September ABS – Expression of impressions

As a design student in the early 2000’s the art movement that I was most drawn to was impressionism. Everything about the movement – from how it came into existence, it journey including Neo and post impressionism, the artists, their style, and the range of subjects fascinated.

As a design student in the early 2000’s the art movement that I was most drawn to was impressionism. Everything about the movement – from how it came into existence, it journey including Neo and post impressionism, the artists, their style, and the range of subjects fascinated. The more art and design history I studied, the more I started relating to the overall Positivist philosophy of art which is the rejection of Romantic subjectivism in favor of the objective description of the ordinary world. Impressionism, Post-impressionism, Expressionism, Fauvism are all the art movements of the positivist age and are linked not just by the time period or brushstroke technique but also by the treatment of a subject that implied a certain degree of distortion. While Impressionism is more fluid and spontaneous, expressionism is more intense and emotional. Artists like Van Gogh were able to successfully bridge both.

Pebeo paint jewelry


September’s Art bead Scene challenge is to create an art bead/components or Jewelry with art beads inspired by Paula Modersohn-Becker’s “Old Woman from the Poorhouse in the Garden with Glass Ball and Poppies” which is an expressionist style of painting. While I found the colors in the painting calling to me, I somehow could not comprehend the imagery. I found it closer to Paul Gauguin’s primitivist impressionism works maybe due to the presence of brown skin tone and rust colored clothing.

You might wonder how difficult can it be to decode a picture of a woman holding flowers, but I didn’t find it compelling. So I took a leaf out of Edvard Munch’s Scream and Anxiety – the classic textbook reference in Expressionism, I decided to make pendants with streaks of colors and visual texture that is visible in Paula’s painting. Again I wasn’t very convinced by the color palette that was provided, so I proceeded to make my own from the painting. In usual design school style (where only a maximum of five colors are allowed in the color board) I picked an unconventional palette of reddish rust, muted blue, pale green, deep mustard and one neutral black.

Pebeo paint jewelry canvas

 

Expression of impressions
Beyond the given painting, my inspiration comes from me visit to the Modern art gallery – particularly the Impressionist wing at the Metropolitan museum of art. So I call my work as my Expression of impressions on my mind there.
The first pendant is based on an idea I have been wanting to try for a very long time Mini canvas like pendants. For this piece I used artists’ canvas as the base and played around with Pebeo Prisma colors that I got at Michaels. In my metal image of the inspiration picture I saw bluish purple ( I guess that was my impressionist brain mixing colors by itself) so the pendant has a large dose of bluish purple in it due to which it looks cooler than the painting. I am still exploring bail and necklace options for it (nothing seems to work) so I am open to suggestions.
 
enamelled metal pendant

I was not sure if just a colored canvas pendant would be considered a valid entry for the challenge, so I made another. I used an embossed copper circle, that was flame painted and partially enamelled with Vitreous crackle enamel (made by me at beadfest). I added pebeo paints and Ice resin jewel tints to get paints streaks and texture on it. This just has a hole on the top as I am figuring out bead options to make it into a necklace.

air chasing on copper jewelry
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Budget Shopping in USA

My last post on Beadfest beads was filled with photographs of colorful beads.

My last post on Beadfest beads was filled with photographs of colorful beads. This one on what I bought is a little duller – monochromatic as I mostly bought metal or metallic paints. You can buy anything and everything you want in USA but when you are on an extremely tight budget, shopping for art or jewelry supplies can be considered a frivolous pursuit. Still, I managed to shop and here is my haul – artsy/crafty and jewelry related things that I bought at Michaels and at Beadfest. Apart from these items I shopped only for food, Disney souvenirs, and yes “Foreign” Chocolates to feed 100 hungry mouths back home 😀

Michaels
Outside the US, the word ‘Michaels’ conjures strong images of a treasure filled cave like structure (from Alladin) in the minds of crafters. You imagine endless aisles of crafting supplies that are to be reverently bought and carefully used. So when you step in to the store, it is a sort of an anticlimax moment – it is after all, just a craft store, that is going to tempt you to spends three times your budget.
I loved the flowers and art materials (at the King of Prussia store) but felt that the beads were far too expensive. Most beads sold there are from India or China and even at 50% off they were atleast twice their original price. So I bought some artistic wire, wire gauge, mini canvases, Prismacolor pencils for coloring on metal, Pebeo paints (my biggest splurge there), metallic alcohol inks, some rhinestone connectors and metal texturing plates. I also found a really cute Mickey – Minnie T shirt in the kids coloring section for $3.5 that was surprisingly well made and I wore it to Disneyworld.

