Saturday, August 26, 2017


A new hobby-sculpting.  Attended a 10-day workshop and created a 2 ft tall figurine.  But as always I want to try with a different media and different purpose.  Yes, polymer clay and sculpting.  My jewelry design does not have much of sculpting.  The paper clay which I used for the figurine is also good to make jewelry but it is way too heavy.

This gives me ideas to create something for my son.  I have made a couple of thing for him before.  He was not very happy with that though but is kind enough to keep it in his collection.
This is the first try after the sculpting class - at the miniature.  The one at the back was a practice one and looked like an rouge elephant who was on a diet.  I wanted to squish it to a lump of clay but kept it because I had put effort.  I went ahead and baked it.  The one in the front with a cute ornament on his head and a bindi like bead is a domestic one.  They both had their own flaws and had a lot of criticism( my father is my critic) .  So it is him whom I rely on for sincere opinion on my creation, be it painting, jewelry, or now sculpting too.  So I had not posted these on the facebook page. Both now baked and added to my son's collection.  

After the above disappointment, came the idea of the latch.  This was loved by everyone including my very difficult to please teenager.  He is loving it and using it.  Showing off to his friends.  
Now he is my design consultant.  He comes up with very surprising ideas :) .  All the above creations are 1.25x1.25 inch squares.

Thursday, August 24, 2017


A cute green stud earring which was made on request for a pretty girl for office use along with other ornaments. I was happy with the look of this green stud and had to name it jade.

The others which went with this to the customer was a pink paper jhumka with polymer clay studs. It has fine peacock feather hand painted on it.

And another one - a simple maroon stud with a gold pc bead.

And another bunch of goodies which were waiting to be owned left me all of a sudden to adorn 3 college-going siblings :)

Divine Blue

Of course how can I forget my paper love.  I recently bought a circle cutter adding to the hoard.  It is super easy to cut circle of any size and I love it.  This cute blue thing was made as an inauguration of the tool :).  Stacks of water color paper, metallic colored acrylic paint, varnished to waterproof.
I am so in love with this.  I thinks it looks like enamel strung on organza double colored cord. 

Frost Glass/Mint cake

I was just doodling on translucent clay with my new bottle of white 3D acrylic liner.  I use that for another technique and just was trying on this.  The white on white looked so beautiful, I baked it.  The 3D liner I know will not stick on to polymer clay so I had to protect it with an other layer of something.  I used super super thin translucent clay and baked again.  I was upset the design smudged and there went the pendent to the trash box (yes I have a load of them collected over the time of about 3 years).  As usual my OCD would not let me waste even baked clay.  I played with it a bit and finished it as a regular necklace.  I should admit I got an overwhelming response for this.  My friend Shilpa Shajan says it resembles frost glass, and my other friend from the group Hooked on to Polymerclay, Alan Cordiner said it looks like Kendal mint cake, a confectionery from English Lake District usually carried by the mountaineers as an energy booster.
Now it is elegantly pearched on a plaited leather cord with decorated PC beads and looking happy.

Green and Black

This one is made on request for my dear friend who is very fond of heavy jewelry and it is my pleasure to create one for her.  I have the liberty of the design.

She had expressed interest in woven cord of the black and metallic one, so I made it in that fashion.  The pendent being a heavily textured one with textured jhumka with a textured stud.  I love making the tassel for the cord too.  Got to zoom in to see that.  


A Bohemian style necklace with my other set of favorite colors, coral and blues.  I spend a considerable amount of time to decide design of the string the pendant will be hanging on. As I told you, it is beginning to be another passionate art for me.  I had recently purchased whole lot of cords and chains from my craft store.  I am in love with the burlap cord which came is almost all shades.  I have used it for this Boho.
The whole length of aqua and royal blue cord is sewn with wooden and glass beads of red and aqua blue color.  The pendent has a antique metal look.  This was sold off almost instantly.  


Kind words of appreciations and feedback from my friends and customers which are very important for me to boost my creativity :).  I have made a collage of some of them which came by through social medias.

Thank you my friends for encouraging me.  Of course, my family for putting up with me.  

Earth Tone

Black and metallic colors are my most favorites.  This one is born out of that particular favoritism.  It just happened while doodling with clay :).  And... I was in for a pleasant surprise.
The Makins Clay had shared my post from my FB page.  I was so thrilled about that.  I had posted this without the earring which was still at the WIP lounge :).  The proper photos follows.
I love to bead the necklace.  It is another art I found that I am very passionate about once I started making jewelry, but no patience to do with the seed bead kind. The bead weaving is my own design.  The string is woven with black and metallic colored polymer clay beads and have used seed beads as fillers and a dori is attached for adjusting the length
The earring who missed the lime light.

Gold Filigree

A grand filigree necklace.  It had taken a massive amount of time and effort of mine to get this in this shape.  I started this off with a Ganesha as a focal bead.  Sometimes gods does not like the idea of being the center of attraction :).  Each time I bake the elaborate pendent, it crumbled on me.  I gave up the idea.  It was supposed to be in collar necklace.  Here is the photo before the tragedy.

I am left with only the center piece which can crumble on light pressure :( .  This did not end up in my trash box but sits on the window sill opposite my work table :).  The rest I had carefully cut to rectangle and stored. Once in a while I clear the box and salvage a few creation and the below is photo of the necklace in brand new avatar.  Ta  da....

Unique blossom

A large pendant made of a trial cane which I made in large quantity during my teething period of claying.  Some of my work end up in my trash box for some or the other blunders I have committed. This is one of the piece which was lying there because I did not like the color combi.  I have this OCD of completing a work before starting with the next batch. I forced myself to complete this to a proper necklace. Here it is a long neck piece with simple PC beads and glass beads.  


Filigree is an embroidery like technique on polymer clay.  It is one of my favorite technique. Needs lots of patience.  I enjoy it like my paintings.  No plans needed, just go as and how it unfolds, but take care of the color palette.  A very de-stressing process.

Few of my work on this technique. If I remember, I have done more, sometimes get so carried away,  I forget to take photos.  Most of them is gone as gifts to the little ones who come home.  I still have my tiny canvas with me.  


Yet another kalamkari made on request.  Polymer clay base and paper, glass beads to enhance the look with an adjustable dori.  Initially, request was without the earring, but I had made an earring later.  I am unable to trace the photo. Will update once photo is found 😃

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Elegant Colors of Kerala

The white and gold of Settu Mundu/mundu neriyathu or kasavu saree is so soothing to go with the lush green background of the beautiful land of Kerala.

I had quite a few requests to make matching ornaments for the gold/white kasavu saree.  Here are few pictures. since I am updating the blog after a long break, I do not remember any interesting events to add along with this write up as it is a journal of my interests and ideas.

This one has mica shift technique on striped cane and also texture on the pendent, it is elegantly strung on white Czech beads.  I love them as the consistency of the size is too beautiful.  
This one was made for a friend who loves teeny weeny elegant jewelry.  I was struggling to keep it simple and small. The earring has a sandstone added to it.
This one too was a simple one for someone who loves it simple.
Swirl earring made to match the saree.

These two sort of a repeat made as request.

This simple request was to make exclusive and look really different.  I guess I met it.

Silk Screen on PC

I accidentally deleted this post from last December.  These are some of my silk screen printing experiments on polymer clay which my friends loved and I did replicas for all three twice 😄.  The screen prints are available in shops during Diwali. I try anything found locally and then go in for the finer versions☻.