Today’s Meet and Make designer is Divya N. who is a freelance fashion apparel & jewellery designer from Chennai, India. She creates and sells jewelry & gifts under the brand name‘Sayuri’ – and you can find her frequently blogging at Jewels of Sayuri.
Let’s meet Divya!
10 Fun Facts about Divya:
- My jewelry brand Sayuri means a small lily in Japanese.
- I am a photo junkie and love taking pictures.
- I do a lot of trend research and write regularly for Fashion columns.
- Though my working style is very kitsch (I like mixing a lot of things together) my personal style is very classy…I wear plain boring clothes!!
- I love to read – mostly fiction and I love to write too.
- I hate girly colours like light pink and blue.
- I watch a lot of TV…I mean a lot!
- I get completely lost in a craft/fabric stores.
- I hate routines.
- I am home bird, I prefer to hang around at home rather than heading out into the city.
Here’s Divya’s Project:
Repurposed Jewelry – Gold Spiral Pendant
India’s love of gold is legendary and every Indian woman longs for a special piece of gold jewelry that is distinctly hers… For me it is a coiled pendant. Ever since I saw one in the D’damas ad in the mid nineties, I fell in love with it. So when I finally learned how to make jewelry I decided to make my own design of a Spiral-coiled pendant with lengths of shiny chain. This project is perfect to utilize all the bits of chain that you have leftover from your other projects.
- A long gold chain(those cabled – close looped ones are good- the size of your pendant will depend on the length of your chain – so choose accordingly)
- Clear glue (I use fevibond – it sticks fast and the bond is really good)
- A piece of fabric felt – in flesh/skin colour
- Some jump rings (I used 3 apart from the one that was already attached to the chain)
- Any other matching chain or cord to string the pendant on
- It is an effectively simple process. Fold the chain in two and lay it out after removing the clasp(leave the jump ring on) to make sure it is flat without any turns and knots.
- Now lay it as is on a piece of felt. (I prefer to cut the felt only after sticking down the chain..its much easier that way). Make sure that the strands are always parallel to each other.
- Apply a dab of glue in the centre, hold the chain in place (with pliers or your hand) and start twirling the chain in the glue. Now you have got the centre of the pendant.
- Apply a concentric trail of glue and continue to twirl the strands strictly one at a time. If you turn both strands together, you’ll lose the shape and there will be gap in the middle.
- Keep twirling till you come to the end of the chain where there is (or you have pre-attached) a jump ring.
- Let it dry for at least an hour.
- Cut off the extra felt around the pendant as carefully as possible (the glue would have hardened your pendant by now) and set it aside for some time. Then add as many jump rings as your want (I added 3) to make a good bail.
- For all purposes you pendant is ready.
- Now you can string it to a piece of heavy braided cord or multiple cords or like me on another chain and you can keep changing it as per your mood