Make Silk Thread Jewelry

Since this is an all time favourite post, I am updating it with new pictures and tutorial links in September 2016.
 Silk thread jewelry is the popular name that is given to jewelry made using silkish viscose rayon embroidery thread. Though silk is a much favoured material in India, Silk jewelry trend has not been very strong but it has been in short bursts as recurring trend cycles. I remember wearing Peruvian earrings in the mid nineties, made by tribals of Kodaikanal. How the craft reached there is a fascinating study by itself to which I must hope to devote some time.


Last week I got a call from somebody who wanted to learn Silk jewelry from me. Considering that this is the only form of Jewelry making I had actually learnt, I was fine with it. As before taking any class, I did some research and sample projects to come up with new ideas as its been a while since I made silk thread jewelry for sale. Deviating from using the statutory frame (block and nail  technique), I used stick on wall hooks and I should say that result was just the same (now it is more cost effective and I can change the length of the cord any time without making a new frame :) )
so here are some products I made. 

After making some simple wrapped bangles in nice bright colours we made a neck cord with danglers (mummy wrap) and some anklets in multiple colours in class.

The Peruvian Earrings were the most difficult to make, though I should say that the tutorial - String art pendant by Camille Sheron I found on the Beading Gem blog was very very helpful. It was difficult as I don't have a wire coiler so I coiled it with my awl. I got good coils but owing to the thickness of the awl I had to use really thick threads while making the earring. So instead of looking delicately intricate it looks very bold and Tribal now....(I wished I hadn't thrown away similar earrings I had bought 12 years back when they were quite a rage..could have reused the frames)
I tried a cross wrap techniques (the easiest while counting coils) - let me see if I have the patience to do the peacock eye design in the future. 

Some tips for making peruvian earrings - Apart from making both earrings simultaneously (at every stage- which I did), use a coiler so that you can use fine thread, while knotting the thread on top use a knot that is used to string flowers and secure with fabric glue - they will never unravel. Finally instead of using embroidery floss(strands) its easier to use running thread from a thread roll as as it doesnt knot or tangle

If you find counting too time consuming, Jhumkas can be easily done provided you have the right base for itor you can simply wrap thread on a styrofoam base to create fun lightweight earrings

I hope you find it interesting


  1. Thanks for the link!! You could try a fine knitting needle to coil on. I have to agree about embroidery floss!!

  2. I dont have a knitting needle..that awl was the only thing i had

  3. divya.all ur collections r too gud.would like to try making the necklace there any tutorial of urs which can help me with that.

  4. divya pls share ur contact number


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