Metal Cloud Earrings

I have a confession to make – “I am crazy about clouds and I love taking pictures of the sky!” If I could photograph anything I wanted to, I would probably photograph clouds.

I have a confession to make – “I am crazy about clouds and I love taking pictures of the sky!” If I could photograph anything I wanted to, I would probably photograph clouds. For me there is no “ordinary” cloud – every cloud is special and beautiful in its own way. I have pissed off many with this compulsion of mine, to stop, admire, and photograph clouds even when I am in the middle of something important. From dates to functions, from roadtrips to photoshoots – none have been spared. So to hear Keith Christiansen, a curator at the MET museum speak about his attachment for clouds was very satisfying.

Photographs taken at New York City, Udaipur and Chennai

At one point he explains why he takes pictures of clouds and the sky – “it is not a record of a place that I have been too but rather an emotion that I felt standing there and looking at it.” I do not think that I can summarise my feelings for the sky and clouds any better than how Keith feels.
Many, Many artists have taken inspiration from clouds, from Sunrise and sunset skies to fuel their imagination. Next only to flowers, I consider the ever changing nature of clouds as the universal definition of strong inspirational direction.
This Month’s we’re all ears challenge is all about Weather – wind patterns, clouds and rain and as inspiration Erin had provided us with Van Gogh’s Wheat Field with Cypresses that I had posted in the September ABS challenge here

I had great plans for all sorts of earrings when I started writing this post a week back and was then struck down by 102 deg fever. But I have made 2 pairs at the last moment. One is a direct realisation of cloud earring showcasing deep dark booming clouds and the other is a more stylised version of cloud movement in the evening just before the golden hour. The long stud meant to be worn as evening or party wear. Both are studs and are made of brass – brass flower stamping blanks (cut into the cloud shape) and brass wire. I have used my new texture hammer from Parawire to add interest to both pieces. I somehow like the texture on the wire better, what do you guys think?

We’re all ears – its cloudy

I have blinged up both earrings with swarovski crystals and lots of pearls. I also like how the loreals in the first earrings move a lot without making much sound, an attribute I prefer in my earrings. On hindsight, I think I should have not wrapped such heavy pearls to the earrings. As it quite long and tilts to the side (as per the design) it feels even more heavy. But it would be nice to wear it on an evening out and be the cynosure of all eyes. That’s it for this reveal folks and as I close I am going to leave you with more cloud pictures I took in the last few years all over the world.
Photographs taken at Chennai, Kathmandu, New Jersey, and Philadephia

I just realised that even though my inspiration pictures are colorful, vibrant with a happy vibe my designs are dull and melancholic, maybe reflecting my current state of mind and body. Maybe looking at all the beady baubles that the other participants made would cheer me up so I am off to visit the challenge reveal page. Why don’t you all join me ?

I hope you found it interesting
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Beadfest Summer 2016 – a retrospection

Beadfest Fall is almost upon us (from October 13-16th 2016) at Tacoma but I realise that I am yet to write about my experiences at Beadfest Summer 2016. The last month has been pretty exacting – I have been extremely sick yet was working full time.

Beadfest Fall is almost upon us (from October 13-16th 2016) at Tacoma but I realise that I am yet to write about my experiences at Beadfest Summer 2016. The last month has been pretty exacting – I have been extremely sick yet was working full time. I was the organiser of a 2 week long event with competitions and ceremonies at work and then came the navaratri display. But slowly I am getting a handle on things so without much ado here are the highlights of my beadfest workshop experience – well in two quick successive posts. Beadfest Summer 2016 happened at Oaks, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. From King of Prussia (where I stayed at) I had to go through the valley Forge park to get to Audoban and Oaks. The first morning I was pretty scared, for the route looked like a hill station roa d- completely green and devoid of houses or stores for a few miles but then slowly I began to enjoy it for it is impossible to find such beautiful trails in Chennai. So coming back to the workshops – I had such fantastic learning and so many experiences in four days that I cannot do it justice by by cramming it all into one post. Hence in this post I am going to only talk about the first two workshops.