My friends later told me, that they never shop at Michaels without a coupon. I didn’t have one, so I checked the price of everything in Indian web stores, their availability or lack thereof and only when I found a bargain I bought it. I swear I have never made so many currency conversion calculations in a single day at the end of which I became fluent in the multiplication table of the number 69. Inspite of my crazy calculations, I still spent about $132 there, which was 2/3rds of my shopping budget for the entire US trip. I left Michaels thanking God for wonderful relatives, who believed in giving me cash gifts, that I could spend on art supplies.

Beadfest
Since I was at Beadfest the entire weekend, I was able to look through the booths more than once which translates into – going overboard my budget even though a lot of what I wanted to buy wasn’t available to. My first bead purchase were the decoupaged and resin beads. I have great plans for the Frieda beads and the banana fiber horn. I bought a Xuron cutter for 12g-18g, hard solder paste, a cup burr (which was quite difficult to find) Apart from these I spent bulk of my budget at the Metallaferous booth buying textured metal, chain, bracelet blanks and a locket and at the Parawire booth buying (yes) more wire and 5 in 1 texturing hammer which has been on my list for 3 years now.


I also bought some UV resin to try as my students keep asking me about it, some casted metal for coloring and really cool enamel headpins which was my “best buy”. The Artist was selling it for just a dollar a bunch on Sunday afternoon as end of show special. On the last day, I finally gave in and bought some beetle wings and Afghan coins. My mom has been behind my life to get myself some swarovski or cubic zirconia earrings that look like solitaires and not wanting to disappoint her I finally found some luscious earrings with Cubic Zirconia (mine look like solitaries and hers are snowflakes) for the both of us. Also, my parents were getting our apartment painted while I was away and in the middle of all that chaos my mom lost her new (aka my old phone) and was extremely upset. So I got her some swarovski pearls because I was feeling really bad for her and put away some cash for a new phone.


Amazon
My purchase list had ren wax, polishing pads and Clauss scissors in list none of which I could get at beadfest. So just before I left Philly I had this brainwave to order them on Amazon and get them delivered to my Disney Resort. Unfortunately, only the Ren wax qualified for Prime shipping and was delivered on the last night of my stay in the US. I am still looking for people who are likely to travel to India in the next couple of months and will be willing to carry the rest for me.


Freebies
What is a good haul post without some freebies thrown in? I got awesome swag from the Ice resin booth – you guys are the best !! (the full story on this later) and some really yummy beads made by Lori Schneider who along with Robin Showstack were my roommates for a couple of days. It was so much fun being with them.



Out of the three beads, the beetle is my favourite (the hieroglyphics beads is the back of the beetle) and I am so happy to have some really cool artisan beads that I can use for challenges and contests.

I realize that I have been incredibly slow in posting about my trip and even when I do, its not in the right order. But then, with one infection after the other, I am all wiped out. All my energy is spent on just preparing for class and getting there on time, that I just don’t feel like doing anything else. Finally I made some Jewelry the past weekend for the BNB “A day at the beach” Challenge Beach sparkle necklace and Color pops necklace. Do check them out and like them to vote for me


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What is iced enamelling

As a kid my mom would tell me stories of palaces and forts in places like Agra and Jaipur but instead of focusing on the prince- princess part, she would talk to me about architecture and ornamentation. Years later, at the age of 12, on my first trip to Agra and Jaipur I fell in love with inlaid stones, marble and enamelling (meenakari) and the stories I heard before started to come to life.I have been enthralled with the richness and smoothness of colour that meenakari gives jewelry and I have tried more than once to find tutors who would teach and have failed.

