Thursday, 15 August 2013

WireWork Earrings

I got this custom order to make just wire worked jewelry, with no embellishments... I was asked to use only wire.

So I was just trying out different things and it struck me, that coils, when twisted and shaped, would look give a new dimension to the technique.

Anyway , I had this metal file that had three sides, so if I decided to make my coils on that instead of a regular cylindrical shape, just to make it yet more different.

I used 20 gauge copper wire to make the coils. Then I tapered one end to which I was going to add handmade ear hooks.

But as I was about to loop the end, it just seemed to have enough left over to shape ear hooks, with the same wire , without cutting!! I just tried to see how it looked, and it looked great ! I also twisted it a bit to mimic a fluid look..

Here they are ..hand coiled, copper wire earrings from a single piece of wire.!

Monday, 12 August 2013

Silver inclusions and Beads - SHAPES !..

I like gold jewelry, which I think is the norm for any girl who hails from Kerala... But for me, gold is more for occasions.. a wedding or similar grand functions. And for that I mostly prefer the very traditional - read ancient styles, teamed with the timeless sarees like Kanjeevaram.

When I dress up for any other functions, I prefer semi precious stones and beads, accented with silver or copper.. And I love the look of oxidized silver.. I feel it gives a regal look to jewelry. Here are a couple of pieces I made last week..with silver accents.


When I bought the rectangular Silver inclusions, I had the idea of using them in a necklace. But when it was time, I just had to make earrings out of them.. The multifaceted stone beads, and the semi - sphere of the end links, just appeal to me .



The bracelet has another shape of beads - flat, round,not lentil shaped, though... I call them disc shaped, but that description is also not very accurate. Added to that , the mix of some 4 shades of green...

So I just make simple individual links and then teamed them up with seemingly square shaped, silver inclusions . A good pairing, I'd say...


Saturday, 10 August 2013

A surprise invitation ..Guest Judge at a School Fest ...

A call out of the blue from a family friend turned into a surprise and very welcome invitation... 

She is a kindergarten teacher and was in charge of arranging the Guest Judge for the Artificial Jewelry competition, in the Inter-school Fest conducted by her school on their Annual day . ..(phew! that was a mouthful !!) She asked if I would be willing to act as the judge.. 

When I agreed, I was asked to supply a write up on my jewelry making activities and such.. I sent it, and I was sent an official invite by the Principal of the school...

It was a very pleasant afternoon.. also got to re-connect and gossip with my friend... and the kids were really talented. There were nine schools competing in this event...

Thankfully I had really thought out a few criterion on which to mark them , in the event that the school had not made any decisions in that area.... so I was saved...!

So after the judging, which was tough, I was taken to the auditorium, and the prize distribution was also conducted soon afterwards... Then I was asked to hand over the prizes for the event. 

After that , I stayed a half hour and watched superb adapt dancing ... 

It was a nice experience..especially since it was for an event that I really love,...and in really good company. 
Sadly, even though I took my camera, could not take any snaps... 

Friday, 2 August 2013

Featured ..!! August 2013 edition of the Bead Chat Magazine...

Today began with the best news I have had in a while... !! Two of my creations have been featured in the Bead Chat Magazine... !

The Pearl bracelet I made for my mom was featured in Hollywood Glam  and the Cold Porcelain piece with the mirror, Flower and snail, in the Garden category...
 




This was my experiment to try and color Cold Porcelain in the fascinating 'Country' style. HERE is the link to the original post .


And another thing is that I FINALLY got my camera... a new one . I opted for Canon because it is something I am used to..Hopefully, my picture taking skills will improve somewhat...! 

That is for you to judge, though... 

For now, I am just thrilled my work was included in this magazine.. I will post the link in the sidebar ..I am sure all of you will enjoy the brilliant pieces featured there ...I was blown away... another of my favorites, Donna Millard's work has been featured in it ..

Aaaaand....here is the badge ...:)