Crackle Enamel necklace by sayuri


Day 1: Celestial Fusion
I couldn’t have asked for a better class to start my beadfest experience or a better teacher than Jean Van Brederode of Charmed I’m Sure Studio. Jean was very sweet and patient and her work with both Crackle Enamel and stamped solder was fantastic and very inspiring. Including me there were only five of us in the class so we got to learn and experiment a lot. At first, we learnt was to create the back piece for prong setting – cutting the plate and wire, making the bail and soldering them together using sheet solder which was all very new for me.

Then we domed another disc and enamelled it in layers. I was working with full dedication at great speed (inspite of cutting my thumb in the first 10 minutes) until I spilled a load of enamel powder on my disc and panicked. Jean calmed me down and helped me streamline it. I did a couple of firing adding colors each time that I had a fabulous piece in the end that I set and wore it immediately. I then made another piece to practice – this time using black crackle enamel.
Crackle Enamel necklace by sayuri

Some instructors do not like to part with extra supplies but Jean encouraged us to make as many pieces as we wanted in the 7-hour class which was so refreshing. I made three extra discs and 2 sets of earring charms. I also tried counter enamelling. In the Beadfest site this class was referred to as “Kiln enamelling” which troubled me as I wanted to learn torch enamelling (something that I could do at home) but it turned out to be torch enamelling only. Jean had brought a kiln but we never used it.

black Crackle Enamel by sayuri
Using black Crackle Enamel
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One day in New York City

If you are here for the We’re all ears Challenge reveal , then skip to the end of the post to see the earrings.

If you are here for the We‘re all ears Challenge reveal , then skip to the end of the post to see the earrings. But if you have five minutes, you could read about my recent travels and my “New York State of Mind”.

In a New York State of Mind

My USA journey began with a flight to JFK where I was picked by my Aunt and Uncle, and driven to their home in the picturesque Albertson. It was everything I had read about American suburbs – calm and quiet, yet not very far from the main road, surprisingly dotted with Indian and Pakistani stores. It might as well been a villa colony along the ECR if not for the American flag fluttering in the porch of many a house.

The next morning, after depositing my luggage at a charming place in Woodside, near Queens Blvd I left to board a train that would take me to Hudson yards station, wherein began my sightseeing Trip. They say that New Yorkers walk a lot – and by the time I reached Pier 83, near the Intrepid Air and Space Museum from Hudson yard, I realised the truth behind that remark. It was a long brutal walk, considered peanuts by NYC standards. Thankfully, the warehouses along the way provided much needed shade during that terribly hot day. I soon boarded a cruise boat and after securing a seat at the upper half covered deck, waited in anticipation to see Lady Liberty.

The Landmark cruise, a 90 minute ride on the Hudson river was a great and comfortable way to see the famed Manhattan skyline even on a very hot day. Within minutes of the cruise I could see the Skyscrapers – all concrete and glass. World Trade Center, 9/11 memorial, Empire State building, Battery park were on one side while the other side offered a peak into New Jersey. Contrary to the note on the Cruise website, the cruise neither goes around the Statue of Liberty nor do we get to see it twice. After a brief glimpse from a good distance we took a U Turn to see the famous Brooklyn Bridge and the Williamsburg bridge. I felt sorry for the folks who did not rush to the deck to take their pictures but waited patiently for the boat to turn around; they never got a chance to take pictures of the SOL after that. Sometimes, patience doesn’t pay.

The commentary was very informative to begin with, but it got boring towards the end with the guide going on and on about the 9/11 memorial, the great “New York rush hour” and Captain Sully’s landing on the Hudson. Maybe with the movie coming up (it has been released now) the guide thought it would be interesting to people, but people got bored and started talking really loudly during the return journey. Instead, we could have spent more time at the statue of liberty as 5 minutes is hardly enough to soak up her splendor. It was however, very interesting, to see people take ferry rides, helicopter rides, go yatching and yes go jet skiing on the river.

After a quick lunch consisting of a muffin and an apple, I ubered to the Met. The Metropolitan museum of art is heaven on earth for artists, designers and connoisseurs of beauty. I really missed my mom and wished that she got an opportunity to see it as well, so I called her (woke her up in the middle of the night) and described the exhibits as I was walking through the Greek section. People say that those who are not artistically inclined can see 4 sections in a day and those who love art can only see 2. I, on the other hand saw 8 exhibits. I rushed through them as FOMO (fear of missing out) gripped me until they basically threw me out at 5:30 PM. “When am I ever going to get an opportunity like this again”, I told myself, forcing my brain into absorbing everything I saw and wishing that I had skipped the cruise and been at the Met at the opening time instead. I will write soon about extraordinary jewelry exhibits and Manus Machina very soon.