As a kid my mom would tell me stories of palaces and forts in places like Agra and Jaipur but instead of focusing on the prince- princess part, she would talk to me about architecture and ornamentation. Years later, at the age of 12, on my first trip to Agra and Jaipur I fell in love with inlaid stones, marble and enamelling (meenakari) and the stories I heard before started to come to life.
I have been enthralled with the richness and smoothness of colour that meenakari gives jewelry and I have tried more than once to find tutors who would teach and have failed. But after every such attempt, I would ask myself if I could do such fine, precise work and even if I could, did I want to do it? I realised that I wanted something more organic, something that would flow and merge without being held down by conventional rules. I wanted a medium that would resonate with my free spirited nature and after a lot of search I found Relique powders

Before moving on into the technique let me give you a bit of background here. I came across the Iced Enamelling process in 2013 via videos and was fascinated. As it was a bit expensive then, I let it go. Then in 2014, as fate would have it, I became a part of the Ice resin Creative team and was soon sent Iced enamels relique powders to try.

What is iced enamelling

Iced enamelling is the process of using ICED enamel relique powders to color metal in a fun way. Though it comes under cold enamelling process (which requires the use of neither the kiln nor the torch), it does require a little heat to fully form. There are 14 available colors out of which three are glitz metallic (fine glitter), three are matt metallic and the rest are solid colors. Watch the video by Sun Lenart Kazmer for a simple DIY



Materials required for iced enamelling
Apart from the Relique powders, you will also require a bottle of Enamels Medium, a heat gun, a tile to work with, a two part epoxy resin (preferably Ice resin) and ofcourse the metal piece that you want to enamel. It is interesting to note that though enamelling is a technique that is commonly associated with metal and the powders have been specifically developed for this purpose, they also work well with a resin or a plastic base. I did try this technique in my Nouveau roses necklace‘s pendant which won the ABS monthly challenge for Art beads. The butterflies and leaves shown in this post were made by participants in my recent resin workshops. Arent they pretty sweet?

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Reflections – March ABS

For the March ABS challenge, our inspiration was a painting by Taisia K. Afonina titled “Still Life with Pussy Willows”.

For the March ABS challenge, our inspiration was a painting by Taisia K. Afonina titled “Still Life with Pussy Willows”. I had no idea what pussy willows meant until I looked at the picture and when I did, the painting felt more like a casual Tea table set up than the more formal “traditional” setting that is used for still life drawing in art classes. A note accompanying the paintings emphasizes the above point, by mentioning that the painting comprises of a “Set of objects that are organic and natural, causing numerous associations. Composition of the painting is devoid of stage effects. It seems that the observant eye of the artist captured on canvas daily life of a bygone era. The exquisite silver composition fills us with the invisible presence of those who are dear to us and whom we will always be waiting….”

Inspiration – March ABS
“Still Life with Pussy Willows” By Taisia K. Afonina


Rather poetic, I should say and the words “associations, organic and silver” immediately caught my attention. As I started to form a visual image in my head (for the design) all I could think about was something sea or water related and thus I settled in the concept of “Reflection”.
Inspirations work in strange ways and on closer examination of the painting I notices the reflections of the vessels on each other, the light reflection on the vase and the chiaroscuro effect on the sheer gossamer curtain.

crystal and paper necklace


Heather had suggested a color palette of pale grays and neutrals with dark peacock teal, purple and dull yellow. But I really couldnt see these colors in the picture. I found cold frosty silver with lots of blue along with accents of purple and on hindsight, ochre. I made two pieces based on the theme – Dew drop and Mirror Mirror and they came together pretty quickly as I found the colors very simple.


