Hello friends.. It has been a while since I have posted on my blog. I have been quite occupied of-late with orders from my customers. And not to forget my demanding office work. The busy schedule has kept me away from writing from some time.However, I couldn’t hold myself from sharing the news about the new techniques I have learnt in jewelry making.
After making quilled jewelry for some time, I felt my creations had become quite monotonous and there was not much variety. Most of the orders that I received from my customers were just color customization requests. The techniques however remained the same. My creative side was yearning to do something new. Luckily, I came to know about the bead weaving techniques from some of the youtube videos. As i explored more about the beading techniques, I knew that this was the next thing I wanted to learn and make. The break came when one of my customer asked me to create something unique which should look both traditional and trendy. She didn’t want the usual quilling jewelry everyone wore. Thanks to her, I could experiment with a couple of new techniques in my jewelry.. Bead weaving, paper weaving and resin casting.
I wove a small strips of quilled paper too get the checker board effect. The base was made with multiple layers of cardstock. For the border, I used the rhinestone cup chain in amber and gold which I later sealed with a 3 mm gold strip. I learnt the bead weaving pattern from a couple of videos in youtube.. This particular pattern is a variation of herringbone tubular stitch.. In-spite of all the layers of card stock, the pendant was not quite sturdy.. Resin came to the rescue.. and trust me, after the resin cast, the pendant looked more elegant. The resin hardened like a layer of glass on the pendant making it more rigid and sturdy.. Here are some more pics..
I bought the quilling strips, jewelry findings, seed beads and swarovsky crystals from Raja market in Bangalore. resin was sourced from A1-Crafts, Mumbai.
Not to forget my Nexus 5 which never lets me down whenever I have to take some super cool pics of my creations..
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Spring is here!! Spring is here!!
How do you think I know??
I just saw the colorful blooms..
That is how I know!!
This is my version of the famous song The Spring is Here written by Lorenz Hart for the musical I Married an Angel (1938).
Going by the mood of the season, I tried making a spring yin-yang quilled frame.
I used old invitation cards of red and ivory colors to cutout the base.
Then I transfered the yin-yang clip-art template onto the base using a brown carbon paper.
For the roses I again used red and ivory colours to set the contrast right. I used the colour green extensively for the leaves and swirls.
For the border, I used some spare beaded gold lace which I had at home. I had bought it a few months back for my silk blouse and a dew inches of the lace was remaining.
I made a white cardboard frame with black background which worked as a perfect contrast for the red, ivory and gold colours on the yin-yang. You can see the tutorial for making the cardboard frame here
Below are some more pictures I took from different angles.
Do let me know how you like the Quilled Spring Yin-Yang..
I have entered this quilled frame in the below challenges:
IQCG #15: Quilled rose
CSCC #13: Anything Goes
BGC #67: Spring Green with Spring Elements
Butterflies make amazing decorative pieces- be it as fridge magnets or embellishments on walls, boxes, photo frames or as jewelry. They also make amazing return gifts and birthday presents.
I made these two butterflies with strips of 5 mm. I just randomly used the strips from a multicolored pack of quilling strips and hence the vibrant colors of the cuties.
Making quilled butterflies is pretty simple as only basic quilling shapes like tight coils, marquis and teardrop are used. You just have to let your imagination flow while sticking the shapes together to get the wings into different shapes. But make sure the symmetry is maintained between the two wings. To get the body right, make two cones of the same color and stick them together on the open end to get the required shape.
I used one of these butterflies to embellish my son’s photo frame.
I gifted the other butterfly to my Neighbors daughter on her birthday… I loved the expression on her face when she was holding the tiny bunch of colors in her hand.
If you like these vibrant and colorful butterflies, do let me know with a comment or a LIKE.
Miniature dolls have always fascinated me and then I came across this article about Amnah who has created a wold record with her collection of quilled dolls. After seeing the cute little dolls I couldn’t keep myself from trying to make some 3D quilled dolls myself. And here is what I could come up with.
The minion could have been a bit more fat but by the time I realize that, I had already pasted the hands. So, I left him to be lean. However, I like the way his eyes pop out.
The Japanese doll came out well. Especially the hat. I crimped the paper before rolling it into the hat which added the wavy look to it. I had initially planned to use the yellow rings to decorate her dress but later I decided to make flowers out of them as I liked the dress plain.
I totally enjoyed quilling these dolls and loved the outcome. I hope you like them too !!
I am back with another creation after being inactive for a few weeks. This time I tried to create the cute and delicate poppies.
Though poppies come in various colors, I was drawn the most towards this yellow flower. I loved the colors in the stamen.
I used strips of 3 mm to make the petals and 10mm for the stamen. I also added the stem to the flower that add a new dimension to the flower. With the stem, I can also keep the flower in a vase.
Since the vase was looking empty with a single flower, I also made a red poppy and some leaves.
I totally loved the final arrangement. I hope you like it too!!