I chose to see only three places in NYC and the last on my list was the “Sunset view from the Top pf Rock”. I had gotten a glimpse of Central Park earlier on my way over to the MET but as I travelled towards TOR, I was able to appreciate Central park once again, this time only for $5 as I was driven along the 5th avenue. Thank God for share -Uber that nobody wants to share 😀 My Driver turned out to be a freelance Graphic designer and so he was happy to point out signages and thematic displays of Fashion stores along the famous street.

fifth avenue new york

Even though I was late for my TOR appointment I took my time in seeing portions of the Rockefeller center and browsed at Anthropologie to my heart’s content. But I missed seeing the inside of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and going through more high end stores on that street. If given an another chance, I would do it differently.
My image of New York city, like most other Indians is created based on stories of cousins or relatives who live abroad or is crafted through American Television shows. In my case it was the TV shows like “Sex and the City”, “White Collar” and “Castle” that made me visit TOR at sunset. I fell in love with how the Empire state building looked in the “so called evening light” in the shows but only when I actually reached TOR, I realised that the light in those scenes come from the opposite side, meaning that they could been shot during sunrise. I reached the 67th floor around 7 PM awaiting the 7:55 PM sunset but the sun tested all of us by setting at 8:20 PM. By then, both the 69th and 70th floors had become extremely crowded, filled with frustrated people who were disappointed with their dull, unsharp pictures on a very humid and cloudy day. I guess ‘just seeing’ the Empire state building in all its splendor doesn’t hold the magic that it once did in the minds of people.

empire state building

Ten minutes after the sunset, I gave the Empire state building one last look and left with a heavy heart for I was leaving New York without seeing my favourite Chrysler building properly. My return journey was full of drama for I got lost in the subway maze. New Yorkers, I realised much Chennaites are perfectly capable of giving contradicting directions. GPS was also useless considering the number of roads that had closed due to ongoing construction. One side of most roads were dug up and it took all of my Chennai street smartness to avoid falling into any of them. I was thankful that I had been a city mouse for a while now. After wandering around lost for nearly an hour I reached the Times square. Maybe I was extremely tired and hungry, but to me it looked like someone had setup huge TV screens in Ranganathan Street. I was once again transported to Chennai and quickly reversed my steps to the station. But in a way I was blessed for I got see another glimpse of the Chrysler building as though it was poking its head to say hello to me.

empire state building at night

After shopping for band aids for my bruised feet and inexpensive drugstore makeup (which is very good btw) I finally reached the alarmingly quiet Woodside by 10:40 PM and heated up some soup that was to be my dinner. My day however was far from being over. My Airbnb host turned out to be a FIT graduate of Indian Origin and we ended up talking about uptil midnight about design, fashion and our ethnicity despite my blasting headache. She was quite surprised at how much I had packed into one day in Manahattan.
The next morning I packed my bags, bid my host and New York adieu as I travelled to New Jersey and that my dear readers was my day in New York. We have come to the end of a long post, which was supposed to be the first in my US series. At some point during typing this post, I started imagining myself to be Carrie writing her column and got carried away, sorry!

New York Sunset earrings

Coincidentally, this month‘s We‘re all ears Challenge is all about skyscrapers and the inspiration post features quite a few from New York. So it only fair that I wrote about my New York experience. Both the earrings – New York Sunset and Boxed up sky scrapers were made using the Niobium components that I made in my Rainforest leaves earrings class with Marti Brown at Beadfest. I have used the boxy rectangular shapes of the buildings and the sunset colors for my earrings. The seed beads represent the lit up windows and the scrunched up textures (and folds) represent the repair and construction work happening in the streets and in the buildings.

That was my Day in New York City, I hope you found it interesting

PS: If you are like me and like Billy Joel pop over to listen to his famous In a New York State of Mind Tamil Folks can always listen to New York nagaram orangum neram
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We’re All Ears – Floral button earrings

Welcome to the We’re All Ears, May reveal and our inspiration for this month is Tea parties, China patterns, tea stains and more for Ms.

