Friday, July 29, 2011


Lac Jewellery

Lac has been used since ancient times in India, in making jewellery as a cosmetic, for dyeing wool, silk, leather and also in medicines.

Lac is the red resinous secretion of some insects. These are very tiny plant sucking insects, which attach themselves in millions of numbers on branches of trees. Their secretion is red in colour and coated on the branches of the host trees. These branches  are cut and harvested as stick lac.
The stick lac is crushed and sieved to remove impurities. Then it is washed a number of times to remove insect parts and other soluble material. The resulting product is known as seedlac.  It is used in  violins and varnishes etc.  Seedlac is again  processed into shellac by removing the impurities it still contains.
In India Lac is produced in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, West Bengal, Maharastra
Lacis used for making jewellery, key chains, framing mirrors, boxes, pens, pen stands, table tops, coasters, napkin holders and many more.  
Lac Jewellery is hand made and the entire family is involved in its manufacturing process. It is made mainly in Rajasthan and to some extent in Hyderabad too.

Here is the process of making of this jewellery:
Kundans, stones, beads and mirrors etc are also used to enhance the beauty of the pieces besides enamel paints. The price depends upon the craftsmanship, design and how delicately the piece is made. There are no doubt pieces to suit every ones pocket. Its just that we need to strike a balance between the price and the quality.

I love collecting them. here is a glimpse...
These are ear studs available in two sizes-studded with stones. Below are the danglers. All are available in a variety of colours.

These are light weight too. Some more next time...keep a watch....

Thursday, July 28, 2011



Here is one simple Rangoli of Butterflies.

This is 13 to 1 dots. Join as above. This is very simple and easy.

Friday, July 22, 2011


Floral Rangoli

Another Floral Rangoli. Simple and easy. 

                     Floral Rangoli

This is 15 to 1 dots. Join as above. You can also fill in the white spaces (background) of the Design with a light or contrasting colour to make it look big and attractive.

If you have any queries or doubts please mail me. Suggestions and comments are always welcome.

Keep an eye on my blog.......

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Twisted Rangoli

Another Twisted Rangoli or Chain Rangoli or Mellicka Muggu. This is very simple.
This is 13 to 1 dots.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

First Cherries

Hi all been busy and still am till the end of this month. But I cannot wait to share this news with you all. I had planted two cherry saplings some two-three years back in pots for Bonsai. Here are the first cherries.

I am so happy. I was not able to care for these plants much because of my busy schedules. I need to care for them. Poor things I have neglected all my plants.

Oh! by the way I may not be able to post during this week though I have so much to share with you all. Heavily clouded skies and heavy rains are making it difficult for me to take photographs of my work. Moreover I am away from my home most of the time. Still keep an eye on my blog...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lakshmi Locket Jewellery

This  is the month of Ashadha as per our Calendar. The coming month is Sravana-an auspicious month for us, specially for ladies. This is the time when we worship Goddess Lakshmi and Mangala Gauri for wealth, prosperity and family well being. Ladies buy new clothes, jewellery etc. Newly married women start their "Vratha" or Pooja (special Rituals) which they have to do for 5 years.

So keeping that in view I am designing some unique pieces. Here is one of them;

This is made of sand stone beads, small gold(plated) beads and Lakshmi lockets(gold plated). I have used wire so that the necklace stays stiff and also if you see closely I have looped at the ends. I have used dori or thread at the back with rings, which can  be adjusted to suit the size of our necks. The sand stone necklace can be removed and some other creation can be added to the same dori to match your dress. I am making such changeable jewellery.

The images of  Laksmi embossed on thin gold coins  are actually traditional gold jewellery used in "KaasulaPeru". Since we cannot afford gold now, I think this is affordable.

So invite Goddess Lakshmi this Sravana Masa with this new creation. 

Please do leave your comments, suggestions. and feel free to ask questions.....

Sunday, July 10, 2011

I am busy

Friends! I am sorry I could not post free Patterns of late nor am I active on my blog.  I have a lot to share, tutorials on quilling, macramé, jewellery making and much more. Many of my friends have mailed to me. But I am very busy right now and am unable to spare any time. But I promise you I will try my best to post.

Thanks a lot for the mails...keep a watch on my blog.....

Saturday, July 9, 2011


Lotus Rangoli-13-Lotus Square-3

11 dots per Row-7 Rows
9 dots per Row- 1 Row
7 dots per Row- 1 Row
Join as shown.

I am posting so many Lotus Designs as the coming month is Sravana and Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped during this month. She likes Lotuses. So if we decorate our houses or yards with these Rangolis, Goddess Lakshmi will bless us with riches and prosperity.

More to come...Keep a watch......

Red Beads Necklace

These days I am so tied up with my work and preparing for my exhibition, that I am not having time to post. 
Here is one necklace made from red beads.

These are China Beads available in red, green, light blue, black and coral colours. I have used gold beads which are hollow and look like filigree beads. The pendant is tear drop shaped glass one. These pendants are available in many sizes and shapes and also in glass, crystal and fibre(?), pearls etc.

Oh! By the way some of my friends have asked about where to get the pendants, beads etc. These are available in shops that sell jewellery or material for jewellery and also shops where they sell novelties or accessories for ladies like ear studs, danglers, pendants, brooches, bangles etc. Pendant sets that is with matching ear rings are also available. They can be worn with gold or silver chains or with bead chains.  

Oh I am experimenting with different materials for making jewellery. Do keep a watch on my blog for some different designs....

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Green and Orange Beads

Here is one simple design of Green and Orange Crystals. Many of us have the classic combination of Green and Orange Silk Saris or even in other materials such as cotton.

This is with Pendant.
This one is without pendant.

Both can be worn with dresses or saris with matching ear studs or danglers. I kept the designs simple as these can be worn any where any time. The gold beads in between add a touch of lustre and look grand. I am planning to make ear studs and danglers. But I need to practise a bit first.

More to come...So keep a watch....

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Green Crystal Necklace

Hi friends! Its been a long time since I posted. I am busy with my jewellery making. I am preparing to show case my creations in an exhibition. 

Here is one of my creations-a simple green crystals, gold balls necklace with a multi coloured stone pendant.

Crystals are still in fashion. One can choose from a rainbow of colours dark and light...

Do keep an eye for some exclusive designs. Recently I picked up some very unique material and am experimenting with them. So keep an eye on blog.....