Dew Drop
The artisan component is resin pendant that I made with layers of paper and foil and is strung together with gorgeous glass crystals in a frosty blue. The pendant looks like metal, rough with a matt blue patina on it. For added interest I have used silver foil glass beads and silver crystals along with purple glass beads and a double sided purple and green matt crystal bead. The necklace has a lot of intrinsic shine but without that blingly over the top rhinestone type of shine.

crystal artbead necklacefaux metal pendant


Mirror Mirror:
My fascination with/for mirrors is very well known in my circle, so much so that my family never ceases to remind me that I will not live in a room devoid of mirrors. I have to admit albeit reluctantly that it is true. I think mirrors not only help see your yourself, they make a room appear bigger also brighten up the area by reflecting light. I am a big fan of how Ancient Egyptians used mirrors to light up their vaults and how mirrors are used in metal jewelry worn in India during Dandiya.


To cut the long story short, I knew that I wanted to used mirrors in my pendant and create a mosaic sort of look (as an ode to good old Gaudi) to mimic the distorted reflections and depth as showcased in the painting. I used matt silver paper as the base and did multiple resin pours. I made a mistake here. The first pour was ice resin and second was little windows, both of which have difference physical and chemical properties, so I ended up with lots of bubbles in the front and a pattern at the back. I am still wondering how to correct it.

Despite this flaw I really like the piece. It has organically cut shell nuggets from South east Asia, Indian glass beads and a lovely floral clasp. I actually like both these pieces, a first for me, mainly because they are in blue and I tend to shy away from this shade of blue. Maybe as the weather here is burning, roasting hot with complex humidity, I somehow feel that these pieces would bring the much needed coolness to refresh the wearer as well as the onlooker.

Do tell me what you think of these pieces and my unorthodox realisation of the given inspiration. You can find entries of other artists in the Art bead Scene Pinterest page – Beads and Jewelry challenge

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Romani II Thread and Metal jewelry

In my last post on Romani- Gypsy Inspired jewelry, I wrote about how I was Inspired by the names of Romani gypies (and their meanings), to create a line of bohemian jewelry, that is unique and truly special. Containing handmade cords and unique metal components that are hand made by me each piece is eclectic and full of flavour.

In my last post on Romani- Gypsy Inspired jewelry, I wrote about how I was Inspired by the names of Romani gypies (and their meanings), to create a line of bohemian jewelry, that is unique and truly special. Containing handmade cords and unique metal components that are hand made by me each piece is eclectic and full of flavour.
This collection at the outset might not resemble one that was inspired by gypsies. Why? Gypsies, are generally associated with beads that they string and trade as it is an easy to carry commodity for them particularly when they are travelling. Seldom are they associated yarn or metal. But I chose to make this connection, because the extreme characters of the materials in comparison showcased the eclectic nature of the Gypsies better than beads. There is also another reason for doing so; a more selfish one. One I will reveal in my next post on Romani.

Here are the next five pieces from the line in this short post as I have been a little lost lately, first with travelling, then work, training and most of getting literally baked and dehydrated due to hot hot sun.
Lyuba – means to love. My Facebook fans would have seen this one on the header. It is a Beaded silk cord choker with a woven metal component wired with beautiful red paper roses; reminiscent of new found love. Inspired by all the Floral jewelry that I made for weddings. Sold

Nuri – Means Gypsy. Nuri was a big time experiment. I flame painted the sheet, drew on it, enamelled the piece and watched it change, morph and grow through these experiments and finally coated it with resin to preserve all my trials. This pendant with the cord was a perfect match to my emotions and personality while making it – so complex with lots of layers, each adding, contributing to the whole.

I had originally Made this necklace with black and blue cords to bring out these accent colors from the pendant. But a client who saw it, wanted me to add copper beads to match with her wardrobe better. I oblidged and changed it to its gold and copper avatar as you can see in the last picture.

Luminista & Luminita – A little Light. Braided metal component in silver tone with a handmade royal blue cord. A diamond glass bead with a aurora Borealis finish adds a little sparkle The braids are sealed to prevent tarnish.

A variation of the above using a braided metal component in gold tone with a handmade emerald green cord.

