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Door/wall hangings with homemade clay…

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My favorite of all wall hangings is traditional Rajasthani ones. Specially, the string decorations are absolutely beautiful and comes in various designs and sizes. They add so much warmth, color and most important festive feel 🙂

Well, it is easy buy stuff from India, but I was itching for a project and decided to “DIY” and here is the result – a cute and traditional flower string door/wall hanging 🙂

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Aren’t they cute and colorful. They are about 24 inches (2ft) in length and add color and style to any room.

Well, before initiating this project,  I was looking at clay options to make the flowers. The ideal pick was polymer clay as it is light and break resistant. This time I wanted to go for an inexpensive option.

After some search, I found this recipe to make clay at home. That was super exciting.  It is easy-to- make, easy- to-work, inexpensive and can be used in variety of projects.

Here are is a video tutorial from youtube.

I couldn’t wait to get started and bought glue from dollar tree and corn starch from local grocery store for less than $3.

Homemade clay is ready and the other supplies you need are –

wooden beads (hobby lobby)

Cookie or fondant cutter

decorative mirrors (hobby lobby)

Bells (optional)

Lace or string of your choice 

Super Glue 

Step 1 : Condition the clay and roll it out until it is 1/8th inch thick approx. Here i used a fondant cutter for flowers. Choose a cutter of your choice and make 10-12 flowers.

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Step 2 : Let the flowers dry overnight. Once dry they are very light, unbreakable and almost look like resin. Color the flowers with acrylic paint and glue a decorative mirror in the center.

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Step 3: Take a string or decorative lace and few wooden beads. I added random and used multi colored beads. Once you add couple of beads glue the painted flower like shown above.

Once you string beads and glue flowers add a decorative bell and you have beautiful string wall hanging decor ready to use 🙂

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Clay Mural Art on Cardboard

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I was introduced to clay mural art by Fevicryl Hobby Ideas (FHI) page from Facebook and since then I was looking for an opportunity to try my hands. There are many tutorials available on youtube on how to make beautiful piece of art using this technique.

After watching couple of videos I learnt that this can be done on almost any surface. Of course, in India it is easy to find the traditional MDF cutouts. Also, this tutorial on  Kalash clay mural art on cardboard helped me to take up a project for Sankranthi Bommala Koluvu 2016.

It is my first time so picked a kalash image from web as a reference.

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What you need is –

Print of an image on A4

Cardboard

Air dry clay (crayola)

Elmer’s Glue

Acrylic paints

Decorative rhinestones and lace/bead ball chain

Step 1: Trace the image on to a cardboard and cut it along the outline .

Take some air dry clay and start filling the details . For 3D effect – the thickness of the clay shouldn’t be consistent. Also, use glue to make sure it bonds well to the cardboard.

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Step 2: Let it dry overnight. Paint the kalash base, leaves and coconut. Get creative and add decorative rhinestones/fancy beads. Regular glue works well to stick the rhinestones.

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Soda can tab can be used as a picture hanger. Use hot glue or super glue to add the pop to the cardboard like here.

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Isn’t that pretty? You can make almost anything and this kalash wall art can be used in multiple ways for multiple occasions. I can’t wait to try more projects on mural art and share it with you all 🙂

Happy Monday!

Janmasthami 2016

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Janmasthami/Krishnathami is a very popular Indian festival celebrated by Hindus with lot of devotion and enthusiasm. It is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna – an incarnation whom many Hindus believe to be the god Vishnu in human form.

Krishna is regarded as great philosopher, teacher, role model and friend. His teachings are found in one of the holy books of Hinduism – Bhagavad Gita(song of the Lord). 

One important ritual of this festival is small footprints are made resembling toddler Krishna’s footprints heading into your house. I wanted to make something I can use every year so made these foam and bead footprints.

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Also, Lord Krishna is decorated with beautiful flowers and his name is chanted with huge devotion and love. In popular Krishna temples in India – 108 varieties of delicious food is cooked to offer the Lord. I was very happy to offer 9 delicious varieties of food to our little Krishna.

