Thursday, 21 May 2015

The Eye of Horus by Mandarin Duck

Hello my sweet honey bunnies! :) 

Today I would like to show an unusual necklace made in Egyptian style. I was requested to make a necklace according to a book one of my clients wrote. The main element in it was a sacred amulet called "The Eye of Horus" and so the lady wanted to have one herself. 



As you all know, making something fragile from polymer sometimes is not an easy trick to perform and so we agreed that we will have to put the eye on some sort of a stable base. The result ended up being a mixture between ancient Egyptian style and a style of my own, my techniques, my textures and so on. I am glad that the client was pleased with the result and I hope you will enjoy seeing my interpritation of Egypt pulled through the corridors of my own imagination.




Thank you for reading this!


Monday, 11 May 2015

New Tools: Dots & Scratches

Hello my sweet honey bunnies! 

I am so happy to announce that I have some new tools for sale. ^^

They are completely handmade and very simple tools for creating wood, moss, feather, grass, hair, fur and many other textures on Polymer Clay and other similar medium. 
Original idea came from Donna Greenberg and she used them to make coral and lava textures for her amazing bottles. 

These are completely handmade and very easy to do! All you need is clay and tailoring needles. But if you are too busy or just can't be bothered, then you are welcome to buy a set!
You can also see a set of pictures of my art where I used these tools quite a lot for fur, moss, wood and so on. I hope you like it :) 


Friday, 1 May 2015

Drops of Color

Hi everyone!


Today I would like to present you another beautiful bracelet that I worked on during the last couple of months. Not all the time of course, just during :)

I named this bracelet "Drops of Color" as this is what it basically is :) Bracelet full of lovely, colourful drops and beautiful sparkle and shimmer.
It is made from polymer clay and is decorated with svarowski crystals and other metallic elements in different colours. All the textures and effect are achieved 100% by hand.
Once I created a test necklace with a very similar effect and I managed to sold it in Malta during the gallery sale, so I decided to make another item like this as it looked so joyful and happy, but also very chic and night out orientated ( if I can put it this way...).
Item is available in my ETSY SHOP

Enjoy the pictures!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

The Cuff of Purifying Energy by Mandarin Duck

Hello everyone!

I am quite excited to present you one of my new jewellery collection pieces - "The Cuff of Purifying Energy".


I decided to name this bracelet : "The Cuff of Purifying Energy" because it reminds me of a magical artefact piece and it was inspired by my love for labradorite crystals, starry dark sky with northern lights and beautiful, slightly golden moonlight. Labradorite stones are believed to have a power of protection and their magnificent transforming colourful ever transforming sparkle can easily make this crystal to be one of the most beautiful on the planet.

This bracelet is a part of "Ancient Stories" jewelry collection by Mandarin Duck aka Aniko Kolesnikova which I started two years ago and I still keep adding to the line from time to time. This collection is inspired by heavy medieval metals, little golden sparks of fire and beautiful semiprecious stones (for this bracelet it's labradorite). Pieces in this collection have rather different styles but they all are unified by black and gold/silver tones, different material imitations and shiny magical speckles.
This bracelet opens in the middle allowing a comfortable fit and it's oval shape makes it wrap around your wrist better, without leaving empty spaces and avoiding excess dangling on your hand. Hunting for such jewellery supply is always an adventure itself and when you find one, you feel very inspired straight away.
Very unique item, one of a kind (OOAK).

At the moment it is available in my ETSY SHOP.

Here are some more pictures and I am sorry that this type there will be no pictures of progress as for some reason I was so drawn into making this bracelet that I forgot to take couple of shots!

Thursday, 12 February 2015

"The Garuda Necklace"

Hello my sweet honey bunnies and all the other followers!


I am very thrilled to finally show my latest necklace - "The Garuda Necklace".

In the past year I got very interested in ancient Vedas and I learnt quite a lot about the mythical creatures from there.
As it is stated in the ancient Vedas, Lord Krishna's private transport is a large bird-a-like mythical creature named Garuda. This is one of the most important creatures in the universe and he looks like half man and half bird. In my version I didn't wanted a human being's body parts to be involved so I ended up making a very royal looking, highly decorated bird and named him Garuda.

He is the source of inspiration and attraction for all the birds and he gives them the powers to fly. He is the one who makes the gravity non existant for the birds. He is the one who serves Lord Krishna and carries him around everywhere and can travel through the universe in split seconds. This is how powerful he is.
But enough talking and telling stories. You might not be even interested in those. Although you will surely appreciate the effort, the precision and the uniqueness of this piece.
Enjoy!