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 ?

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Romani Silk thread jewelry

I seldom create jewelry for me or for a client like me, but for My Romani collection of Mixed Media Jewelry, I couldnt ask for a better muse.

I seldom create jewelry for me or for a client like me, but for My Romani collection of Mixed Media Jewelry, I couldnt ask for a better muse. I am someone who is very bold, straightforward, blunt to the point of being rough but I am also extremely soft, kind, fast to forgive and very affectionate. As a woman of contrasts, I like wearing accessories that bring out these potpourri of characteristics which are quite complicated. In this collection, I have used the soft contrast of silk yarn with the blunt hammered shapes of metal as a way to heighten these dichotomies. Wire becomes a binding factor that brings these opposities together beautifully. Romani, in short is for a free spirited, bold, independent, kind woman, like me – Like you!
The following pieces are created using a yarn called “Silk thread”. Silk thread is the commercial name for Viscose – polyester embroidery thread. The ones used in this collection are sturdy, color fast and have cotton ball – loop closure. Silk thread jewelry is currently the rage in India mainly due to the luxurious look that it portrays.

Romani Silk thread jewelry

Petala – a petal style leaf – Hand made silk cord with a wire wrapped copper – gold pendant (from Blue moon beads). Available for sale

Violca – meaning Violet flower- my most beautiful Stamped solder piece from this line. Copper pendant with pure silver design which has been enamelled and shaded. Put together simply on a silk cord with wrapped pearls to be worn with a casual or semi formal outfit. Available for sale


Viola: Like Violca, Viola too refers a violet flower. Here I have abstracted a traditional 4 petal flower motif to create a tab set pendant. Instead of setting a stone, I have domed a circle of bronze to be used as the focal. Looped ball chain adorns the focal. Sold


Esmeralda – Of emerald!! – Hand made orange silk cord wire wrapped with a leaf pendant. The leaf is form folded copper that is styled with cold enamels and patina inks and covered with resin. It has a normal birds nest with pearls on teh leaf. The drop by contrast is a traditional Indian enamelled (meena) teardrop. The wrap has wire spirals in3 colors (gold, copper and green) of annodized aluminum wires along with Japanese pyramid studs. Available for sale

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Tasaria – refers to a New dawn. I have used a variety of crystal beads – different in color and shape to showcase the essence of a new dawn – filled with myriad sounds, lights and textures. I have used a ‘Christmas tree’ like pattern for its obvious geometry along with its theological connection (the birth of Christ indicating a new dawn!)


I have kept these pieces fuss free and wearable as I wanted to create a range that working women could wear to work with their crisp cotton shirts, cotton sarees or kurtas. Unlike the west, workwear in India is colorful, more freeing and provides a lot of scope for the wearer to bring about their personality. These necklaces are simple, yet OOAK (one of a kind) pieces that would make heads turn not just around the water cooler but also at meetings and presentations. Though personally I dont wear many cord necklaces, the understated glam and the quirkiness of these designs could fit right in with my personal style.
In case you have missed, find other designs from this collection here
– Romani Gypsy inspired jewelry
– Romani Mixed Media Jewelry

I hope you found it interesting
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Necklace Tutorials for you

In the last few months, I have been writing very many tutorials – of different skill levels exclusively for the Favecrafts blog.

In the last few months, I have been writing very many tutorials – of different skill levels exclusively for the Favecrafts blog. If you have done any surfing on the net for crafts or recipes or scrapbooking you must have stumbled on to any one of the sites by Prime Publishing like favecrafts or craftpaperscissors or allfreejewelry making. What a lot of you might not know that apart from curating content from great bloggers in different niches and publishing newsletters, that also have blogs that create and present original content.
I have had the good fortune of writing for these blogs a few times now and working with editors like Nicola Pryball, Kayla, Caitlin, Chris and ofcourse Simone hereself ,who first accepted my proposal to write for them.
I have only posted tutorial (links) to the shimmering Sunglasses pendant in my Mother’s day post and Upcycled bottle necklace so far in this blog so I thought of sharing two more with you today.