 

Fluturi – Butterfly. As soon as I took the cord out from Nuri, A butterfly design in blue magically appeared in my mind. I found an UFO – A handcut and hand painted copper butterfly I had made a while ago. I added a black stone focal, silver crystals and a shell bead and soon Flututri was born. Being an elegant piece ( with a 2.5″ butterfly) and Black and blue adjustable tie up cords, it is Perfect for pairing with Cotton clothes, particularly cotton sarees this summer

Excepting 1 & 2 the other three pieces are available for sale. For Pricing and order mail me at [email protected](dot)com. Romani is a fast growing line, expect to see more pieces soon 🙂

Before I wrap up for the day, I want to take a minute to thank you for all the love and positive comments that I got in my last Romani post. It is indeed rare for an observer and a creator to feel the same things while looking at a design. I feel privileged to have that connect with you all and I hope that I’ll continue to have it in the future.
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Romani – Gypsy inspired mixed media Jewelry

Imagine a land, not very far far away.

Imagine a land, not very far far away. The sky is painted a reddish orange as the sun sets close to a grassland marketplace. Laughter bubbles up in the air as beautiful gypsies trade bead, baubles and interesting stories with one another. Fires are lit as the camp prepares for the night, children run around playing around the musical tableau set by some old wise men. As the music strums through, these bewitching Romani gypsies wearing beads, cords and hand forged metal, dance twirling their underskirts completely enchanting the crowd gathered at the marketplace.

Photos from Svenko

Inspired by each one of these gypsies (and their names) I present a collection of beautiful jewelry made of hand forged metal components, braided cords and beads that are bohemian, with a deep rooted ethnic flavour. I present “Romani” designed as ever to please your soul. Here are the first five pieces from Romani.All of the following pieces are available for sale; please mail me to buy.

 

Zeita – Means Goddess. this necklace comprises of a handcut ruffled and textured brass pendant that is flame painted and treated with patina inks to produce an unique effect. It is augmented by the prong set glass focal at the center that is framed with pearl-stone chain. This necklace is fit for a Goddess with the pendant having a garland of ‘x’s and ‘o’s as a sort of an offering, a dedication. The neck cords are made of cotton cord in bright yellow and bottle green and can be knotted at the back making the necklace adjustable
* Update: There are many comments on this post where people have talked about the “Magical power” symbolised by the Zeita necklace. To be frank, I felt it too while making it and hunted a while for the perfect name for this piece. This necklace originally started off as a contemporary piece made of cord and a hammered pendant, but it felt deeply lacking and somehow adding The eye with the yellow stone, seemed to breathe life into the piece. May be I have read too many Nora Roberts’ books or I was a mystical Gypsy in my past birth, but Zeita speaks to me. I am glad that it speaks to you too

Mirela – Mirela means to admire. This Mixed metal bohemian necklace has been made using handmade, textured and oxidised copper and brass components stacked on top of one another and riveted. The handmade beaded cords and rustic clasp adds to its charm

Mirosi – means to savour . Savour the delights of this mixed media beaded necklace created using handcut metal, specially made shimmering enamel resin focal, braided cord and looped beads. The gold flecks in the cab along with the crystal beads and dichroic resin drop makes this a sparkling addition to your wardrobe. The necklace is slightly asymmetrical with opening in the front. Expect a tutorial for this necklace soon, on the IceResin blog

 

Lumina – Lumina referes to ‘a source of light’ often meaning bright or brilliant. This Extremely Light weight necklace comprises of a Handwoven patinated copper pendant with a verdigris finish and is looped together with magnesite and cedarwood beads. Designed to look like a “woven silk Kottadi saree” (Saree with metallic thread checks) with a bejewelled border and a brilliant rhinestone drop.
 


