Sunday, 25 January 2015

Jan ABS challenge - Imagine tomorrows World

After a long time I am participating in the ABS monthly challenge - for January. Our Inspiration is a poster titled "Imagine tomorrows World" by Hundertwasser which was originally created to mark the 50th anniversary of the IUCN, The World Conservation Union in November 1998.

My Design:  As the wheels move
The poster somehow reminded me of labs and complicated machines in cartoons (Think Dexter's laboratory or the scary scene in Smurfs were Gargamel tries to extract smurf essence) that would conjure up some unique/powerful object when switched on and so I decided to go with a Lab - machine theme.

Jan ABS challenge lampwork bead necklace

I picked these cog wheel discs beads in blue, orange and red made by an independent glass artist Jyothi that I have been hoarding for nearly 2 years. I added some crystals in yellow, violet for shine (a supposedly futuristic quality). I picked a blackish brown wire for the loops as I didnt want to add too much black in the design and reduce its vibrancy and the green jade to balance all that darkness.
Handmade wire links support a off white fabric ribbon embroidered with little purple rounds as in the picture.
The Form of the necklace is very geometric (Y silhouette) with the tassle at the end to soften up the whole look and make it look as though a magical blue potion is coming through the machine as the cog wheels move.

Inspiration Poster

So what do you think of it? I found the form very experimental and a tad difficult as its a departure from my usual style.But I am glad that I got around it without trying to replicate the people/faces in the poster which is a big "NO" as far as creativity standards on unconventionality are concerned.

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

BNB international Challenge 17 - Kolam

 As the winner of the16th BNB it is now my turn to host this challenge and the inspiration that I chose is not a painting but a traditional Indian art form - The Art form of Kolam

What is a kolam?
Kolams (Pronounce Koh' Lum) are designs drawn in front of houses or inside infront of Altars to Invite people and positive energy (Gods, Goddesses) in. In olden days they made out of rice powder to feed insects and rodents as a way to in promote co-existence and harmony.
Kolam designs are based on the simple yet fundamental Elements of design. Dots are first arranged in a grid like pattern, and are connected with lines to form shapes.  Colors and textures are used to bring about a 3D look and feel. The outlines are always white; sometimes they are left plain or adorned with Kavi (red ochre paint) or filled with colors -Tertradic color schemes (4 four bright colors) are followed; Black color is generally not used

Image source: Kolam women’ arrive on dot at temple ahead of Navaratri.The Hindu,

Simple kolams would be drawn everyday in the morning (sometimes in the evenings too) and grand ones with color would be reserved for festive occasions and the month of Margazhi (dec-jan) culminating with our thanksgiving festival of Pongal or Sankranti (Jan 15th).  Contrary to what many think, not all kolams are religious in nature (Only Yantras are) nor are they restricted to Hinduism. They are mostly regional and derieve from and/or give to many cultures around the world. They have strong ties with Celtic knots
Drawing kolams would invariably be a community event with neighbours having a friendly competition and making elaborate sketches to be filled with color.  It is an art form that is diminishing in recent years as there is hardly any space in front of houses to draw them and people hardly seem to have the time or patience to do it.
As a child I grew up drawing huge kolams in my house as we had a lot of space but I havent drawn any in a while as I live in an apartment and I miss them badly. So when I got an opportunity to host his challenge I thought why not do Kolam. 

Inspiration - Kolam
Types of Kolam 
Pulli Kolam (designs based on dots, Kambi kolam (designs based on lines), Maa kolam (curve lines drawn with rice flour paste), Sikku kolam (knots created on a dotted grid but without joining the dots - very similar to celtic knots), Kavi/semman kolam (drawn in red ochre color), and fancy kolams drawn with flowers, food grains, rock salt etc. The people in the southern Indian make it differently than their northern counterparts, where its is always drawn with color and is called Rangoli and it looks like a carpet.

For this challenge I have made an inspiration collage of different south Indian (particularly Tamil) kolams so that I can provide a variety of forms, textures and colors for you. Shown in the Inspiration Picture are sikku kolam (lamps), geometric pulli kolam, freehand peacocks and the border which is a combination of nelli (squiggly lines) on red ochre paste. The image background refers to Sand


So what can you make?
- An art bead or piece of Jewelry inspired by the above theme. 
- You can either choose the color palette of white and red ochre or make it colorful. If you pick the multi color palette all 4 colors must be used, white is optional.
- Max two entries per person. 

