Call yourself a nomad or an explorer… you would agree that transition is fun but often not that easy. My blog(..or blogs including this new one! :-)), which by the way is a major part of my life, is undergoing extensive changes:
LucidMemoirs is celebrating its anniversary
Birth of Kaajewel and a facelift in progress
Jewelry for sale on Itshandmade and on Kaajewel eStore
…and of course I continue to blog about my design, inspirations and a dab of DIYs’
On my recent trip to the evergreen Bandipur national reserve in South India, we had a wonderful evening around the bonfire. Soaking in warmth while my camera clicked some casual shots. Soon I realized that one find their muse in the strangest of places . This is my whim to design another piece for the red collection.
Blazing hot red flame sizzles with luminous yellow lining reminded the gold tone metal combined with a bright red or a pretty pink components.
Check my bead stock and found this untouched string of beads . Usually I steer clear of chunky beads for earrings but I had to make an exception. Embellished with a couple of swarowski crystals and finished with a pair of flattened metal stud instead of a regular french ear-wire.
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Getting in touch with my roots, this necklace is made with the ethnic vintage design in mind. We Indians love gold and gold tone, mostly because it looks gorgeous on our olive, dusky complexion.
Soon after I ventured out into jewelry making, my family from India visited us and I realized that I seldom could gift them the handmade items. It turned out to motivate me to kick start these ethnic designs.
Something unique about this necklace. The store-bought pendant and earring set is the common piece while it’s designed to swap the handmade beaded chains with a simple lobster clasp. Howzat! 🙂
Make a statement with red coral attachment or wear it with elegant pearls finished with this contrasting pendant. I added a few ruby reds and green crystals to balance it out.
These two pairs of necklaces, one with ruby another with emerald was made over year ago and preserved safely so that I can gift it to my mom and mil when visit India.
It’s that time now and they absolutely loved it! Makes me so happy to see them wear it with Indian sarees and salwars.
Now since I’m here I’m taking it slow… ‘coz I’m enjoying the tropical fruits yet suffering in heat, relishing grand festive meals whilst attending crowded indian gatherings. In a nutshell, I do feel homesick in hometown, but the busy days are keeping the blues away.
Cant wait to go beads shopping here! Tell me how do you like my design and photography. Pin it if you like it!!!
A little while ago, I had been to the international beads festival in San Mateo, a place I call my ‘candy store’! Beads, charms, findings, tools, Oh My… I just could not get enough! I found some really nice Swarovski crystal, turquoise, pearl, coral, sandstone, ruby and so much more. Now that’s called a beads shopping spree.
Today’s post is all about the turquoise and few other blue beads. As a jewelry designer, I’ve always wanted to start using semi-precious stone. The color blue is pretty versatile and I love the way it behave with various metals. The first few items are with silver metal, white crystals and charms beads. I’ve also made a few pieces with copper wire to compliment the blue.
1. Simple stud and drops
I was wondering how fun it would be to have someone model my designs. Objects and people put together makes a great photo shoot. Right? This one is short earring with silver stud instead of fish hook ear wire. Mix it up with a chunky beaded necklace and balance out the look with a smaller earring like this.
Oh… Thanks to Eva Mendez for the guest appearance. 😉 Hope I dont get sued for this!
2. Heart Turquoise droplets
This is my signature dazzling droplet earring but with a heart-shaped turquoise bead. Find more on my jewelry page with black, pink, and other beads. My friend, sis-in-law gifted me this cute three chest drawer when she returned from the India trip. Its a great prop for jewelry photography. Thanks Shobi!
3. Blue beaded necklaces and chandelier
The crystal chandelier is made can be made with a few eye pins, fish hook ear wires, tube beads and crystals. Silvery with a touch of blue, these earrings can be worn with a black or a white dress.
The size of the beads and the pendant makes a whole lot of difference. Although the tarnished flower pendant is pretty in its own way, love the one with the blue marble stone. It kinda has an even finish and matches the beaded chain well.
4. Turquoise with copper spirals
Turquoise is such an earthy color and copper wire enhances the beauty of this stone. While you check out rest of this post, have an orange.
An Orange a day keeps the cold away… says Priya 😉 The goodness of vitamin C found in oranges cant be bad for you… Oh, you dont have it right now… Its ok, just eat any fruit or a glass of water at least! Stay healthy!
5. Blue crystal wirework
Wire work and wire wrapping is a fun technique to upgrade yourself in jewelry making. You can make your own findings, shapes and charms once you learn it. The sparkling blue crystal looks just as good as matte finish turquoise. I love this 2D to 3D photo turned out to be. I dont know her name, but she sure is gorgeous with a flawless skin!
So yeah… those are the five ways to use your turquoise blue beads to make wearable jewelry! I started out blogging as a platform to share my designs and finished accessories. But my blog is so full of all the activities that I love. I cant believe my last jewelry post was back on the last day of 2011. Its almost been 2 months now. Come back to find more of my designs with coral, pearls and ruby.
Related jewelry posts
Last day of the year 2011, I cant believe that its end of the year already. The city of new york turns into a winter wonderland during christmas and new years. Inspired by the colorful lights of the holidays are these few of these sparkling earrings.
Today I’m writing a guest post for Susanna blog – Ophelia’s Ear. She is crazy about earrings and has a very interesting hobby of collecting them. One a day, 7 days-7 earrings! Isn’t that cool?
Go Green bracelets
Its time the planet blue goes green! Save the earth for our children. Alternative fuel, conserve energy, carbon footprints…Seems like everybody is talking about going green. Where do I start? I do my part by conserving power, water and using recyclable bags on a day-to-day basis. I took this as an inspiration to make these trendy bunch of assorted stretchy bracelet with natural beads like wood, shell and glass.
Also sharing three unique style of bracelets.
- Red crystal charm bracelet
- Pink pearl chain bracelet
- Blue wire wrap bracelet
Check out rest of this post, photos and how I made the other bracelets on…
Rustic copper swirls
Its fun to play with wires, the swirls are a sweet twist when combined with crystal to make these cute earrings. While at it, I found myself unhappy with store brought ear-wires, if you are a jewelry maker you know what I mean. I made these ear-wires, the finish is just the way I want it to be. They are a perfect pair of earrings with peach and earthy blue green crystals beads.
Clusters pearl and crystal
Cluster earrings, the ones that look like a grape bunch are my personal choice. If u put together the soft white pearls and grey crystals together, they make a versatile earring that one can wear with almost anything. Check out the older post for other cluster earrings in my older post. The colorful clusters
The crystal bead, doesn’t always have to be the focal point in an earring. Sandwich the spacer bead with bright blue crystal. The other red and green earring is slim and elegant and has an Indian touch to it.