Thursday, October 23, 2014

TERRACOTTA JHUMKAS

Hi all, today am sharing the pics of terracotta jhumkas made by me.

BLACK AND GOLD JHUMKA:


BLUE AND PINK JHUMKA:



This earring I made for diwali matching my dress.

Friday, October 17, 2014

KALASH CLAY MURAL BY RECYCLING CARDBOARD

Hello friends, hope you all are busy with your diwali preparations!! Today am sharing with you all my first attempt, in making a clay mural. I got introduced to this clay mural through the fb page fevicryl hobby ideas. I wanted to try it out  and it was pending in my wish list for a long time. Since the Diwali is approaching I decided to make a clay art of Kalash and here it is.



I used white air dry clay for my project.


Here goes the procedure:

Draw kalash in a cardboard  and cut it out. ( I used cardboard from an old packaging box). Cover the cardboard with a primer like gesso. ( I used white acrylic paint).

Draw the design of your choice . Here I have drawn a swasthik design. Roll the clay and paste it onto the design.

To make the leaves:
Take a small cmount of clay and roll it into a tear drop shape. Press it gently to get the shape of the leaf. Draw veins on the leaf using knife.

To make the coconut:
Take more clay and make a bigger tear drop shape. Press it to get the shape of a coconut. Cut a small sector down and draw lines using a knife.

To make the flower:

Cover the sides with golden ribbon and paint the kalash using the colours of your choice.



Apply 2 coats of varnish or glue and gloss to get the shine.


Hope you all liked my clay mural work.... Have a crafty weekend .... 

Submitting to
Imaginations Challenge - " festivals






Monday, October 6, 2014

VINTAGE CARD USING ONE STAMP SET

Hello friends , today am going to share a card which I made for CSCC-#8  - " One card , one stampset ". Click here to participate in the challenge.

This is my card:
Actually I dont have any clear stamp set with me and I have'nt tried stamping with clear stamp so far. This is the biggest  advantage of being a DT. I had to come out of my comfort zone and try something new and exciting.I bought a tim holtz clear stamp set. Since the stamps are best suitable for vintage themed cards I  created the same. 


My stamp set had more stamps than that can be accommodated in a card so I created a small tag too. 
I started off by taking a white card stock and applied homemade texture paste over alphabet stencil. Then applied watercolours to get the brown colour. Distressed the edges black ink. I stamped each one on a separate cardstock and glued them to my card. The blooms are handmade.  

I had so much fun creating this card and am very happy with the way the card turned out. So you too have fun by playing with us along CSCC #8.
 

Friday, October 3, 2014

HANDMADE CHETTIAR DOLLS FOR NAVARATHRI

Hello friends, Today am posting the handmade chettiar dolls made by me for navarathri kolu. I made these dolls using air dry terracotta clay. 


I love navarathri kolu , but here in US we dont get much dolls and the dolls we get are too expensive. So decided to try my hands on sculpting a doll which is totally new for me. 


 I love chettiar dolls and I thought they would be easy to make compared to other dolls. But when I started, I realized that they are not that easy as I had thought.  I was very nervous as this is my first sculpting work. But finally was very happy with the way the dolls turned out.


I have used acrylics for colouring and varnish for the glossy effect.


 Hope you all will like it too...







Tuesday, September 30, 2014

LETS CREATE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL TODAY

Hello friends, I always wanted to have a card above my crafty desk showing a quote that inspires me to create more. So decided to make one as I have got a new craft desk made from cardboard ( will make a separate post of it later). I always wanted to make a round shaped card and here it is.

When I was watching a tutorial of mixed media layouts in youtube , I came across this quote " Lets create something beautiful today". I liked it very much so used that as the sentiment.

I started off by cutting white and black cardstock into circular shapes. Pasted a chipboard at the center and coloured it with white acrylics.  Distressed the edges with orange colour and embellished with orange and white handmade daisies and butterflies. Decorated the card with white pearls.


Hope you all liked my card... So friends lets create something beautiful today and make the day beautiful with our creation. 

