Instant swarovski Jewelry

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 If you are heading out to a jazzy spring reception or to cocktails, here is a jewelry idea that you can make and wear in a jiffy. All you need are some Swarovski crystals, settings, glue and some basic beading skills. Find full project here
My Tips:  
1.Use stronger beading wire and wire protectors when using glass crystals as these tend to be heavy and more abrasive on the wire. Alternatively you can use chain fully instead of crystals rondrells for a very cool and funky look that can be worn with multiple clothes. 
2. Select clear crystals with silver/ gold tone chains and ones with Aurora borealis finish for gunmetal chains. 
3. Though these are instant jewelry components - wait atleast a day for the glue to bond really well for added strength and durability
Have fun mix matching and making these :)


*Project originally found on Fire mountain gems

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Kahlo Necklace

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There are  few people in the art world who wouldnt have heard about Friedo Kahlo. Born as Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderó, she was known for her ratehr individualistic art that oozed passion. Her reality that was surreal to other people was the main focus of her art, which she used as a medium to express her pain. At the April Monthly Challenge of Art Bead Scene, The chosen inspiration is a self portrait by Frieda Kahlo and here is my design based on the portrait.
This post will be slightly different from the vernacular posts that you usually see on my blog as I wanted to do a standard design school break up of the inspiration into mood, theme, concept, color and client in points, somewhat like a story-boarding or concept list that is used to write concept notes.. Call it an occupational hazard of urging students to do the same week after week :D


Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird
 

  Analysis of the Painting: 
As someone who has been in lot of physical pain in my life, I could relate to the painting and probably Frieda's mood while creating it. I tend to craft, paint or design a lot when I am unwell as it helps me takes my mind of pain. The process of creating beauty while ignoring the constant torture that is going on in your mind and/or body is an unique feeling and in my opinion, this is what the portrait conveys.

 Design school grads are generally taught to overlook color as the main interpretation from any inspiration. But in this particular picture, I couldnt see much beyond color at the start. The yellows and the green jumped out at me, followed by black from the fur of the animals.  I dint even notice the dragonflies until I read a description of it on Karin's Blog.

My Takeaways: 
Mood - A juxtaposition of agony and joy of creating beauty
Colors - Yellow, green and black - Its an Analogous color scheme with a sharp black contrast.
Forms - Leaves, Bondage, glowing eyes
Details - Sharp pointy ends, vein detailing
Imagery - Bold, strong and composed
Materials - Metal sheet, chain, beads and suede cord
Client - A free spirited, optimistic and strong woman who looks for sunshine in the darkest of alleys


My interpretation: Kahlo Necklace


I made a necklace of dark brass chains (almost black in color) along with Lava bead and glass beads with a pyrite finish. Instead of an 'art bead' I choose to make my own  art component using brass metal sheet and resin. I once again tried the marbling technique that I have used in these resin earrings but after pouring patina inks on to the metal I swirled (marbled) them out so that they look like veins. Also the thorns looked (felt) like chains to me - maybe symbolic of the bondage pain is and how it severely restricts ones quality of life, so I used these in my work. The necklace is finished with a knotted sued cord and can be worn short or long.
Find all the other entries at the the monthly challenge board.

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A quick blurb about blurb

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 **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.

 A colleague of mine who teaches Graphic design and I were having a conversation, about how students must be encouraged to create professional looking work even for their class assignments. Whether it is making a professional printed book to showcase their publication design knowledge, newsletter or Magazines or printed vinyl banners to show off their graphic design work, having refined, tastefully presented work can go a long way in helping students in their respective careers. 
But it doesnt have to stop at the student level. Having a refined well made catalog can help bring in more customers - this is a simple yet effective requirement of those selling their jewelry wholesale. Food bloggers or craft blogger, can compile their unique recipes or DIYs into a simple book , showcasing it in lieu of a portfolio while pitching book deals to publishers.


mini metal book

 This is how and why Eileen Gittins, Blurbs' Founder, started Blurb. In the early 2000s, Eileen was trying to figure out her next career gig. As a photographer, she wanted to compile her photos into a nice coffee table photo book, but she only wanted to print a handful of copies to use as a portfolio or samples. Every publisher quoted her enormous amounts for each book! She found this curious – and frustrating. So she asked herself, are there other people like me who want to affordably create their own high-quality book from their photos? The answer, of course, was born in 2006,  when Eileen launched Blurb, a simple book-designing platform that is user friendly and a publishing process that could quickly produce beautifully made books at great prices.



