Real Acorn with Ruby Zoisite Earrings
One wonderful example of a found object artisan is Chrystal Nausse who is based in New Orleans. She makes real acorn jewelry out of the acorn cupules or caps she finds. Her shop name is unforgettable - Nuttier than a Squirrel. What I like about her minimalist style is how she teams up the acorn caps with many different kinds of gemstones. These gemstones add color to her designs.

It's not just a matter of collecting the acorns.  What she does is to clean them, roast them to get the right color and then seal them with a protective coat. She initially made some for just her mother and sisters. She went on to sell a few more pairs of earrings to others.

But the route to her Etsy store was a slow one.  Chrystal explained why : " I have a formal art degree (and now a Master’s in Anthropology, but we won’t talk about that), so I was a little reluctant to start making “crafty earrings”. But folks thought that they were the cutest things EVER…and kept insisting that I carry a line of my jewelry in their shops. So I gave in slowly…"

Real Acorn with Chrysocolla Pendant Necklace
Chrystal's sense of humor came across so well when she also explained how she came up with her shop name. She said, "Let's face it. I'm anxious. If I had a totem animal, it would be a squirrel. This is not by choice, because I am pretty sure that they are the hairy version of rats."

"I collect, create, photograph, and market everything all by myself. I guess I’m a bit of a Renaissance woman. Or a busy little squirrel. And I drink lots, and lots of coffee."

Her packaging design photo with stamped acorns, pinecones and that squirrel like tail is spot on!

Real acorn earrings with bronzite
Real acorn jewelry with peridot
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