Helpful Hints
- For the red ochre +  white palette - think pearls, shells, ceramic components with copper metal or wire; Coral with silver wire will work too
- Wire is your best friend for this challenge, so is cord - Think knots, celtic designs, bezels and borders
- Bring out your brightest beads, multi color yarn for the second palette

To Participate in the Challenge
To join in the BNB Design Challenges, be a member of the FB group Bead Peeps and add your name to the participant list in the group files doc here
Once you register Please send a picture of your work in Jpeg format with your name, blog name - url/facebook page url, title and description of the piece & color palette used to jewelsofsayuri@gmail(dot)com with subject line BNB17on or before March 1st. Voting will commence from March 1st and winners will be announced on March 7th.

This is an international challenge .Voting will be done through maximum likes. So share your work and the page. Voting will be done on this public facebook BNB challenge page 

I hope you find it interesting and I look forward to seeing your entries
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Saturday, 17 January 2015

Xian - collection of hand painted Leather jewelry

Having a design background has both pros and cons - while pros are far greater that the cons, we sometimes tend to over complicate our work, our designs and thereby our lives. I had this realisation sometime last year when I was making a session plan for my leather jewelry lass - I had included nearly 6 sessions for flat leather jewelry. Apart from doing additive and subtractive processes (more on that later) we also did painted and embroidered pieces. This fired a spark in my head, making me want to create my own flat leather collection with hand painting. It was so simple that I hadnt thought of it before but brilliant - it was Duh! moment.
So I got some VT or Vegetable tanned leather, a set of acrylic paints and created a collection based on one of the most fundamental elements of design - Lines and called it Xian

 "A Movement of dots or an object of breathless length, Lines often define and showcase our entire existence. Every product that we use is made of shapes and forms that are built with lines. Straight, curved, dashed, spiraled; horizontal, diagonally, lines shape the way we act, adapt and live.
This collection of hand painted leather bib necklaces are inspired by the Chinese word for Lines – Xian. The color combinations, line patterns and motifs are oriental lending richness to these one of a kind pieces."

Here are the first three pieces - all based on the color RED:

Tropical Red- Necklace for sale - Crescent leather bib necklace in red, black and gold Created with Vegetable Tanned leather (VT), acrylic paint, wire and glass beads. Its copper and black patterned on the back making the necklace double sided. The copper chain has been patinated with LOS for a graduating patina effect (light to dark).


Tribal - Hand painted necklace for sale
Crescent leather bib necklace in red, green, mustard and gold created with Vegetable Tanned leather (VT), acrylic paint, wire and glass beads. The Chain has been patinated with LOS for a graduating patina effect.

Papilion – youthful and vibrant necklace in red and black with gold filigree butterflies. Created with Vegetable Tanned leather (VT), acrylic paint, and glass beads. Butterflies in represent love, life and journeys in Chinese culture.


All pieces are for sale-  I accept both NEFT as well as paypal. Also available on Etsy here  The pieces have be sealed for ease of handling but keep away from heat, humidity and water for a long life.  Prices start at Rs.800. To avail individual pricing and order please send a mail to jewelsofsayuri@gmail(dot)com.Will post part 2 of this collection soon

I hope you find it interesting
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Thursday, 15 January 2015

Rainbow moonstone Giveaway

As a kid there was one gemstone I wasnt particularly fond of and to my shock I found out that it was also my "Birthstone". The stone is Moonstone and somehow the lack of color in it seemed disappointing when compared to the gorgeous reds and greens of rubies and emerald. That is, until I discovered the Rainbow moonstone - a gem so beautiful and mysterious.
As the name suggests, Moonstone has a tangible connection to the power of the moon. It is considered mysterious, mystical and has been used to convey the matters of the head and the heart from ancient times. It has also played the role of a protective talisman for many journey - the outward physical ones to metaphysical inward - self realisation

The prismatic variety of moonstone is known as Rainbow Moonstone.  They have transparent to translucent quality. Indian stones have rainbow firing while Sri Lankan stones have a blue streak in them. This blue light is caused by interference, diffraction and diffusion phenomenon of light by very less concentrations within the stone. Gemstone quality is usually referred to as A, AA, AAA with AAA being the highest quality 

Rainbow moonstones are said to have psychic protection abilities. The help calm the mind, clear stress and offer lucid dreams.Moonstones are said to be aligned with Goddess Gaea, help channelise energy and positive consciousness. 

