Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Another mixed media work.

Buddha – The mind is everything. You become what you think. 

The process of making this necklace was quite a long one.  Many techniques go into this, different material used to get this together.  Each bead is handcrafted including the tiny silver spacers.  The Buddha face is acrylic on water color paper.  The effect with leaves on the left is made by my technique (frost glass) on polymer clay.  The beads of the necklace are polymer clay and glass.  An opera necklace, about 17 inches, light as wind.  I managed making matching earring this time J.  Photographing necklace this big is a task.  This is the best shot I could manage. 


The artist in me gets bored very quickly.  I have taken time to know the polymer clay and its working, now slightly getting bored with it.  Love to combine all the art forms I know to make mixed media work.  My next attempt is that.  I love beads from my very young age. I used to collect them whenever possible. I am so happy now I can make beads of any color I wish.

This is a painting done using a technique called relief technique which I had to fit into a 3x2.5 inch frame, then varnish and waterproof it.  I have used glass beads and semiprecious beads to complete the necklace with the painted pendent.

I called it Anuraga, meaning love, nothing less when it is Radha and Krishna comes together in a single frame.  What was more astounding was when I looking for other words for love in Sanskrit.  They have 96 odd other words for "Love".  No other language has this many words to choose from. 

All is fine.  When it comes to photograph this big a piece of necklace which is 17 inches long and is called opera, it gives you a tough time.  You can never get the whole thing in one picture.  somehow managed to get one with a new prop.


Monday, November 27, 2017

A simple one which I managed to make with left overs from another project.  A simple pendent giving it a faux leather look finishing with African antique beads and red leather cord with matching earrings. 

Lapis lazuli

Another one re-paired from my discarded bead box.
These beads were made with a terracotta bead mold long ago. 
I was attempting to make faux lapis lazuli with silver bezel.  The beads did not turn out to my liking so was kept aside.  It was a long time ago, I still did not know about sanding and buffing and it is not done on this.  It is as it was baked.  I will be keeping this too with me.  

Beaded cord by Mom

My parents are at the "empty nest" stage.  My mom was depressed and we had a tough time with that.  We introduced her to the internet.  She was reluctant in the beginning, she has got a hang of things now :).  Her favorite is Pinterest.  She is brushing up her interests which she had kept aside for us, for our children.  She is happy with her old hobby revisited.  The result is in the above picture.  the tiny beaded cord is made by her. 

The pendent itself was a discarded one which I had made for a customer.  The beads too were in my discarded bead box or call it a we-will-look-into-it -later box.  The black and the gold ones have picked up the initial stage of the bubbles when it is just going to be charred (rescued in time) and other black beads and bead cap were made to complete the necklace for me to keep.  It is a slip on necklace with no clasp.  yes this is going to stay with me.  


I named this piece Infinity.  Looking at it, looked like the design ends at the infinite.  Came up with this design in an attempt to use up an old cane I made during the learning process of cane making with polymer clay.  This necklace is a grand one with tube beads and textured handcrafted pc beads and complete with glass beads and adjustable cord with black and white handmade tassel ( I love making tassles) 

Random Muse

Made a jumki after a very long time.  I dread the thought of making jhumka.  This time made it with a mold.  A heavily detailed texture and I am love with that.  Added a bit of mica to bring out the beauty.  the base color is a beauty by itself.  I was so elated with this work.