Lets start with necklaces
A simple, easy to make Draw String necklace with red shell talons, pink stone beads, carnelian beads and spacers. Dont let the summer sun scorch you – Have fun at resort or pool parties by being Tribal Chic- Learn to make this Spicy Tribal DIY Statement Necklace

tribal necklace
Mixed media mini keepsake book necklace – Mixed media mini keepsake books are all the rage now. They can be converted into jewelry, added to key rings or used as bag charms

I worked with MD metals brass sheet for this project. These sheets are great to be embossed – easy to texture and dont crack like how copper foils do and only require minimal pressure. Plus they lend themselves well to clean cuts so no or only minimal filling is required.

Based on my tutorial, I also created these cool key chains for my parents for their 35th anniversary. I embossed 35 years on the back with their names on the front.Since I wanted the key chains to be really usable (and water resistant), I first wrote a message on the paper inside, applied resin on the paper and wire wrapped them as it was hard to saddle stitch. I think that its a wonderful gift to share with your loved one with personalised messages.

What do you think? Would you try these tutorials?
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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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Colorful brass earrings with patina inks

I, like most Indians, have a weakness for color – neutrals bore me and colors liven me up. I am particularly attracted to colors that bond well with gold tones – like mid tones or deep deep colors rather than pastels

I, like most Indians, have a weakness for color – neutrals bore me and colors liven me up. I am particularly attracted to colors that bond well with gold tones – like mid tones or deep deep colors rather than pastels. There was a time however when I liked only midtones and darks but jewelry making has prompted me to look at colors from a different perspective. I now associate them with skin tones, moods and attitudes which has enabled me think of unique and unconventional color combinations.
This Post however is about me taking the concept of using Patina inks (from my Dhathu collection) to semi precious jewelry in my Sudya collection. I think adding color takes a metal component from being generic to being special.
As the findings are gold or silver plated I have played it safe by using traditional color combos like red and green, silver and blue while testing the waters by combining yellow green with pinks.

Elai earrings (Leaf earrings)
16K gold plated brass textured folded leaf earrings with emerald vintaj patina ink with red glass bead drops

Colorful brass earrings with patina inks

Double lotus leaf earrings
silver plated brass lotus leaves findings altered with emerald and topaz vintaj patina inks with pink agate beads and silver plated pewter bead caps. Earring post – sterling silver, plated stoppers
. I have distressed the colors for a worn in feeling

Colorful brass earrings with patina inks

water drop earrings
silver plated brass leaf findings altered with sapphire vintaj patina inks with blue glass drops in silver frame. Earring post – sterling silver, plated stoppers

Colorful brass earrings with patina inks

water lily Earrings
Double layered earrings Created with silver plated pewter lotus leaf findings altered with vintaj patina inks, real- fresh water pearls, brass chain and pink beads enclosed in silver plated frame. Hook pewter. These earrings can be worn in 3-in-1 style – with just the leaf, with just the pink drop on a chain and both put together . The color used is a greenish yellow but looks like turmeric in sunlight

Colorful brass earrings with patina inks

So what do you think of using color on metal and what are your favourites from these four?

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Dhathu flowers- part three

Here is the concluding post on flower designs in Dhathu collection which I totally forgot to post :)Bouquet of Flowers – Pink and purple-shimmer glass beads strung together with pearls and metal pendant in Purple, Pink, silver, copper and green.

Here is the concluding post on flower designs in Dhathu collection which I totally forgot to post 🙂
Bouquet of Flowers – Pink and purple-shimmer glass beads strung together with pearls and metal pendant in Purple, Pink, silver, copper and green. hmmm- what are shimmer beads – they are glass beads with a coat of glitter nail polish on top – Fancy right 😉

Ceraphina Christmas necklace – combination of a shaded patina flower pendant on a green gradient spiral pendant. As the name suggests it was completely inspired by Christmas colors and patterns. I joined both the pendants with a kind of wire wrap cold connection technique I wanted to try out for a long time

Gothic style Rose necklace with an elaborate filigree background this heavy rose bib necklace has been treated with patina inks and glaze to create a stunning head turner of a necklace. Again the pieces are connected with antique brass wire but you cant really spot them unless you go looking for them

 

Inspired by Persephone, the Goddess of Spring this lovely hand painted (with patina ink) and textured floral necklace in red, pink, green, blue and gold is the perfect statement pieces this festive season. I really love this Goddess of Spring necklace as I have a thing for gold flowers

Bouquet of flowers (Pink and green) Patina-ed red and pink metal pendant with ceramic beads and translucent Mina beads Earrings

Bouquet of flowers (yellow, orange, red) Patina-ed yellow, red, orange metal pendant with soft necklace created using pompom trim and rhinestone chain. This pompom necklace was created based on the pompom bracelet DIY that I posted here

Hibiscus set- A jewelry set created with patina-ed floral metal components and beads representing an abstraction of my favourite hibiscus flower

Shakambari necklace– wire wrapped crystal necklace in delicate peach and pista with a stunning patina flower pendant. I really stepped out of my comfort zone with this color combo, but it was an instant hit.

