Resin Inspiration

My earliest memory of creating with beads takes me back to my childhood in Juneau, Alaska. A city, that even to this day, is accessible only by boat or plane. In the summer we often made the journey south to the lower forty-eight states to visit relatives. The first leg of this journey required several days onboard the Alaska State Ferry, following the Inside Passage to Seattle.

In the summer of my tenth year I remember watching intently a mother with two daughters sitting quietly in the forward lounge while threading beads onto a needle and pulling them down onto a knotted thread. The woman looked up to see me watching and asked “Would you like to bead with us?” In a matter of moments I was included into their family, and we beaded together for several hours.

I have never forgotten this generous act from a complete stranger. In my years that followed my tenth year, I experienced many generous acts from artists, teachers, mentors and entrepreneurs. The generosity I’ve received over the years is paid forward and is the inspiration behind Nunn Design’s free inspiration and education.

It has been awhile since the team at Nunn Design has been able to create together, but here are some explorations from our last quarterly art day.


This technique was featured in Class 3 of our Nunn Design free online 2020 Spring Semester, but with a small twist. You can read the full tutorial on the Nunn Design Blog, but instead of white Crystal Clay, I used black. I also laid down gilding flakes into my mold prior to making an impression.

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These pieces have a layer of Gilding Flakes laid down onto the Nunn Design Flat Tags and clear Nunn Design Resin poured over the top.

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In these Nunn Design Bezels, the Nunn Design Resin is colorized using Castin’ Craft Opaque Pigments and splashes of Jacquard PearlEx Powder is swirled in.

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I love these pieces! This technique was featured in our 2019 Fall Semester. You can find the tutorial on the Nunn Design Blog: Make These with Colorized Resin, PearlEx Powders & Organics

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This is a fun technique that we haven’t explored before. It is involves a mixture of Crystal Clay, Jacquard PearlEx Powder and colorized Nunn Design Resin.

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I’m seeing this marbleizing trend becoming more popular. Fairly easy to do by swirling different colors of Nunn Design Resin that has been colorized with Castin’ Craft Opaque Pigments.

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Here is another popular trend that merged from all of those popular “dirty paint pours.” Have you heard of this trend? The acrylic paint is easy to cut with scissors and insert into Nunn Design Bezels. Clear Nunn Design Resin is applied for a hard clear finish.

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Wasn’t that fun? Do you have a favorite?


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