Artisan Spotlight – Marla Salezze

Innovation Team Member Marla Salezze has really enhanced my appreciation of seed beads and beading techniques. I’m always eager to receive the latest jewelry Marla has created for us.

While on the Nunn Design Innovation Team, Marla has had several projects accepted by magazines and has several project pending for future publications. It has been very exciting to see Marla’s work being appreciated by so many.

Here are some of the latest projects created by Marla.



I’m so inspired by the nature elements of Nunn Design’s image transfer sheets. I transferred the image of the bird onto crystal clay and wanted the rest of the necklace to compliment it. So I stitched a beaded spiral rope neckstrap and added to the focal component by creating a wire and crystal chain “nest” with pearl “eggs” and a twig clasp to complete the piece.


I was really excited to make something with these cuff blanks from Nunn Design. I also loved the rondelle shaped metal beads and being a bead embroidery enthusiast, I wanted to combine the technique with the current mixed metal trend. I bead embroidered onto leather because I wanted the outline of the cuff to stand out against the row of bead embroidered metal beads.


This was another piece where I mixed metal bead finishes to create a versatile piece. I have always wanted to try beading this wrap style bracelet and the Nunn Design bugle shaped beads I thought were the perfect shape to create this bracelet. I also customized the button closure using crystal clay and an image transferring technique.



The netted ring I created inspired this bracelet. I used the same beading technique to create the focal piece and then connected it to the blank bangle by wire wrapping around crystal chain. It’s a sparkly addition to your wrist that looks good with or without the matching ring.” – Marla

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