Welcome to the We’re All Ears, May reveal and our inspiration for this month is Tea parties, China patterns, tea stains and more for Ms. Erin has left it pretty open ended. Her inspiration pictures were from Getty images and as I couldn’t figure out how to post them for free, I picked some Tea pot/china design from an Amazon store called Gracie China Coastline imports.
This theme got me really excited for I am an avid tea drinker. My Friend (or rather her mother) making a model of the “I am a little tea pot” rhyme for a school display in kinder garden was how I was introduced to tea and tea pots. I started drinking tea by the time I was nine as it was supposed to help with my frequent colds and lung inflammations. I ended up loving tea, hating coffee and in the process becoming an outcast in my coffee crazy family.


Indian tea, that is made at home, could be strong or light, bitter or sweet, thick (with more milk) or watery (just a spoon of milk), with or without spices like ginger, cinnamon, cardamom or even pepper, often with a slightly sour after taste. It could be with milk or black, it could be lemon tea, ice tea, green tea and only occasionally the stereotypical Masala chai. It could be served in Stainless tumblers with a deep dish saucer called “Davara” or plastic tea cups, with ceramic cups often reserved for guests.
Here, Tea drinking is a social habit – it is integral to a group conversion. Meeting, discussions, interviews and even dates rely very heavily on countless small paper cups filled to their brims with hot tea. Almost every street, in every state of India will have a “Tea Kadai” (a tea shop), a normal petty box store selling everything from newspapers, weekly magazines, fried snacks, biscuits, fruits like bananas, cigarettes and ofcourse the quintessential strong acidic milk tea. It would be made by the tea master using a milk boiler and served in cut glass tumblers, giving the tea the unique name of “cutting chai”. Its a place where men – both young and old gather together to gossip, talk politics, discuss women and everything else under the sun. You would rarely see a group of women there as they would prefer not to stand at a street corner while sipping tea, but I prefer them over restaurants for a quick drink. Take a look at my friend and miniature sculptor Shilpa Mitha’s mini Tea Kadai model on her page Sueno Souvenir to see what I am talking about.

Floral button earrings

Though I have never had tea in a “fine China cup” I have always been fascinated by China patterns – landscapes, floral branches, geometric shapes, dots and stripes. Some are reminders of art and design movements of the bygone era. Some are reminiscent of colonial invasion, rule or domination. Whatever be the case, kitchenware and tableware tell stories of the times, the local culture, places, the people who lived there and most importantly how they lived. Of all available patterns I am most drawn to English Floral designs in Fine China. I fell in love with them when I was first exposed to Calico fabrics in the second year of college.

Floral button earrings


Though it was Vasco Da Gama and eventually the Dutch, who created and exported Calico fabric (muslin) from South of India, it was the British who added the floral motifs to them to make them for saleable and attractive to British Citizens. On one hand it plagued the Indian fine muslin industry so much so that it became almost extinct but on the other hand it added another form, motif and aesthetic to the repertoire of the Indian printer/fabric painter.

For this challenge, I picked flower wooden buttons and made them into statement earrings with a simple wire wrap. They are quite big but relatively weightless. As an afterthought, I made a couple of more beaded earrings using ceramic beads with floral patterns. Both the patterns are very different from the usual ones you find in the Indian market as these beads have smudged – water-colorish patterns. They look wet, as would motifs on a real tea cup as you wipe spilled over tea off them.

As opposed to some of the other months of this challenge, this month I focused more on my tea memories and less on my design process. The earrings are very simple, easy to make, and are meant for everyday wear – perhaps exactly like tea.
Tea rejuvenates me, it helps me think and focus, What about you? Do share your “tea memories” and how the sights, smells, sounds and tastes associated with tea help you design. Visit the reveal page to see what the other participating artists have come up with
I hope you found it interesting
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Spiral wire Earrings

Of all design motifs I love spirals the most and for good reason for they are the most basic and one of the oldest designs known to man. Math and art geeks would associate Spirals with all things beautiful due to the Golden proportion and the Archimedian spiral Sanatana Dharma on which Hinduism is based on states that AUM is the primordial sound and the basis for all creation.

