DIY Jhumkha (Traditional Dangling earrings)

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Jhumkhas are traditional earrings that are matched to Indian attire like Salwar Kameez or Sari. They dangle and are very elegant. You can wear simple ones on tunic tops too.

Well, last week I made a pair with polymer clay and they looked perfect. It is easy and doesn’t require lot of tools. You can use the very basic ones that are available at home and make amazing designs. For extra bling, some metallic acrylic paint works well.

So, here is tutorial:

Step 1: Make a small ball (aprox size of  2 garbanzo beans). Roll it well making sure it is nice and smooth. Depending on the polymer clay you use, there is a chance of it being soft. In such cases put it in the freezer for couple of minutes. Hardening it a little helps in cutting it easily without spoiling the round shape.

Step 2 : Use a sharp blade to make it half( keep rolling the blade on the ball and cut). If you want a bigger one, you can make 2 equal size balls and cut 1/4th and use the 3/4 piece.

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 Step 3: Using a pen, blade, tooth pick or match stick you can make designs on the clay ball.

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Step 4 : For the stud part too, make a ball cut into half and make a design of your choice.

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 Step 5: Now time to add the basic jewelry findings. Take an eye pin and add to the bottom and stud part of the earrings. For stronger bonding, I use Poly paste – polymer clay glue.

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Step 6: You can buy ear posts at your local craft store or @ Amazon/Ebay. Bake the pieces as per the package instruction and let them cool. Once cool add ear posts to the stud part with super glue and use jump rings to join. Or  if you want a simple one, add a fish hook ear posts( as shown in pic).

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For extra shine use an acrylic metallic paint. It can be done like show below:

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Isn’t it easy and looks great too!!

You can make any kind of jewelry and any color that matches your outfit. And for the necklace you can use yarn, jewelry cord or  satin ribbon and they look fab.

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Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If you happen to make any I would love to see 🙂

Have a great day!!

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About Nima

Hi, I am very delighted that you stopped by! Welcome to Creative ME!!! I 'm a wife to an amazing hubby, an Asian(Indian) native, nomad for a while and finally settled @ The Grand Canyon State in 2012. Our first 2 months of accommodation was in a hotel and that's when everything started. You must be wondering HOW? I was introduced to HGTV and started reading craft blogs. Ohh yes, PINTERST toooo and that is my fav! Well, inspired from these places, I started to DIY on budget and decorate our home. Whenever I posted pics of my projects on Facebook, everyone loved and gave many positive comments. Some of them also said I should not look for a job, instead start a blog or sell some of my projects ;) They thought I was doing something very cool!! That was a great motivation and I decided to tickle my creative senses to tame the stress monster ;-) And then, one day here is my blog , where I share my ideas and projects with friends, family and all other aspiring DIY-er's :) And if you like my blog, please come back and also don't forget to tell your friends :) Lastly, if you have a fun and functional craft or project or even a simple recipe I want to hear….please let me know and I can feature, down the line we will make Creative ME to WE..;)

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