Now you can have this beautiful stone to use in your jewelry by participating in this giveaway.

If you'd like to win one natural Rainbow moonstone cabochon, shape Oval, Dimension - 20x12 please make a comment below.  Make sure you leave contact info below if you are a no reply blogger or your email id isnt visible on your blog. Email subscribers need to click on the title or image come to the original blog post and comment on it

This giveaway is for US and Canada only. It will end on 23rd Jan 2015.

Extra entries if you are a blog subscriber or like my facebook or follow my twitter page. If you share this giveaway, that will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments.

This has been manufactured by Navneetgems

PS: As this is a comment based Giveaway, I wont be able to reply to individual comments; but will do so in the end....Thanks

This Giveaway is now Closed. Thanks for participating

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Monday, 12 January 2015

Hindol - the raga of spring

When January is here can spring be far behind? After spending a cold winter I think that you all would be eagerly looking forward to warmer weather. Talking of Spring reminds me that I am yet to post the neck pieces I based on Ragas that stand for spring and summer. So Here are the Pieces from my Ragamala collection that were inspired by the Hindol Raga Family - the Raga of Spring

Parent Raga: Hindol raga
Wives: Telangi, Devkari, Basanti, Sindhoori, Ahiri. Sons: Surmanand, Bhasker, Chandra-Bimb, Mangalan, Ban, Binoda, Basant, Kamoda.

Hindol is an exceptional Late night raga, with four notes in the arohana, and five in the avarohana; Carnatic equivalent -Sunada Vinodini; here are two necklaces based on the Raga, where I have used the same image - one zoomed out, the other zoomed in, in the same color combination but captured 2 very different moods and feelings.In the painting, Hindol is portrayed as a King (Raja) along with his queen ( Ragini Telangini)

Hindol Raga cord necklace - Image of raga hindol and Ragini Telangi on a swing set in resin in an antique brass pendant, wire wrapped to a kemp rakodi which suspends from a green handmade silk cord.

Hindol Raga glass necklace - Glass pendant of raga hindol and Ragini Telangi on a swing asymmetrically wire wrapped to a strand of red and green wooden, acrylic and glass beads.Donote the creative wire wrapping I have tried to keep the rectangular glass tile in place. I initially wanted to add an dangler in the bottom loop but later decided against it as it looked too complicated.

The following three have mini painting reproductions of the Raginis of the Hindol family

sindhoori - A mixed metal necklace - painting of Ragini and her maidens on a terrace in a 32g copper handcut sheet with rhinestone border and bead danglers and is wire wrapped to a handmade orange silk cord.

Basanthi Necklace - Basanthi Ragini is the wife of Hindol Raga and this raga is sung during the basant ritu (spring) Carnatic equivalent -vasantha. This is a double half and half necklace in blue, amber and chrome yellow -  one half is beads and the other is chain, apart from having 2 different colored beads on either side - thereby double half and half pattern

Ahiri Necklace - Ahiri Ragini is the wife of Hindol Raga and this raga is sung during mid mornings with the mod being sombre. The necklace is made up of blue, red and silver beads in glass, acrylic and wire along with a couple of handmade lampwork beads

So how did you like these pieces? I know that the colors used dont really say "Spring" in the western context, but if you consider the Indian celebrations in Jan, Feb and March like Sankranti, Holi and even valentines day, then the colors sort of make sense. I think of Spring as a "Happy time'  and personally I feel that rich colors signify happiness more than pastels. what do you think?

