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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Bespoke tales ~ Anjali's anklets

While I am talking about custom orders how can I NOT write about the customised anklets for a dear friend Anjali. Anjali was in India in the month of November and had already booked a lot of earrings. So I kept asking her if I should send them over to her home in India and she replied saying she wanted to look at more stuff.
She looked and looked and finally told me she did not want more earrings. She wanted anklets instead. And customised with colours of her choice. Knowing her love for English colours I sent her these pics...


 


She picked pastels beads and silver wire combination. Just around then my mom went on vacation to Kerala leaving me to look after her grandson. Yes that's how it is- I look after her grandson when she is on vacation. :P
So Anjali's order looked a bit difficult but how could I say NO??? So every afternoon I waited to put my son to sleep and sat with my box of beads. Just when I would sense him waking up, my reflexes would work at high speed and I would pack up my tools and beads before he knew what was going on. Thankfully I managed to complete her order and send it over to her before she left. Another school friend Manideepa who now lives very close to where Anjali stays had ordered another bunch of earrings too. I was very thrilled packing their accessories and marking the bubble wrap covers with an A and an M. :)
I did not get enough time to take good pictures. Here are some I took hastily...





But then Anjali volunteered to be my 'foot model' - a term she coined and sent me these pictures she took on her vacation in Peurto Rico. Aren't they sexy? And very professional looking too. :) :)







Saturday, 14 February 2015

Bespoke tales- shades of pink for Radhika and her little one

My neighbour Radhika has been an old customer for made-to-order earrings. Last year she got black and white earrings made to go with her anniversary outfit. When she saw pictures of hookless earrings I had made on facebook she asked for 'something really small and in dark pink to go on most of her office wear kurtas'
Here is a picture of what I made for her and she loved it. She also wears it very often, so yay!


Recently she also got a pair of bracelets made for her three year old daughter Sanvi to wear at her cousin's wedding. Her daughter happens and my son get along like a house on fire and they spend most of their day in each other's company. So I was more than happy to make something for her. And it was fun to measure her teeny tiny wrists :)
Here is a picture of what I made for her.... 



Apparently Sanvi went around showing off her bracelets at the wedding and telling everyone who asked that Gunjan maushi had made them for her. Totally worth it, right?




Friday, 13 February 2015

Bespoke tales- wire tags for Shyla

One day when I posted a picture of the word 'love' made from copper wire, Shyla my schoolmate instantly pinged me and asked if I could make more of those for her. I happily obliged. But she wanted 'hope' and 'faith' to go with it too.
And in sets of five!
I was completely taken aback by such a big order. And I had my hands full with an upcoming exhibition too. But Shyla was willing to wait. It took me one whole month to get back to her but I finally did. Here is a work in progress picture of the wire tags.


Sadly I dont have a picture of the finished product with neatly coiled ends. :( Next time I will try and rush a little less and take better pictures before packing my pieces.

Here is a snapshot of her lovely comment on my facebook post.



Thursday, 12 February 2015

Bespoke tales - from Shilpa

I've been getting a lot of custom orders lately.. When I am working on new products, I tend to photograph them exclusively for putting them up on the website. But when it comes to custom orders, there are so many pictures that go back and forth on whatsapp and on email that I forget to keep them somewhere safe for posterity. I do post them on facebook but then old posts go into the oblivion and I don't trust fb much. Initially I thought I should upload them on drive so that I can refer to them in the future on days that I am looking for inspiration. But then I thought what's the use of a blog that is not updated regularly. Mostly I lack ideas to write about but writing about these custom orders will be fun.

So the first big order I received was in December 2014 from my cousin Shilpa who lives in New Jersey. She ordered 35 pairs of earrings to be made. You may wonder if she suddenly decided to revamp her accessories and fill her earring holders with all Koyri items. Although I 'll be happy to do that for her, but sadly no. She planned to order them for gifting. The Indian custom of haldi kumkum cermonies that happen all through January after Sankrant follow the ritual of giving gifts also known as vaan () to all ladies who are invited for the ceremony. The gift could be anything a comb, a handkerchief, a purse or simply a packet of tea powder. Shilpa tai wanted to something more thoughtful and decided to introduce Koyri to her friends and relatives in the US of A. And I was more than happy about it. :)
After exchanging thousands of messages (thank god for whatsapp) and dozens of pictures, we finalised on 4 types of earrings in different quantities mounting up to 36 in number.

One of them was Jhumoor- the pearl and golden dangler, another was a similar one seen in pic below, the third was Nargis in red and purple- the favourite hoops earring of Koyri ever!
There is a fourth one that I cannot find a picture of. :(

Out of the 36 earrings, 20 were hoops and another 10 required kidney hooks. And only after finalising this did I realise that I had completely run out of both hoops and kidney hooks. I thought I will walk into the local store and buy them but they too had run out of it. That is when I panicked!!! I knew buying online would take a lot longer and I was already running short of time. That's when Kalaivani, a supplier from Chennai came to my rescue. She sent it over to me in 3 days flat!

That was when my mom, my ever enthusiastic helper, sat up late in the night to help me finish the order. Luckily one of her friend was visiting India and happened to be in Pune. She happily obliged to carry the parcel with her all the way to the US. I had to take extra care that it was securely bubble wrapped but not so much that it will be a problem to open in case customs officials get suspicious.
Thankfully no such thing happened and the parcel reached shilpa tai intact. She was so happy to finally receive it after so much anticipation. :)

Here is a picture she uploaded on facebook where all the earrings are cosily sitting in pouches and ready to be distributed.

She also put up a picture of her and her friends at the function. I am going to ask her permission so that you guys are able to see it too. :)
ETA: She said yes, so here she is posing with her friends all dressed up and looking gorgeous.



Bye bye until I write about the next very interesting custom order. :)

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Copper wire earcuffs

There was a discussion going on in one of the jewelry making forums on which wire/metal you like to work most on. My answer undoubtedly was copper.
I love how it shines when hammered and the fact that it is not overly soft like aluminium nor tough like brass makes it a wonder to work with.
Pictures of some copper earcuffs I recently made.




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