The First four are available for Sale but the last four are sold. If you are interesting in buying the available pieces, please contact me. They are also available at my etsy store

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Dhathu metal Collection flowers II

Continuing with my previous post on the floral line from my metal collection – Dhathu, here is the second installment from Dhathu 2 (second edition) jewelry made with bought metal components and altered with patina and alcohol inks.

Continuing with my previous post on the floral line from my metal collection – Dhathu, here is the second installment from Dhathu 2 (second edition) jewelry made with bought metal components and altered with patina and alcohol inks.

Roses of steel – brass cuff bangles with rustic effect. I didnt use patina here but worked with acrylic paints, metallic accents and glaze to get the rustic effect. This bangle is still available for sale.

Flower on a vine – Earrings creating by Patina-ing metal components in bold blue, green, red and gold color with gold beads and pearl representing flowers on a vine. I started with silver tone pendants, added a metal rose, colored the component and added golden beads to completely transform it into warm festive earrings

Big enamel flower necklace created with Patina-ed metal Flower pendant in pink, green and gold strung together with crackled and coated beads. This was initially a plain brass pendant which everyone literally hated and once I colored it everyone wanted it and it was the first piece I sold in the Dhathu collection. Goes to show how color can make a difference

Red lotus set – Necklace and earrings created with patina-ed silver tone floral metal connectors beads and pearls representing compassion and love that a red lotus stands for. I love these earrings…dont you?


See the first part of the floral line here
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Dhathu collection – Leaves

Here is the second installment of Dhathu – my metal jewellery collection. For those of you who are new here, Dhathu means both metal and root of all life so I have created a collection of jewelry keeping both these meanings in mind.

Here is the second installment of Dhathu – my metal jewellery collection. For those of you who are new here, Dhathu means both metal and root of all life so I have created a collection of jewelry keeping both these meanings in mind. You can read about my previous post on peacock themed jewelry here and about the design process of the collection here
In this post I would like to showcase all my designs from this collection which have been derived from Leaves. The first two are from Dhathu I which comprises of handmade metal components, sketched, hand cut and formed by me and in the latter two (from Dhathu:II) I have used store bought components

Leaf earrings
Leaf earrings: This is one of the first pieces I made as I wanted to try cutting easy organic shapes before venturing to complicated ones. For this design I abstracted banyan leaves, form folded the pieces, applied and blended patina inks and glazed them. The form folding gave definition to the veins and I used a thin ball chain to highlight the central vein of the leaf.
Lotus leaves necklace
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Dhathu – Metal Collection

Finally, I am done with my Metal collection – Dhathu and all ready to launch it. To begin with here is the promo poster…Its my color, mood, and inspiration board for the collection.

Finally, I am done with my Metal collection – Dhathu and all ready to launch it. To begin with here is the promo poster…
Its my color, mood, and inspiration board for the collection. This collection boasts of many first for me – working with Patina inks being the foremost. I have worked with sheet metal before, but this was the first time I worked with Brass sheet metal. When I began researching for this collection I wanted it to be a a line of jewelry that was unique, totally new and completely handmade. But As most of you, my hand problems prevented me from proceeding. But I didnt want to give up. So I divided the collection into 2 parts – one with hand made components(fabricated by me) and one with machine made components, both exciting nonetheless. The result is a new, incredibly Indian indigenous collection that’s been made by exploring a lot of western techniques that even Vintaj wouldnt have thought of.

This journey that began three months ago has been incredibly hard and everytime I started working on it, I fell sick. I learnt a lot about people – myself and others in the process. I cant begin to thank my Mom who sat beside me and helped me finish a lot of the pieces and my students Divya and Niharika for modeling for me. Thanks is all I can say at this moment 🙂

Will post the pics of the entire collection, their descriptions and my favourites, all for your critique soon. Stay Tuned in the meanwhile!!
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