All necklaces shown above are sold; Find previous posts on the other Raga Families here:
What is Ragamala?
Bhairav Raga - Raga of Autumn
Megh Raga -Raga of monsoon season
Malkaus Raga - Raga of Winter

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Monday, 5 January 2015

16th BNB challenge- Empyrean necklace

The 16th Blogger/Non-Blogger Challenge is being Hosted By Gloria Allen of Gloria Allen Designs  This time around our inspiration was -"7 Heaven Landscape" an Illustration Artist Ivan Laliashviliis. Its a surreal landscape that gives out an ethereal feeling as it was designed to be a backdrop for a fantasy game

When I looked at the image I was immediately drawn to the purple fog, the twinkling mushrooms and the floating pods but somehow couldnt connect then in any manner to make jewelry. So I decided to observe the illustration a little closer and made a note of all the textures used in it. During this time I was also experimenting with a new type of Paper technique which would give rise to uneven textures. So I decided to club both and create my design - Empyrean

textured paper bib necklace

Empyrean means the highest or the first part of heaven which seemed like the apt word to describe our inspiration picture. I chose the form of a fish, as fish or matsya is considered to be the starting point of evolution and the first avatar of Lord Vishnu (as per Hinduism). The shape I chose belongs to a mythical fish that floats through different realms and travel from heaven to earth and back to heaven.

I finally created a textured paper bib necklace where I have tried to bring out the juxtaposition of smooth cloud like textures, tree rings and color strokes along with micro bulb forms. There are crests and valleys in the piece as in the painting. The gold wire spirals on the fish are to denote the tree rings. I used pearl colors like purple, magenta, rust and gold on a black background. I tried to incorporate green but it stood out too much so I repainted it.

textured paper bib necklace

I have wire wrapped garnets colored beads in the chain to make it more ornamental and also look like the bulb flowers/mushrooms at the bottom of the illustration. I tried to go with hot pink beads like in the picture but it didnt look nice in reality so I changed the color and went with the garnet. The back has been decoupaged with a plaid paper and both front and the back have been sealed as the whole structure is made of cardboard.

So that was my entry for the challenge and it was a big experiment, adding and subtracting things and learning new techniques in the process. I am making a host of such necklaces to be available for sale soon. Hopefully I'll get positive reviews

Please visit  the BNB Facebook Challenge page to view all entries and Vote for the best design by liking the image

I hope you find it interesting

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Friday, 2 January 2015

DIY Roze en Paars earrings

2015 is here and hopefully its off to a good start for all of you. Keeping up with the Sayuri Tradition of Welcoming the New Year with a tutorial, Here is a tutorial for a simple yet sweet pair of earrings that you can make in 30 mins (which includes 25 minutes of drying time) to shake away all your post holiday stress.
I call it Roze en Paars or Pink and purple earrings as those are the colors that I have used to match with some tops that I bought, but you could make them in any color combination to suit your mood.

 DIY Roze en Paars earrings - DIY Pink and purple earrings

DIY yarn and bead earrings

2 one inch tube beads/spacers
Fancy yarn in  hot pink (or color of your choice)
Fabric glue or rubber adhesive
2 big holed faceted rondrells
2 silver crystals
2 seed beads/small beads (silver/copper)
2 eyepins, a pair of ear hooks
copper 3D liner
Round nose pliers/step pliers

DIY yarn and bead earrings 


1. Apply glue on your tube spacer and wrap the yarn on it until fully covered. Let it dry
2. Add a small bead to an eyepin (I used a wooden copper bead to go with the copper liner that I have used; you can use any bead/any material as it will be hidden)
3. Add a drop of glue on the bead and slide on it a big hole rondrell and pull the eyepin up. The small bead and the loop of the eyepin should be hidden inside the big bead
4. Add the tube spacer, it should fit the big bead so that it looks sort of continuous, followed by a silver crystal. Make a loop and add a ear hook. 
5. Repeat 1-4 for the second earring
6. Using your 3D liner add dots to the yarn wrapped bead. Wait for 20 mins until the paint is fully dry. Wear and Enjoy!!
DIY yarn and bead earrings

Try creating variations with different types of cord or yarn - Hemp or twine or wool will give you a rustic feeling while satin cords such as the one I have used, look funky. You could use Whooly Wire too. I realise that not everyone is comfortable with mix media jewelry or even mixing metals so I hope that this project will help you to come out of that zone and familiarize you to use yarn by incorporating it in small doses.

PS: Pink and Purple combination is high on trend for SS15; so dont miss out on it 

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