Andree – Meaning warrior – warrior style Goddess Necklace made with Hammered brass bib, a wire wrapped square lava bead and genuine sheep leather
 

 

These were the first few pieces from Romani; More are yet to come. How do you like them and which one is your favourite? Would you wear metal and thread together in such a bohemian style?
Stay tuned to read more about them piece by piece in the upcoming posts or hop to my facebook page Sayuri to see the entire collection together

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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.
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Blogiversary – Turning 5

A tutorial for Valentine’s day followed by a blogiversary post has what has been the norm on this blog every February for the past five years. Yes this blog baby of mine is five years old today but I wasnt really sure if I wanted to write an anniversary post as I am not big on traditions

A tutorial for Valentine’s day followed by a blogiversary post has what has been the norm on this blog every February for the past five years. Yes this blog baby of mine is five years old today but I wasnt really sure if I wanted to write an anniversary post as I am not big on traditions. After some contemplation, I decided to write this post as a way to give thanks for everyone who has helped me along this journey and to introduce you to the new stuff that is happening around here.

This past year has been full of challenges – no I dont mean the “I am so busy with my day job and am sick all the time that I can barely write challenge” (though its completely true) but the good literal kind. It all started with the Bead soup blog party, through which I met loads of incredibly talented artists and jewelry designers from all over the world, was inspired by their work and participated in many exchanges and contests. This was the kind of international exposure I was longing for all these years. I finally found it and I can see a sea of change in my aesthetics and my design sensibilities – So mighty thanks for that!!

I got an opportunity to work with some incredible brands, Organisations and sites that I love – CHA, FaveCrafts, Plaid, Aunties’ beads, Beadmixer and the cherry on the cake that is Ice Resin. I have been selected as one of the guest bloggers/designers for Ice resin this year and I just posted an exciting project – The Phalakhara Necklace on their site. I thank Iceresin wholeheartedly for their support and their confidence in me.

There were blogs that I followed back in 2009 before I started blogging, that I still follow, read and enjoy. The chief among them is TheBeadinggem. Pearl couldnt have chosen a better name for her blog as I find a gem of information on her blog that keeps my fire fueled. ABS and AJE are two recent finds that make me wonder how much I could have learnt if I had found them earlier.

I remember working on converting this blog to a responsive format last year which was a extremely interesting yet tiring process. I thought I had learnt a lot and then decided to create a website for my college culturals. Half way through I realised that I had barely scratched the surface the previous year. After 3 redos and loads of reading and streamlining I made a site – yes mam I did; and a fine one at that!! 😀

So what will be new this year??

I loved writing the new “How to” column which is filled with tips and tricks in relation to jewelry making and blogging. I hope that its been useful; as I’ll be adding more to it. I have also started doing Book Reviews and will continuing with product reviews to as I just got some great goodies from CHA. I do want to move this blog to wordpress and self host but I dont have a clue as to how I am going to transfer hundreds of posts and comments. Hopefully a solution will present itself.

I have had this strong desire to write a book (craft based or fiction) for a while now and I really hope and wish that it comes true this year. I have been prepping for it in smaller doses by sending designs/ articles for publication whenever possible and its been a roller coaster so far as the unavailability of design related publishers in India makes the process daunting. So fingers crossed!! But I do hope that if and when I get such an opportunity that I have the kind of discipline it takes to do a good job.

This past year that I learnt that I cannot let a day go by without indulging in some creative work regardless of how tired I am. So recently I have started working on mini projects and smaller lines rather than concentrating on creating huge collections like Chithiram and Ragamala which took a huge chunk of my time this past year. Most of these are experiments and I have started to wear them proudly to work everyday which was something that I never did before. Will post them soon here. I am hopeful that I‘ll also make money out of them at some point to keep the brand moving forward.

More than anything, I hope that I’l be able to entertain and connect to you with interesting and informative stories

So thats it for now folks. I thank all of you for being patient readers of this blog for five years now – I couldnt have done it without you. Your comments, feedback, support and most importantly, Love, has what has kept me going. Do continue to give me your feedback – on posts, topics, writing style and tell me what else you like more of on this blog.

To Thank you, I have a small giveaway. One reader of this blog (with an Indian Postal address) and randomly picked from the comments, likes, retweets, pins of this post will get a small set of goodies from me – a how to book from Prima beads, some trinkets, some washi tape, and stickers.