Of all design motifs I love spirals the most and for good reason for they are the most basic and one of the oldest designs known to man. Math and art geeks would associate Spirals with all things beautiful due to the Golden proportion and the Archimedian spiral
Sanatana Dharma on which Hinduism is based on states that AUM is the primordial sound and the basis for all creation. The visual representation of the letter or the symbol AUM is incomplete without the spiraling loop. The Primordial spirals begin with a loop and continue to grow outward to infinity and beyond. This most basic spiral is called “Suzhi” in Tamil, yes like in the phrase “Pillaiyar suzhi” ( Curling symbol of Lord Ganesha – the elephant headed God)* which is used as the first symbol or expression of thought when starting to do any handwork – from writing to sculpting. See the end of the post for an elaborate footnote.

Likewise, loops and spirals are the foundation for wire jewelry. With a few simple turns of your pliers you can turn even the most humble piece of wire, into a work of art as spirals represent creation, beauty and adornment.

Spiral wire Earrings

I have made many different spiral earrings over the years and they continue to be my favourites ( I even wore one today) so when this month’s Earrings everyday, we are all ears monthly challenge reveal was on Spirals I just had to participate. The first design is inspired by the curls and spirals on a tendril or a creeper and is called the Spiraling Tendril.

Spiral wire Earrings

It is an ornate pair of earrings with annodised aluminum wire and mirror work beadsThe Second design is one of my personal favourites – its simple, elegant, classy and yet rich enough to accompany dressy clothes. I get compliments whenever I wear it even though my pair is quite old. I have made multiples of it over time and yet I always feel excited about it.


Our Inspiration


Out Inspiration was the fiddlehead fern. Chennai, where I live, is super crazy hot now, its been like that for a while (No, we don’t have spring here – just a long summer) so associating the inspiration with spring and the color green was difficult. Hence I chose the form over the color and created my own concept. Do check out what the other designs in the We’re All Ears :: April Reveal

* Footnote

Lord Ganesha, is referred to as the custodian of the AUM sound as his form bears acute resemblance to the visual representation of AUM and people believe that as Ganesha is the destroyer of obstacles drawing a symbolic representation of him – the Pillaiyar Suzhi will remove any obstacles in their path to success.

I hope you found it interesting
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We’re All Ears : February Reveal

For the past few months, everytime I look at the “Earrings everyday” challenge announcements, I tell myself that this time I’ll participate. Then time flies away so quickly that it is the third Friday of the month, with the reveal, due

For the past few months, everytime I look at the “Earrings everyday” challenge announcements, I tell myself that this time I’ll participate. Then time flies away so quickly that it is the third Friday of the month, with the reveal, due. I don’t really make earrings in isolation as I mostly sell sets and really wish that this challenge could be more inclusive – with components or other items like necklaces. But as a part of my “plan” to motivate myself to make jewellery (other than the bridal sets), I am writing this post today.

Even now, I haven’t made anything new, but I do have a few earrings that I made some a long time ago as gifts for myself and my cousin that are a great match for theme, so I thought I’ll show them as I haven’t shown them before. I hope Erin doesn’t mind.

Our Inspiration: Kandyan Style Standing Buddha statue from the Met
NOTE: This artwork is to be used for educational purposes only.

The figure is a copper Alloy with gold gilding and shows traces of Green Patina. I found the ridges and the textures most interesting only be be followed by the color. I couldnt really figure out the form. Some folks are instantly attracted to and inspired by Buddha but I find him (and his figurines/paintings/sketches/photographs) a very difficult inspiration to process. I tend to gravitate towards Ugra murthis (Gods and goddesses who are known for their anger) like Narasimhar, Bhairav and Kali for I can feel their compassion beneath their anger and I get agitated while looking at supposedly calm Gods and deities.

Coming back to the earrings – I want to show two of them – one made with quilling strips ( paper) for myself and the other with silk thread which was made for my cousin. Forgive me for the not so great pictures.

Both are Jhumka style earrings with the paper one being a more conical form and the thread in a spherical form. Both use the same embellishment – pearl rhinestone chain.
The Thread jhumka uses golden yellow viscose thread with a ‘S’ swirl earhook and rhinestone ball bead . My cousin wanted something light and big (long) that she could match with a variety of outfits and gold seemed liked the perfect answer to her needs.

