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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.




Tell me how you like them.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

A DIY Sunday

My weekend DIY projects have finally taken off. From only making notes and trying to fit in time for these small projects that I have been wanting to do around the house, I have finally ticked started ticking them off the list. Big win!

After Saturday's day long Jewelry Making Workshop, there was no way I was going to touch my pliers again on a Sunday. So out came the paints and brushes. I laid down newspapers in my terrace - my favourite working space in the house and got started.

The coffee/tea stained coasters were something I had wanted to replace for a long time. And being obsessive about reusing something to the maximum before throwing it, I decided to paint them. The plan was to paint them with random flowers and such but the Boy suggested writing quotes. I liked the idea and promptly gave the task of finding small quotes (that will fit in the coasters).

Here is the step by step process:

1) Clean the coasters and wipe them dry
2) Use acrylic colours to give a base coat of paint. I used brown cos the tea and coffee stains had become more or less permanent and would show from any light colour.
3) Leave them to dry for 1-2 hours
4) Finalise on the quotes and decide how you are going to space the words on each of them.
5) Take a toothpick (or the other end of an agarbatti) and get going. You'll have to dip it more often than you can imagine and it will stop being fun after a while. But dont give up, you will feel great once the project is over.
6) Let it dry for another hour.
7) Transparent nailpolish came to my rescue as a sealant. Apply 2-3 layers and again leave it to dry for 15-20 mins. If you are lucky to have varnish, try using that as a sealant. I was tempted to go buy varnish but wanted to complete the project without buying anything new. So I made do with whatever stuff I already had at home.

8) Make yourself a nice cup of coffee, sit in favourite corner of the house and sip away. And of course, use your favourite coaster to set the cup on. :)

Here are a few pictures. Yes just a few because it was getting risky with the phone, paint and a very curious toddler in my lap. :)

Before

WIP

After

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Jewelry Workshop details are up!

Hello all lovely people out there,

I am conducting workshops on Jewelry Making this month. For all those who have been asking here are the details:

Basic jewelry making workshop - You learn to make earrings, necklaces and bracelets in attractive patterns. You also learn to use tools to make your own designs. You get  access to all the supplies and you get to take what you make.
Wire jewelry workshop - You learn to twist wire to make various exquisite designs. You get to learn to make the perfect coils, spirals, whorls, kolams and a lot more wire jewelry patterns. You also get to take what you make.


Here is the schedule:
1. Basic Jewelry Making Workshop
Date: 9th Aug 2014
Time: 10am - 1pm
2. Wire Jewelry (Advanced) Workshop
Date: 9th Aug 2014
Time: 3pm - 6pm
3. Basic Jewelry Making Workshop
Date: 23rd Aug 2014
Time: 10am - 1pm
4. Wire Jewelry (Advanced)Workshop
Date: 23rd Aug 2014
Time: 3pm - 6pm


The workshops will involve hands-on practice. All necessary supplies and refreshments will be provided. 

Please send your inquiries to gunjan@koyri.com for more details.

Have a great day! Thanks! 

Gunjan

Monday, 21 July 2014

Copper wire earrings


Twisted copper wire spirals secured on top of one another. Custom order for a friend. 


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Why I Love to make Metal Jewelry

Firstly because it is Addictive and a whole lot of fun. And a lot more fuel for creativity than other forms of jewelry making that I have tried. With metal, it is a whole world of possibilities ahead of me. I take a wire and twist it and turn it and coil it. Do whatever comes to my mind. And the types of designs one can make is endless.

The only challenge is while making earrings. i.e. creating a piece identical to the one that has already been created. It involves a great deal of patience and concentration. One blow of hammer delivered harder than the other and you have to start from the beginning. But the end result is satisfying. 

Time for pictures of the brass (and a little copper) earrings I recently made:






How are they? Which ones do you like the most? Tell me so that I can bring better designs to you. Thanks :)


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