 Blurb doesn’t just help people make books and magazines, they also help market them by providing publishers with their own dedicated sales page. Blurb also created their publishing platform to work seamlessly with Amazon and Apple iBooks Store so authors would have even more options for how they sell their books. Blurb’s dedicated sales pages allows authors to:
- Make their book or magazine available to the public or by invitation-only
- Write book descriptions
- Customize a preview of their book
- Share their book with others on social media
common Book sizes and layouts
common Book sizes and layouts
To celebrate motherhood and all our loving mothers, Blurb has a "Wonder woman" campaign running. Dont you think that a collection of your mom's favourite pictures is going to be a great gift for her? Use the code "WONDERWOMEN30" at the checkout and Save 30% of all books by ordering by April 30.
 

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Structured paper earrings - We're All Ears Challenge

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I am happy that for Once I am early with my We're All Ears Challenge post, without scrambling for designs at the last moment after the reveal post has gone up on the main blog. :) Before I pat myself on the back for being on time, I must confess that this happened as I had already made structured paper earrings for my Paprika Collection (unveil very soon) and felt that 2 of the three earrings I made were a perfect fit to be showcased here. Read along, and I will tell you why.

We're All Ears :: April Inspiration - The City of Arts and Sciences

My take on the inspiration: Two things caught my eye about the inspiration pictures; one the lighting - how the building is lit up and how it looks against the blue sky. Secondly the shape of the buildings - they are geometric, either angular or hemispherical in form, conveying a very edgy, futuristic almost alien like feeling. I felt that though the buildings were structured (huge and strong) they felt light and weightless as if the mutliple layers used to create them were made of paper. Hence Paper earrings !!

resin paper earrings
Spiky disc earrings: Compressed paper disc earrings created with paper, foil , ice resin and iced enamels relique. The silver spikes lend it a very edgy look making it perfect for a club night out and these earrings are super light to wear

resin paper earrings

Compressed paper earrings created with paper, foil, inks, ice resin and iced enamels relique. The shape is art deco inspired - angular, pointy and unusual.
 Both earrings are made of multiple layers so you get a feeling that something is floating in between the base and front layer bringing in a sense of movement and fluidity, though the structure is very solid

Our Inspiration
The City of Arts and Sciences is an impressive complex located in Valencia, Spain. Created as a way to honor the melding of science, technology, nature and art, the buildings were conceived and designed by renowned Spanish architects Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela. Read more about the inspiration here

"Hemispheric - Valencia, Spain - Jan 2007" by Diliff - Own work.


"Museo Príncipe Felipe, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Valencia, España, 2014-06-29, DD 56" by Diego Delso
So how do you like these earrings?  Check out all the other designs from this challenge.
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Bird's nests and Mothers Day Jewelry

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Every year around April and May one gets to see a variety of bird's nest patterns being used in jewelry and gifts - particularly on the gifts meant for Mother's day.  Wire birds nest are very popular as they are easy to make and are versatile to use, but too much of the same component can get very boring. So I have put together collages of different types of birds nest, that I have created in the past four years. I hope that you'll enjoy looking at them.

Bird's nest jewelry for mother's day
Featured here:
1. Brocade and fibre birds nest brooch
2. Turban Gem Necklace (DIY)
3 & 4. Festive leather earrings


Bird's nest jewelry for spring

Featured here:
5.Twisted wire earrings
6. birds and birds nest necklace
7.birds nest wire necklace
8. Mixed media robin necklace
  
Bird's nest jewelry for mother's day
Featured here:
9. Leather birds nest ring
10 & 11. Moulded leather necklaces
12. beaded birds nest bracelet

And finally a project that I did for Favecrafts - Best blogger craft last year - a birdhouse !
Little Birdy House Project

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DIY ornate quilled earrings

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Lavanya joined us last week to share with us, detailed step by step instructions on how to make Quilled Jhumkha earrings. Do check it out here if you have missed it before. She is joining us again today with another tutorial to make these Ornate Quilled earrings. Like the one before, this design was also created by her for the winner of the 3000 Likes contest on her EEECrafts Facebook page



DIY ornate quilled earrings

Materials
         Quilling slotted tool
         5mm strips
         Quilling board
         Jewelry pliers  and wire Cutter
         Modge Podge Gloss
         Fevicol (white glue)
         Jewelry Findings : Jump rings, Head pins ,eye pins, beads, gold ball chains, Stud bases


