Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Ethnic Blues

This was another custom request, on an earlier miniature tile I had made, inspired from the fabulous Jaipur Blue pottery. It was also featured in the Bead Chat magazine, along with an article I wrote .

The client wanted the similar colours that were in the tile. And so I made the pendant in the exact colours, giving emphasis on Amber.

It does resemble a mandala design. It is edged with copper metallic paint and hand painted the rest. Studded with Rhinestones.

She requested small earrings . So the discs for drop earrings are very small.

 

I finished it with beautiful German silver findings that are gold plated, and my favourite blue sandstones.

 

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Bling And Terracota

I had a new follower on my FBpage, contact me for a design similar to one of the first pendants I had made with Cold Porcelain.

It did look like it was made rather from Terracota. I had coloured it that way. And the beads I had used were green and copper. As always, duplicating anything is really not my cup of tea. And I did not want to disappoint her either.

The problem when using no molds, is just that! There is no way to reproduce anything just so. Also, I rarely have more than two strings of the same stones or beads.

Another fact is that my techniques have definitely varied over the years, I like to think that there is more finesse to my work now. Though when it comes to putting together colours and such, I tend to have my own mix.

Till today, I have never put together colours with anything other than my own inner meter. I see beautiful articles about seasons, colours, color palettes etc. But have not found much use for those while creating. So this is what I came up with, this time around.

To answer an FAQ,

I find that when picking out the colours for my creations, I can pretty much pick beads first and then get to making the cold porcelain elements, or the other way around. This instance , I made the pendant and then chose the beads.

And then for the earrings, I did not use and Cold porcelain.This earring looked festive enough and also gave a bit of a contrast, I felt.

To echo the Terracota brown, I used brown coated wire as the core instead of a flashier copper or gold jewelry wire.the Earrings are handmade wire work closed hoops on earhooks.

 

This is a glimpse of how they look together. The red crystals really pop. My client was happy too.

 

Monday, 19 September 2016

Onam 2016

Our family did not celebrate Onam this year because we had two bereavements in the family, my dad's mother - the last of my Grandparents, and a first cousin of my dad.

But our hometown is the hub of Onam celebrations in Kerala, and it is tough not to get carried away by the sights and celebrations. In fact these are times when we remember our past years with our grandfathers, most. We were not putting the formal carpet either this year, but our daughter got a chance to take part in the community event of our Residents association. And the result was nothing short of spectacular.

Work in progress, and initial layers.

The finished floral design. And of course, there is the famous Athachamayam procession, which is a spectacular feast for the eyes and very unique to Thripunithura.

 

The King Mahabali himself !

 

Katha

Kathakali, Theyyam and other folk forms.

 

Narada, Artha Naareshwara, getting ready for the procession through the the erstwhile Rajadhani.

Some of the Bhootha ganas.

And of course, we had little Mahabali , Vamana, and a few others visit us at home too!

After a blissful 10 days, even without the huge celebrations that is part of our household, school has reopened, and exams are on the threshold, to make sure that the fun mood does not go on and on !!

Back to routine !

 

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Teddy Bear Miniature Pendant

This is the smallest teddy bear that I have attempted yet. It is just an inch and 1/4th . The bear was to be attached to a key chain, but finally, it was destined to be a pendant.

It has a purple stole and and a very tiny pill box hat. Decided to just make it a pendant on a very thin silver chain. Gave a bead cap to give a slightly more ornate look, and a dangle of purple crystals to go with the purple accents of the bear. A slightly subtle touch.

And this is the finished look.

 

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Mini Bookworm Woes

 

 

Yet another Bookworm. Now sculpting a generic figure , is becoming easier than earlier. But the next challenge is mastering expressions. I tried a worry wart expression. An elderly book worm lamenting the fact that books are getting replaced by Kindle and tabs!

I caught it straight from the wriggly one's mouth. ! He looks all bent out of shape! Hehe

Kindle??? Reading 'apps' ?

How is a young bookworm to know?

What is a young one to gnaw?

The flavourful musty tomes,

The crispy, crinkle of the new

Oh woe ..oh woe....

 

The woeful bookworm is 2 inches long while his perch is 1 and 1/4 inches long, and less than an inch across.

I don't think the plight of books is as bad as he thinks! But since he was in no mood to listen, I left him wallowing. So do you think he looks worried? I would love to know your thoughts.

 

Friday, 12 August 2016

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Poppy Field Necklace

It has been a while since I had done the poppy pendant and matching earrings. It was inspired by the photograph of a poppy field .

And I just loved the hoop earrings. I think I have to make a few more of those !

However, for the life of me, I could not get that perfect fit of beads and findings, to complete the necklace and showcase the pendant well enough. So I just I left it sitting in a box.

The other day, while organizing my stuff, I came across these beautiful red stone beads, and it just reminded me of the poppy pendant. While it was imperative that I showcase the pendant well, I also wanted my necklace to hold it's own.

I had these lovely textured tubes of German silver, in an antique finish. The pendant was of the same finish. So then it was a matter of choosing some more beads to contrast with the red. A lot of red would have just been too much.

I had some green monalisa beads that had different hues of green. So here is the finished set. I would love to know what you think.