Submitting to
 
Lulupu challenge - black, white and a pop colour - I have used black , white and orange as my pop colour

Keep it simple challenge  - no stamps - I have used chipboard , punched flowers , die cuts and a printed sentiment

4 crafty chicks - " A trio of pairs" - 2 cardstock ( white and black) , 2 types of daisies ( orange and white) , 2 butterflies

Alphabet challenge blog - " quadrapule -  4 white daisies , 4 white leaves and 4 pearls




Wednesday, September 24, 2014

RED AND GREEN TERRACOTTA NECKLACE SET

Hello friends, recently I bought a clay bead roller for making terracotta beads. It makes beads in three different shapes - round, oval and bicones. In this post am sharing an oval bead terracotta necklace set made for my sister.






To more more about terracota jewellery making visit the following links:

Terracota jewellery making tips and techniques
Terracota jewellery making tutorial
Simple terracota jewellery set making



Friday, August 29, 2014

HANDMADE CLAY GANESHA IDOLS

Hello friends, wish you all a happy ganesh chathurthi. Today am posting two ganapathy idols made by me out of clay. 

This is the picture after the puja.





I made this ganesha using terracota clay. I made the background arch using cardboard covered with golden glitter ribbon and embellished it using stones. For the umbrella I used floral wires, stick and golden papers.


This ganesha I made using the paper clay. For the base I have used the canvas board. I painted the Lord using acrylics and to get the shine coated varnish.

THE MAKING PICTURES:



Hope you all like my Clay Ganesha.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

DIY TERRACOTTA JEWELLERY MAKING - MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES

Hello friends, Today am posting a terracotta jewellery set which I designed for my new kurta. I wanted to keep it very simple so just added a pendant and four beads.


In this post I will be sharing with you some of the tips and techniques for making terracota jewellery.


CHOOSING THE MATERIALS:

CLAY:
I use air dry terracota clay for my jewellery projects. Actually I dont know which is better; air dry clay or oven baked clay as I haven't used the oven baked clay before. But I feel air dry clay is easier as you dont need a kiln.


THREAD:
 In this project I have used 0.8mm black wax cotton thread.  They are available in different colours too.

TOOLS:
Simple materials present in and around the house are enough to create beautiful jewellery.  I use pen knife for making designs and cutting the clay to the shape of a template. For rolling the clay I use a ball point pen with round base. I use microtip pencils for making intricate details in the pendant and earring. For getting the circular shape, I use rounded open portion of a circular lid.

JEWELLERY FINDINGS:
You will need the following supplies for making a chain and earrings:
Fish hooks ( earrings)
Eye pins ( earrings and pendant)
Chord endings ( chain)
lobster clasp (chain)
jump rings (earrings and chain)
Cutter and plier

Lobster Clasp


Chord endings
 PAINTS:
Pearl and metallic paints are used for painting terracota jewellery. Since I dont have pearl paints I use acrylics and oil colours. To get the shine I apply two coats of varnish.


TECHNIQUES:
1) Store the clay in an air tight container. Take only a small amount of clay at a time as the clay gets dried soon. 

2) Knead the clay using water as this will avoid cracks.

3) After rolling the beads, put hole using a toothpick and immediately slide the beads through the thread and then keep it for drying. 

4) Cut the design of the pendant you want to make in a cardboard sheet and then using that as template cut in the clay. So that the pendant shape looks good and the template can be used for future use.

Template I used for this jewellery
5) For attaching the small beads in the pendant apply gum in the pieces of floral wire and then attach in the pendant. When it dries the beads wont come out of the pendant.

6) When designing for a dress , design the length of the chain according to the neck design. 

7) While choosing the thread make sure that the thread is not too thin as it should be able to withstand the weight of the jewellery. Also don't choose it too thick as beads wont go inside the thread and the knot will be visible with a thick thread.

  
HOW TO FINISH THE CHAIN?

 After adding the beads put a knot at the ends of the beads. 


Then fold the ends of the thread and place it inside a chord ending. Apply glue to the chord ending. Close the chord ending using a plier.





Attach jump rings and lobster clasp.


This is my kurta for which I have designed this set. I chose the colours purple, blue and yellow from the dress.  I have used the same pattern found on the dress for the pendant and earrings.

Hope this tutorial is helpful to you all.

See my other terracotta jewellery tutorial
DIY terracotta jewellery
Simple terracotta jewellery