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Bead Peeps Swap and hop Partner

So I signed up for the Bead Peeps Swap and hop hosted by Linda of From the Bead Board a while back and the partners were matched last week. Linda has made a ‘seriously awesome’ Pairing to use the latest college lingo.

So I signed up for the Bead Peeps Swap and hop hosted by Linda of From the Bead Board a while back and the partners were matched last week. Linda has made a ‘seriously awesome’ Pairing to use the latest college lingo. Really Shes’ awesome!!My Partner is Lori Schneider of Bead Addicted. She is a registered nurse running (heading) an Alzheimer’s unit in a nursing home in Dedham, near Boston. She is a proud mom of 3 adult children and some super cute doggies.


She has been making jewelry for about 4+ years now and before that did quilting, pottery and knitting. Such a Crafty person! She has a mind blowing stash of beads and runs a destash group on Facebook called the bead hoarders destash. She also makes her own ceramic components; I wish she lived nearby so that I could learn from her. Do read her introduction of me on her blog


We connected really well when we chatted on FB and I am really happy that she is willing to try the new and experimental mixed media stuff that I would send her. Now begins my real job – what do I send her??
I have decided to send her some leather beads and some metal components that I am trying out using iced enamels and inclusion from Ice resin. I also want to give her an eclectic palette to try but dont want to go full on jintak* either. Maybe a combination of pink, turquoise, orange and rust? With some neutrals perhaps? Oh Green, How did I miss green? Well that is just as a unique color combination as any that I can think of, so I guess that settles it.

For those of you who are new here and wondering what happens in a bead swap, here is an infographic made by our dearest host Linda

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My Valentine necklace DIY

I cant believe that it is already the second week of February, and I havent posted a gift idea for Valentine’s Day.

I cant believe that it is already the second week of February, and I havent posted a gift idea for Valentine’s Day. so better late than ever, here is design idea with a tutorial that will make a fabulous Valentine’s Day gift for yourself or your ‘valentine’ this year.

The word ‘valentine’ conjures up lots of instant images for me, the chief being pink hearts and glitter. But as most of you know, I am not a fan of girly colors or details. So I have tried to incorporate glitter and hearts into the design, in a way that it can be worn throughout the year, as it looks more ethnic than foreign due to the combination of pink with green and gold.

This tutorial, I must admit, is a departure from my usual 5 minute DIY posts, as it is a bit time consuming (can be done in a day). It is a deceptively simple design with lots of little details. Nevertheless, it can be done by beginners who know how to make wire loops.

 

 

“My Valentine” necklace DIY

Materials
– 1″ brass disks with hole (2)
– Dimensional magic
German glass glitter salmon
– pink nail polish
– green glass beads
– gold tone eyepins
– brass link chain
– artistic wire
– jump rings
– Lobster clasp
– Nose pliers
– wire cutter



Method
1. Draw a heart shape on the disc and cut. Alternatively cut out 2 hearts from brass sheet and punch holes in the center
2. apply dimensional magic to the shape and cover with glitter. Let dry.You can use Ice resin instead of DM if you prefer a sealed smooth finish. But I used DM as it takes lesser time to cure and I wanted a textural finish on the pendants.
3. paint over glitter on one disk with nail paint. let dry
4. Cover both discs with DM or resin and let dry until completely cured
5.Cut chain into bits (pairs bits) of 1.5″length
6.Loop green beads on eyepins and connect them to the chain bits
7. Connect the center two beads with a jump ring. Connect the painted heart to this ring with another ring
8. Connect both hearts using a wrapped wire loop.The messy wrap allows for a lot of movement but you could do a really clean wrap if you wish to keep the pendants straight.
9. Add rings and clasp as the end of the chain to finish the piece

I think when you love someone, whether its your partner, parent or friend or even a pet, you never really see yourself in isolation (esp when you think of them) but in conjunction with them. You think about what they feel for you or about you and how you would like them to think of you. This design was born out of that thought – of two hearts connected to one another by a fragile messy connection (Yup most relationships are messy) but strong, prosperous and joyous together sharing lots of wonderful memories.

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