The paper jhumka was one of my early trials of texturing and 3D lining on a domed shaped quilled surface. The reason I havent shown it before was because I wasnt really happy with the quality. After some practice I figured out a better way to follow the technique and the Gold Jhumkas ( tutorial here) earrings were born for the Jewelry Around the World series at Craftpaperscissors, which by the way, is also a good fit for this inspiration 😀

 

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Structured paper earrings – We’re All Ears Challenge

I am happy that for Once I am early with my We’re All Ears Challenge post, without scrambling for designs at the last moment after the reveal post has gone up on the main blog.

I am happy that for Once I am early with my We’re All Ears Challenge post, without scrambling for designs at the last moment after the reveal post has gone up on the main blog. 🙂 Before I pat myself on the back for being on time, I must confess that this happened as I had already made structured paper earrings for my Paprika Collection (unveil very soon) and felt that 2 of the three earrings I made were a perfect fit to be showcased here. Read along, and I will tell you why.

We’re All Ears :: April Inspiration – The City of Arts and Sciences

My take on the inspiration: Two things caught my eye about the inspiration pictures; one the lighting – how the building is lit up and how it looks against the blue sky. Secondly the shape of the buildings – they are geometric, either angular or hemispherical in form, conveying a very edgy, futuristic almost alien like feeling. I felt that though the buildings were structured (huge and strong) they felt light and weightless as if the mutliple layers used to create them were made of paper. Hence Paper earrings !!

resin paper earrings
Spiky disc earrings: Compressed paper disc earrings created with paper, foil , ice resin and iced enamels relique. The silver spikes lend it a very edgy look making it perfect for a club night out and these earrings are super light to wear

resin paper earrings


Compressed paper earrings created with paper, foil, inks, ice resin and iced enamels relique. The shape is art deco inspired – angular, pointy and unusual.
Both earrings are made of multiple layers so you get a feeling that something is floating in between the base and front layer bringing in a sense of movement and fluidity, though the structure is very solid

Our Inspiration

The City of Arts and Sciences is an impressive complex located in Valencia, Spain. Created as a way to honor the melding of science, technology, nature and art, the buildings were conceived and designed by renowned Spanish architects Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela. Read more about the inspiration here

“Hemispheric – Valencia, Spain – Jan 2007” by Diliff – Own work.

“Museo Príncipe Felipe, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Valencia, España, 2014-06-29, DD 56” by Diego Delso

So how do you like these earrings? Check out all the other designs from this challenge.
I hope you found it interesting
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Translucent Bling earrings

Another month has gone by and once again here comes the We’re all Ears challenge by Earrings Everyday This time around our inspiration is a macro photograph of a dragonfly covered in dew drops by Martin Amm. When I first looked at the picture I found it to be very scary

Another month has gone by and once again here comes the We’re all Ears challenge by Earrings Everyday This time around our inspiration is a macro photograph of a dragonfly covered in dew drops by Martin Amm. When I first looked at the picture I found it to be very scary. But then I like dew drops and I like dragonflies so I thought both combined cant be too scary.
The obvious choice for this challenge would have been to use horned beads or beds with little drops on them. But since I find my local clientele not appreciative of such beads I dont really stock them, so I had to hunt through my supplies to find suitable beads. I had bought these large crystal rhinestone beads during my visit to Bangalore in January and combined them with a Handmade Resin focal I had recently made to create this stunning pair.

We’re All Ears :: March Reveal

Translucent Bling resin earrings
Translucent Bling earrings

resin rhinestone earrings

The resin focal was another experiment where I tried Marbling. It was very interesting to try that I used up all bezels I had in the process :D. The components are translucent. When I first made them I thought that they looked like a fruit punch splash but When you shine a light on them, it shows up the ribbed lines through the splatter pattern which looks kind of like the diaphanous wings of a dragonfly. So I have named them as Translucent Bling earrings.

Our Inspiration


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We’re All Ears: Flower earrings

When I say that February’s We’re All Ears Inspiration is absolutely gorgeous – it is an understatement, but I cant a find a better word than that. Erin has enticed even the reluctant of us beaders to participate in this anniversary edition by choosing the Malaysian artist and photographer Lim Zhi Wei (a.k.a Limzy) whimsical flower girl prints (for a calendar) as our inspiration

When I say that February’s We’re All Ears Inspiration is absolutely gorgeous – it is an understatement, but I cant a find a better word than that. Erin has enticed even the reluctant of us beaders to participate in this anniversary edition by choosing the Malaysian artist and photographer Lim Zhi Wei (a.k.a Limzy) whimsical flower girl prints (for a calendar) as our inspiration. These stylised photo illustration have made me realise how I can make illustration fun for my Fashion communication students and my head is spinning with possibilities – however none with respect to making jewelry – sigh!

