tear Drop Link in an earring design.  Creating these dangly earrings was super easy as I simply attached them to the bronze hook earwires that I received in my package.  I added drops made with Sand Opal Swarovski crystals. When you click on the link to view these tear drop links, you’ll see additional design options on the website sidebar. I love all of the inspiration available on the Nina Designs website – from how-to videos to design ideas.

Nina Designs_Braided leather bracelet by Cindy Wimmer

The leather cord in sage was the perfect choice for creating a wrap bracelet.  I braided the 2 mm – wide cording in a length long enough to wrap around the wrist three times.   I added a few dangles to the bracelet, including the Lotus Petal charm, the stylized Bronze Leaf charm, and my own bronze bunny charm made by LeAnn Weih of Summers Studio.    A tumble-polished brass hook clasp gives the piece just the right hand-made touch.

Nina Designs_clasp detail by Cindy Wimmer

I pulled together several of the Nina Designs components for my elegant but simple grand finale piece.   Here you see how I used the dainty leaf-patterned toggle clasp – an easy way to finish off a jewelry design!

Nina Designs_Red + Gold necklace detail - by Cindy Wimmer

I created a charm holder with coiled brass wire and then added a bunch of Nina Design components.  You’ll see I added a tiny Lotus Petal charm, a Natural Bronze Coral Branch charm, and the Infinity Link.  I dangled a little coral rondelle to tie in with the branch charm.

Nina Designs_Red + Gold necklace with bamboo charm by Cindy Wimmer

What fun!  I’m grateful for this chance to design using such intricate and beautiful components, from a company that I respect.  Please visit their site and see all the many ways you can add Nina Designs components to your handmade jewelry too.  Thank you, Nina Designs!

– Cindy xox0
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.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Kerry January 30, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Beautiful pieces, Cindy! I LOVE that wonderful red paired with the brass and bronze. It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Kathleen Lange Klik January 30, 2013 at 4:17 pm

What a beautiful assortment of findings! I really like what they sent you and love what you made. I especially like the necklace; the charms on the coiled wire is a fantastic aspect!

Kristin Oppold January 30, 2013 at 4:22 pm

I love those coral dangles!!!!!!! How fun to get to do what you do!!!

Susan Marling January 30, 2013 at 4:37 pm

I love what you did with the components they sent you. I think my fav is the necklace – the coiled charm holder is perfect.

Carol Myers January 30, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Great job, gal! You have such good taste!

Jeanette January 30, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Cindy, they are all so pretty!

Cynthia@OrnamentalStyle January 30, 2013 at 5:42 pm

All so lovely that I don’t even have a favorite!

Sally Anderson January 30, 2013 at 6:14 pm

I love them all, Cindy. Such pretty jewelry from your creative mind and theirs. Love that!

Gale White January 30, 2013 at 6:33 pm

All very pretty, but I love the earrings–and those components you made them with. Bronze is my new favorite metal, so I’m going to check out what more I might like at ND.

sandi m January 30, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Nina is on of my favorites. Fell in love with her silver bali beads years ago and still have a small stash hidden away.
Your pieces are all so lovely. Sand opal is one of my favorite colors, perfect with the links. The green leather with the sprinkle of tiny beads brings it alive, And the red/bronze/brass combo is my favorite color. Love the red strand you have peaking along the side, too.
Will definitely have to checkout the Nina bronze. Thanks, Cindy!

sandi m January 30, 2013 at 8:49 pm

how about … ‘one’ of my favorites….

Patti Vanderbloemen January 30, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Wow, Cindy! Everything is so upscale beautiful! My favorite of the bunch is that triple wrap bracelet! So cool how you braided the leather, with tiny specs of bronze throughtout! Lovely!

Suzette January 31, 2013 at 1:02 am

All your pieces are beautiful! Nice selection of components too!

Lynda January 31, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Loved seeing what you’ve designed with these components! Especially like the braided leather bracelet…such a pretty color. But the coral necklace is also a stunner!

Tracy January 31, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I love the three totally different pieces you made. I can’t really pick a fav – but as you can probably guess, I am a little partial toward your green leather bracelet! : )

Kay January 31, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I got the same selection. It’s funny that we had similar ideas for the teardrop links. I used some small dyed freshwater pearls in mine. I love what you did with the leather cording. I haven’t done anything with mine yet. Have several more ideas in the works. Nice pieces.

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement February 1, 2013 at 12:49 am

What a neat program to be apart of! I can’t say I’ve ever heard of this company before, but I’m definitely going to make sure I check out Nina Designs after this blog post 🙂

I love all your pieces you created! I’m a fan of the wrap and stack craze in bracelets so that second piece is probably my favorite ^.^

Brandi February 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Gorgeous, Cindy! I’m particularly taken with the final necklace – that deep red mixed with the gold tones is so striking and lovely!

Kashmira February 4, 2013 at 2:54 pm

That red necklace, oh my!!!

I LOVE Nina Designs! I was their design partner in October, and was FLOORED by the quality of their components.

Here’s a link to my post in case you didn’t visit it already:

I still have a bunch of gorgeous stuff left over, should do another round of designing!

Shaiha February 15, 2013 at 11:01 pm

I just love bronze and what Nina Designs does with it is incredible! All of your designs are gorgeous and I really can’t decide on a favorite.

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