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!

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Multi-Shaped Dottie Cutters

Hello my dear friends!

This is just a quick update on your requests about having Dottie tools in different shapes!
This is a bit time consuming to make and require some skills of working with pliers, but this is what I came up with.. to make a whole set it took me about 30 minutes and I used flat and rounder jewellery making pliers I had ( see the picture)...
This is what I got for now, perhaps tomorrow I will play with them and clay and will find out what all these cool shapes look like when cut out :)


You might be scared to play with your only set and I understand that. I also won't bother making these different shaped sets for sale as this will take all of my time and won't be worth not the time, not the effort. But just so that you know... there is an option, it is rather easy to do.. And.. Soon I will have some other same sized sets of Dotties available so that you can buy same size in a pack of 10 for example and play with creating your own sets! Maybe not flowers or hearts, but surely it would be handy to make your own squares, triangles and especially drops that can be used for tears, petals and many more.

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you would risk doing this yourself? Or is it something you would never risk doing with your Dotties?