Sunday, 31 March 2013

Blogging from A to Z April - 2013

A to Z Challenge [2013]

I had joined the Creative Every Day, challenge just yesterday, when I came across this A-Z challenge for April. 

For anyone who wants to join, there is a link on my sidebar, or the links above... 

The rules seem relatively simple. Post everyday , for the month of April , except on Sundays. 
Each blog post title should range from A to Z, consecutively... 

But I am sure there will be a few alphabets that will stump us...

Anyway, looking forward to the challenge.. hopefully , if and when , I survive the intense month, the Creating Every Day, will become hopefully easier. 

What I hope to achieve, with these challenges, is to get used to blogging more frequently, and to actually have some good posts to show !!!

It would help me get into the habit of posting on schedule, 
Planning, organizing and creating,  things worth blogging about.... 
And also to get somewhere with the kind of goals I had in mind, while beginning the blog...

And as added bonus, I get to visit more than a 1000 blogs, which are also in the challenge... 

Good luck , everyone... 

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Creative Everyday Challenge

I face the same challenges as millions of people around the world are facing.. the inability to prioritize their time and feeling guilty about the fact that they are not devoting enough time to their hobby or passion..

It started in January on the blog Creative . Here is the link.  

I just joined today. But the fact that I have joined this challenge , is hopefully incentive enough, to make a better effort and be more productive..

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Coloring Cold Porcelain - Country Style...

I have been fascinated by the Spanish style of painting cold porcelain in earthy tones and then giving them a matte finish...

I have yet to find a varnish that gives a true matte finish, in India. But I decided that I would not wait any more to try out the country style of painting...

It uses a lot of orange, yellows, burnt umber, and any brightness is toned down, maybe by a touch of brown give it a lovely and earthy look... I just Love that ..

So I tried it on a small key chain I made...

A very simple flower, and a Vine going around a heart-shaped mirror, a few leaves and a miniature snail, measuring just 8 mm across..!!

All done in muted colors, with a touch of  brown, to highlight the 'country' tone. I did use, the normal varnish, but I still think the country style is evident. ...

A close-up of the flower and snail....

Friday, 22 March 2013

A Big Loss....

For the past few months, there have been more than a few downs in our lives..but nothing of this magnitude...  We unexpectedly lost a dear uncle.... and it has been a big blow...

While still reeling from the shock, the family has been gathering in strength, to lend support to his wife and kids... praying that they emerge from this, stronger..and that they get through this intact to see happier days....

It is not easy to get back on track after such a huge loss... But we have decided that only by living our lives to the fullest, can we pay tribute to those, lost before time....

Easier said, than done... !!!

Monday, 11 March 2013

Beaded Sphere Earrings - Tutorial Link

Anyone who loves crafts, will be familiar with the thousands of tutorials in Books, on You tube, Blogs, Websites and now Pinterest... we truly are a very lucky lot...!! :D

I am a beginner at beading, and did not find a lot of the tutorials all that easy to follow..the first easy to decipher tute I tried was the Russian spiral stitch... and I made a necklace with it..

I was trying to find a tutorial for some small beaded pieces, maybe a bracelet or so, and some earrings ...

I am not all that great at beading..and decided that the tiny pieces would serve me as practice, and I would have some pieces that I could use for myself, at least !!

So as usual, started browsing for some tutorials for beaded earrings..ended up on You tube...

And I found this link for Beaded Ball Earrings Tutorial. Posted by Beadifulnights...who has posted a lot more tutorials .

It looked doable... so I sat and went through the video once, got the beads and other stuff together and made the earrings.

The instructions were easy to follow . I used black and green crystals and white metal findings .

Here is another look at the earrings..

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Earrings - Separates

I have been asked by quite a few of my friends and clients to make some separates... earrings, necklaces, as well as bracelets, not just the matched sets...

So I decided to start with earrings..

I made 4 in a day..and it is always difficult to me, to make two exactly the same... this time, I made all four of them very different from each other...

Check out for yourselves...:D !!

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Black Crystal Necklace - Custom design

After 3 and half long years , our parents and all three of us , siblings were getting together at our home in Kerala... so it was an occasion to celebrate...there were two weddings to attend, and Christmas and new Year too...!!

I decided to make my sis and sis in law, a necklace each , with matching earrings for one of their outfits. My sis -in law was in Doha at the time, so she sent over a picture of the Salwar kameez that she would wear to one of the weddings. It was stunning..!!

My sis on the other hand, was already in Kerala... but she was too busy to take a pic and sent it over.... so she described the Salwar kameez via phone..and we decided to wing it..

She told me, the colors were mainly black and a dull gold, with the top, predominantly the gold... and the bottom and dupatta were black.  She also told me that the skirt had a border of gold motifs, with flecks of green and red on them,.

So I decided to use the contrast, and used huge black crystals for the necklace, and then to use just three accent beads, made of Cold Porcelain.

Tip: I have noticed that each batch of my home made Cold Porcelain has a slightly different shrinkage rate, so I keep that in mind when I have to match or make the beads slightly larger, or smaller than the crystals or beads that I have ready made..

Once the beads were cured, I decorated them with some filigree style work. Since I had no photographe, I could not duplicate any of the work on the dress . SO I just did some freehand work and applied the design.

I used grey tinted clay, to make the beads. Once the raised design was also dry, I used  gold colour dust to cover the beads. then applied stones and also decorated the bead with dots of red and green with acrylic paint.

Finally applied a coat of varnish.

I made simple  drop earrings with the crystals and some antique style beads.

It was quite nice to find out that  I managed to get a near perfect match with the dull gold color...!! And here is a pic of my sis wearing the set, with her dress, though this was not taken on the day of the occasion she wore it to...We were all a bit busy and preoccupied on that day, to get good pictures...!!

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Warli art on Cold Porcelain Earrings

Every since I came across the first piece, of Warli painting, I have been hooked to it.

It looks very simple - like prehistoric paintings. But that is the beauty of Warli. With a few basic shapes like circles, triangles and squares and a few squiggles to join them, they depict the livelihood and ceremonies of people.

Going through Warli paintings, is truly hypnotic..... and  drawing them , even more so... I have done a few pieces of Warli earlier... couple of paintings, mainly on paper,  with acrylics.

I also decorated a silk stole for my sister with Warli art, a couple of years back.

This is the Squidoo Lens I made on Warli art, with a very simple tutorial, just to get a novice, started.

And of course, these days I immediately do think of incorporating any style into my Jewelry . So I  cut triangle shapes out of cold porcelain, let them cure, added some a couple of shaded of yellow in layers, with a touch of brown on them. Then sanded them off , and it left an interesting distressed look.

The I hand-painted the basic Warli figures. Added decorative touches and edges in bronze paint.

I also made the ear wires , in a slightly primitive style to add to the whole feel.