Method 
 1. First analyze the design and find out the different shapes present .This particular design is composed of round coils, tear drop shapes, Mango shapes and unclosed triangle. Separately  do all the shapes and then assemble them at the end.
2. Procedure to make unclosed triangle: Join 3 strips of each color red, orange n pink and make an circle by following below steps. Press the circle at one end and shape at other two edges to form triangle. Prepare diluted fevicol by mixing fevicol and water in 3:1 ratio. Apply it on the triangle using paint brush and let it dry.
3. Cut one side of the triangle at edges using craft knife. To cover the cut portion join ¼ strip little bit inside of one edge and end up joining inside.
4.Join  1 1/2 yellow strips and place it on 3rd circle of board and let it expand. Remove it from board, glue it and twist at one end to form mango shape. Join ½ strip of green and 1 strip of dark green to form tear drop shape. Do 7 tear drop shapes using 1/8 part of cream color strips.


 

5. Assemble unclosed triangle, 2 mango shapes ,tear drop shapes and glue them as per bottom part of
the design .Make 6 round coils using ¼ cream color strips and glue them below the green combo
tear drop.

6.Do an round coil by joining ½ yellow,1/2 orange and 1 red color strips. Do 4 normal round coils using ¼ strip of cream color. Do one green color tear drop using ¼ strip and assemble everything to formthe stud part as shown in the pic.

7.Apply Varnish/Modge Podge Gloss.Once the piece dries up decorate the stud and bottom part with gold ball chains, add beads and join stud to dangler portion with jump rings. Glue on a stud base


Divya's Note: Fabric glue (multi purpose) dries clears while fevicol might leave a thin film and is more suited for gluing paper to paper. They can be used interchangeably or use Mod podge in lieu of these. Sealing quilled jewelry with multiple coats is good practice as it strengthens the piece and makes it more durable.

About the Artist: Lavanya Nallamalli is a Computer science graduate who worked as software engineer for 5 years before taking a baby break. During pregnancy when she used to work from home she came across crochet tutorials of baby accessories on the internet and started making crochet gifts. When her little one grew up, she started a home business of crochet baby gift accessories which got extended into crochet jewelry and Quilling jewelry. Find her on Facebook - Crochet4 charity and EEE crafts


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DIY quilled Jumkha earrings - A guest tutorial

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When  Lavanya Nallamalli's facebook page crossed 3000 likes in november last year, she decided to do a very interesting giveaway. She invited readers to send in designs for quilled earrings and announced that the winners would get their designs handmade into products by her. Lavanya is here with us for the next few days, over which she'll share with us how she created these pieces with 2 step by step DIY tutorials. Over to Lavanya for the first tutorial

DIY quilled Jumkha earrings

Materials
         Quilling slotted tool
         5mm strips
         Quilling board
         Jewelry pliers  and wire Cutter
         Modge Podge Gloss
         Fevicol (white glue)
         Jewelry Findings : Jump rings, Head pins ,eye pins, Half beads, gold ball chains, Rhinestone chain, Bead caps, Stud bases


Method
 1.  Analyse the design and  make 14 coils as shown in the visual.

 

 

2. Join ½ strip of yellow, green and ¼ strip of dark green to form a round coil. Place it on the third circle of the board and let it expand .Remove it from the board and press at two edges and twist it as shown in pic at both ends to form a leaf shape.



3. Glue the curved coils, round coils and leaf shapes as per the design step by step as shown below
 

4. Apply Modge Podge Gloss before attaching the Jewelry accessories otherwise color of the Jewelry materials might change if they come into contact with varnish. First apply it on front portion and let it dry. Once it dries up apply it on back side. To make sure those earrings does not stick to each other dry them for a few hours.
5. Once the piece is dried up, using Jewelry pliers attach bead cap and bead spacer with the help of head pin. Decorate the Jhumka base with gold ball chains and rhinestone chain  


6. Join 5 yellow strips to form a round tight coil. Place it on the appropriate size of the  Jhumka mould and press it gently to form a dome shape. Apply  fevicol inside the dome and let it dry.
7.Using Jump ring connect the upper part of the earring with the Jhumka base with the help of pliers
 



Divya's Note: Fabric glue dries clears while fevicol might leave a thin film. They can be used interchangeably or use Mod podge in lieu of these

About the Artist: Lavanya Nallamalli is a Computer science graduate who worked as software engineer for 5 years before taking a baby break. During pregnancy when she used to work from home she came across crochet tutorials of baby accessories on the internet and started making crochet gifts. When her little one grew up, she started a home business of crochet baby gift accessories which got extended into crochet jewelry and Quilling jewelry. Find her on Facebook - Crochet4 charity and EEE crafts


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