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Also another DIY project I made for this year theme/decoration is cardboard tree and used a turf sample(already on hand) to create garden base.

Step 1 : Once you choose the krishna idol for display, take a piece of cardboard that is couple of inches longer in height than the idol.

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Step 2 : Make a free hand design of tree base with branches and leaf bunches.

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Step 3 : Paint the pieces and let it dry. Once dry, hot glue the green leaf bunches to the branches. If you think the tree is big for the idol you can also cut the base to match the height.

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Step 4 : To make the tree stand well make a cross cut at the base and glue a piece of cardboard. It should look like X. Or you can also glue it to a lid/round base too.

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Add some mini beads/rhinestones for the tree to add some bling.

Lastly, arrange pieces together – turf(artificial grass base), fence and the tree with idol and ofcourse Krishna is incomplete with calf/cow 🙂

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This can be a great Golu/Kolu/Bommala Koluvu DIY project and best described as Krishna, the shepard boy with addition of few doll cows 🙂

Cheers!

Polymer Clay Dancing Couple!

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Creating new dolls every year for golu/doll display is totally a joyful experience. And today I am going to share one such doll made out of polymer clay for this year display (Sankranthi – Jan 2016)

IMG_1016The structure of the doll is inspired from Channapatna wood toys.

The pieces are molded individually with Sculpey white polymer clay and added them using toothpicks. Then, baked for almost an hour as per package instructions.

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And this is how it looked, don’t worry on overcooking/burning the piece because it going to get nice coat of paint and details.

Once you have the structure ready, pick some acrylic paints and color it the way you want! Since it is for a traditional display I picked bright colors and painted the dolls to look more Indian. 🙂

And Tadahh…….

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Just to make sure it stands firmly, glued it on to a painted plywood base from Hobby Lobby.

Cheers!

DIY Dolls for Kolu/Bommala Koluvu

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I haven’t visited India after I started Bommala koluvu/doll display so, I don’t have many traditional dolls . That really worked well for me because it motivates me to make a new set of dolls. This is second year of display and also 2nd year of making  handmade dolls for Golu.

I am going to share tutorial of one such dolls I displayed for this year(2016) golu/kolu/Bommala Koluvu.

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These 3 little brahmins ( aprox 6 inches in height each) are loaded with cuteness and the basket of miniature Jelebi(Indian sweet) is my favorite 🙂

Well, this is not totally my idea. I made the structure of the doll and the eyes  inspired from Channapatna dolls.

It is pretty easy and self explanatory.

Material needed – Scupley white Polymer clay

Step 1: Make the base – a circle and 2 hands. Add a toothpick like shown below and bake for 45 minutes(or as per the temperature mentioned on your clay pack)

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Step 2: Then add the head and bake for another 20 minutes. Even if it is over baked and changes the color do not worry.

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Step 3 : Pick a color of your choice for skin tone. I used a basic acrylic and gave 2 coats. Sharpie marker works just fine for eyes. And for other details I used metallic acrylic paint, toothpick,  white and red nail polish.

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Step 4 : The mini basket is from Michaels and the miniature jelebi is made out of orange sculpey polymer clay 🙂

Step 5: For the base, I picked a 5X7 wooden rectangular plaque from Hobby Lobby , decorated the surface and borders and added 4 beads on to the bottom of the wood.

Finally, glued the dolls and the basket of sweets 😀  That’s it, a cute doll set is ready to set up!!

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial 🙂

Pongal – Bommala Koluvu/Golu

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Hello Friends,

Last 1 month has been very busy preparing for Doll display/Golu and I can’t wait to share the pics! This year I made some more handmade dolls out of polymer clay. I had friends over to view it and they were so happy to come and see and I was really flattered with all their kind words.

I shall publish tutorials for some of them in the coming posts!

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Here is the link to view the dolls closer – click here

Tutorial for 3-step display stand – click here

Tutorial for clay musical instruments – click here 

Some of my favorite handmade items of this year Golu/Kolu/Bommala Koluvu are –

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Cheers!