Though I am more of a leaf than a flower person when it comes to jewelry design, I do love them and use a lot of them in my accessories, cards and arrangements that I make for family.
I chose rose as my inspiration – I didnt know about birth month flowers before this but mine turned out to be roses. No wonder I am so attracted to them
Let me say that I am by no measure doing any justice to the inspiration with my design; but I really wanted to take part because I loved it so much. So here one altered Lucite flower earrings and one paper flower earrings from a wedding set I made. Will post the full set soon – it was a gorgeous 10 piece wedding flower jewelry set maybe with mulberry flowers

paper flower earrings
Earrings made with mulberry flowers – red roses and pearls


Peach Flores Earrings – These long chain earrings are created using Peach lucite flowers altered with gold acrylic paint and alcohol ink, Sealed and wire wrapped with a wire bead.

lucite flower earrings


wire wrapped flower earrings

Our Inspiration

Do visit the Earrings Everyday Reveal page to see what others have created with this inspiration in mind

I hope you found it interesting
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14th Blogger/Non-Blogger Challenge -Twice as Nice Holiday in July

This year, one of my jewelry goals is to participate in atleast one challenge every month. Often I end up making the piece on the reveal day (bad girl!!) but I want to really try and keep up this goal.

This year, one of my jewelry goals is to participate in atleast one challenge every month. Often I end up making the piece on the reveal day (bad girl!!) but I want to really try and keep up this goal. so this month apart from the Earrings Everyday challenge I am also taking part in the 14th Round of the BNB Challenge (Blogger/Non-Blogger Challenge), where we can create 1 or 2 designs inspired by either or both photos/colorways: Woodland Creatures and/or Sparkling Holiday. I’ll be showcasing two pieces today that are variations of designs I made in the last year.
Here is the brief given by our host – Toltec jewels
Woodland Creatures:
Be inspired by the colorway, the sweet woodland creatures and Father Christmas, by winter beauty, woods, the Winter Solstice. Consider using art beads — many artists create owls, raccoon, birds, bunnies, mushrooms, squirrels, etc. Celebrate Christmas, Santa, childhood fun, Christmas eve, nature.
Sparkling Holiday:
Be inspired by the colorway, the sparkling elegance, Holiday party jewelry, Hanukkah, silver and gold, crystals, Solstice light. Consider using Swarovski & Czech crystals, pretty cup chain, lovely metals. Celebrate the Miracle of Light, gifts of silver and gold, beauty and glamour.

Woodland Creatures

When I saw this palette I was really attracted to the red color of santa’s robe, so my design is predominantly red with a focal of a agate bead and dragonfly clasp. To me, the Red and green combo which is a classic complimentary color harmony, totally represents Christmas. I really love the furry creatures in the picture but I dont have any any beads or focals that represent them so I picked what I had – a dragonfly. As a totem, a dragonfly is symbolic of transformation and change – a perfect metaphor of my life at the present – so many changes, making me adapt to situations as they come.
If you are looking for an ethnic interpretation of this palette, you can find one from my every color has a story series, Birth of a New dawn palette, January 2014. The colors are strikingly similar in both but inspired by very different images

Winter Red Necklace

Sparkling Holiday

For this theme I went with big chunky crystals and translucent beads which are smoky. I have kept it very dainty, almost ladylike, which is quite a departure from my usual kitschy style. The necklace looks kinda dull in this picture but it is sparkly enough to dress up a shirt or a formal dress

Crystalled Necklace
I am sensing a sort of theme or flow in the choice of my designs for this challenge – both pieces have chunky segments, but on the overall look and feel very light, airy and simple. Is this the new me? I dont know, only time will tell.

This contest has a prize – The creator of each winning design receives a $25 gift certificate to Lima Beads, so please come look up my designs Crystalled and Winter red in the BNB facebook gallery at Beed Peeps and vote for me by liking my design before September 1st. Bead Peeps Group is a great new group on facebook where like minded people discuss beads and jewelry.
Find the facebook contest gallery here

I hope you find it interesting
Cheers

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