As a final gift to take to Singapore, I made this elegant black and silver (Onyx and freshwater pearl) bracelet for my 16 year old cousin. When she was younger, all she’d ever ask for was chocolates and candy. I was recently chatting with her on Gtalk and asked her which chocolates she wanted, and she responded “I’m not that fat 10 year old kid anymore!”. I kinda forgot that she grew up.
Also, I made fun “Sri’s Arts” tags for the bracelets. I wrapped them up in tissue paper, and put them into old boxes (I have a drawer full of empty boxes and bags, and I only keep the pretty ones). Even if they don’t like what’s inside, they will definitely like the packaging :)
These are the bracelets I made for both of my chitti’s (Aunts) in Singapore. Both are made using semi precious stones and freshwater pearls.
I am not sure what my family there like or wear, so I hope they like it!
Next week my sister and I are going on our first vacation alone, and it’s definitely going to be an interesting one (And it will be VERY interesting if I still have this cold, and I will have to cough into the face of the poor person sitting next to me on the 24 hour journey). That’s right. 24 hour journey. We are traveling half way around the world to Singapore for 10 days! We are spending 3 of those days in Cambodia visiting Angkor Wat.
Anything that you can find in Canada can be found in Singapore (Except winter gear, but who needs that in 30+ degrees?), so my sister and I thought we’d make all the ladies (My two chitti’s (aunts) and my two cousins) some simple bracelets. It would be extremely personal, and definitely something that they couldn’t buy in Singapore. Unfortunately my sister had 5 midterms and even more assignments, so she’s been pretty MIA. My sister and I do enjoy making jewelry together, but this time I had to fly solo :(
Here’s the first bracelet- A little something in Pink for my girly 9 year old cousin :)
Over the past 2 months, I’ve made a couple of jewelry peices. Some of them using the beads I bought from the Bead Convention.
1) Set with Indonesian Garnet pendant, Peuter stones, and Bali beads
2) Set using amethysts and peuter
3) Simple pearl bracelet (Mostly for work)
4) Long necklace with an assortment of leftover beads
I also made a couple of earrings for my housemates as well, which I will post separately :)
I had a quiet evening to myself after a very long time, so I went on a bit of a jewelry making craze. I made these while watching “What a Girl Wants” on TV. I had a very fun evening :)
1. I made a simple silver and blue necklace for my mom, and her friend wanted a similar one in antique gold and orangey red.
2. I bought these fake pandora beads a LONG time ago and finally made the bracelet I wanted. I also made two pairs of earrings to match.
3. I got these fun beads and made a bracelet out of them. They are not only fun, but they are neutral enough to wear to work.
4. This one is my favourite. I got these amazing 2-holed-spacers, and made a freshwater pearl bracelet with matching earrings.
As always, I got all my supplies from Arton Bead store in Toronto
Edited to Add: Some of these items are for sale on srisarts.etsy.com ! Check it out :) If you would like to purchase something that hasn’t been posted on Etsy, send me an email
I recently made a unique bracelet. The actual bracelet design is very straight forward and it took me less than 15 minutes to make, but it’s the beads that make it interesting.
I was first inspired to start Jewelry Making by my good friend Vidya. I met her through dance, and she’s currently doing her Masters in Aerospace Engineering at UofT. She’s smart, a great baker, very outdoorsy, and has highly advanced bead knowledge. She’s also Aquarius- It doesn’t get much better than that!
Anyways, I was at her house one day eating her blueberry cornbread and looking at her pictures from her trip to Hawaii, when she opened up her bead drawer to show me some stuff she was working on. She pulled out this bag of beads from India that she received as a gift many years ago, and gave me a small handful. Apparently there were many more, and she’d already used them a lot.
These beads were something else. They all had a black base, but each bead was different. They really had a lot of character, and I knew that I wouldn’t have to do much to create a very interesting piece of jewelry.
Here’s the finishing product (I apologize for the lighting, the beads aren’t as dark as they appear in the picture.):
Recently a friend introduced me to jewelry making and it’s quite an addictive hobby. It takes very little to get started, and it requires very little skill to put it together. The benefit is, that for a couple of hours worth of work, you can really get jewelry made the way YOU want it, to specifically match outfits. It’s also a lot cheaper!
Last week I made this set for my mom. She’s into slightly chunky jewelry, and wanted something like this to wear with her jeans and simple salvars. The stone I used was “Chrysocorra”, the gemstone of peace. This stone is great for health problems, relationship issues, and is used to treat diabetes, arthritis and more! Interesting isn’t it? It’s a really pretty stone, and every single bead is different, so it adds character to the necklace. (Read more here). I shopped at Arton Beads in Toronto, honestly an amazing place. The string of chrysocorra beads cost me $6.00 (On sale), and the round silver beads cost me only $2.50 a pack ($5 in total). I got all the wire previously and I’ve already used it for many jewelry pieces.
At the same time, I also made a set for my friend’s birthday. I made earrings, a long necklace, and a bracelet. I used fresh water pearls and amethyst. The string of fresh water pearls were $8.00, and I got two strings of amethysts for $6.00 each. See what I mean by affordable? For only $20.00 (plus a little extra for wires etc), I was able to make a customized and personal gift.
Here’s the intro to jewelry making :) I’ve made a lot more so stay tuned for more picture uploads.
Edited to add: Both these pieces are now for sale on srisarts.etsy.com ! Check it out :)