Showing posts with label texture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label texture. Show all posts

Monday, 14 December 2015

Christmas 25% Discount

Hello everyone!

I would like to joyfully announce that for the next couple of weeks up until the end of this year there will be a 25% discount available in my ETSY SHOP on tools and tutorials. This is my Christmas present to each and every of you this festive season! xxx































Thank you for being my follower!

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Mandarin Duck Texture Stamps are out!


Hello everyone!
It's been quite a few busy and crazy weeks and a lot of things were going wrong, but finally we made it and the Mandarin Duck Texture Stamps are now finally released. They are already available for sale in my Etsy shop and some of you wonderful people have already purchased the whole sets. I am ever so grateful for this!
I updated my website with a Products section which has a full instructions on using the stamps. Just in case if you need to know.
Otherwise, here are the stamps, enjoy them, buy them, like or share. Do whatever you please as they were made for you! Also here is the Grand Reveal video if you haven't seen it yet :) Click on it! -->






















And here are the stamps!

"GENTLE BLOSSOM" (Positive & Negative imprints)




























Monday, 10 August 2015

Simply Dotting Tools

Hello my sweet honey bunnies!

Today I would like to announce some exciting news!
Whole summer I was working on few great projects and ideas apart from making journals and jewellery. It's been hectic and hard, but the result is just fascinating :)

Let me present you my newly designed, Mandarin Duck branded "SIMPLY DOTTING TOOLS".
That's all they really are, just some good old Dotting Tools / Ball tools, although I am very happy to have some tools of my own exclusive colour and even branded with MANDARIN DUCK name! 

Whoah! :)

So this is a little moment of glory for me.... And a lot of tension at the same time. I don't know if you will find them useful, if you will love the colour, if you will appreciate the fact that they are designed and marked with my name. But I will be very pleased if you will xxx.











Thank you so much for checking these out and please don't hesitate to write comments about what you think of these tools :) Critics and suggestions are welcome :) And purchases are welcome, too :)

Love xxx, 







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!

Monday, 10 November 2014

The Water Princess Necklace

Hello my sweet honey bunnies and welcome to my blog on this lovely sunny Monday day!

Today I would like to finally release some pictures of my ""Water Princess" necklace. I know you were all waiting for it for the whole week. 
This is a preview of original necklace that my client saw.
This necklace was designed as a custom order and it was inspired by one of my previous necklaces I made. My client saw it in my collections and asked if I could adjust the colours to silvers and blues instead of browns and greens. This necklace was supposed to be a present for her mother on Christmas. She showed me her picture and I realised straight away, that the actual metallic base I was supposed to use wasn't good enough either, as the original design has quite defined rectangular shapes and would look a bit too geometrical when combined with smooth and feminine curves of her mother. I went to the shop and found a perfect base for the necklace. Usually I love going to the shops and buy good quality but not very expensive jewellery pieces made from metal. Then I work on top of it by adding polymer clay in any ways I want. This way the whole piece looks much more expensive, definitely is much more functional and there is less options for bits and bobs breaking off it. 
I know that I am not too patient with clay and even if I can spend hours texturising it, still I can't be bothered polishing it for 5-6 hours :) It's just not me! So I think that a lovely friendly good quality metallic base is a perfect addition to my artworks. 
So let me start by showing you the beginnings, the work in progress pictures.
Click to enlarge this picture
It was quite easy to make this necklace technologically, but as you might already know it was quite time consuming with the textures. I really take my time with texturising every mil millimiter of clay when I work. Needless to say, I made it from black Premo clay by Polyform and after baking I painted it with a silver acrylic paint by using the dry brushing technique. And so here are the final results. More in my Flickr gallery. 



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Thank you so much for reading, 
Have a creative day,