Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Galore of Rajasthani Wooden Handicrafts


Rajasthan, the state in India is a hub of Indian handicrafts. The state in itself has a rich culture and tradition which boosts it all the more for creating beautiful native handicrafts. Rajasthan's wood craft is specially famous for its distinct designs and art form.

A very popular wooden handicraft of this particular Indian State is the puppet. Wooden puppets form an integral part of the Rajasthani handicrafts. Long strings are attached to these figures which are then made to dance and move by a storyteller by pulling the strings in different ways. It is a native way of telling a story and is extensively used for entertaining travelers and kids visiting Rajasthan.

The wooden handicrafts of this state are characteristically very colorful which carry intricate craftsmanship too. Wooden candle holders, toys, blinds, jewelry box, decoratives etc. are extensively manufactured Rajasthan. Interestingly, sandal wood is quite often used in the manufacturing of these artifacts. Desert caravans crafted out of sandalwood are an attractive show piece item from this place. In fact, key chains, trinklet boxes etc. made up of fragrant sandalwood are extremely popular all over the world.

Handicrafts from Rajasthan are not just restricted to show pieces or gift articles rather its creative horizons have expanded to influence furniture and furnishings too. Brass sheet inlaid wooden furniture are a signature style of this particular state. Besides, people also love to flaunt wooden trays and coasters on their dining table which are exclusively handcrafted by skilled artisans of this state.Though Rajasthani handicrafts are easily available in markets yet for every handicraft lover, Rajasthan is indeed a must visit destination.

For detailed information about various wooden decoratives like wooden coasters, click here.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Alphabet Beaded Jewelry: The Latest Trend


Alphabet beads jewelry are a favorite among teenagers these days. The trendy bead jewelery carrying the names, initials or a special message seem to go with all kinds of hip and casual dresses. The same alphabetical bead jewelry becomes all the more interesting if one makes it on his or her own. With a couple of crafty things like seed beads, crimps, beading thread and of course the alphabetical beads, one can easily make smart beaded jewelry.

To know how to make a alphabetic beaded bracelet, click here.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Making Gothic Metal Bead Jewelry


Metal bead jewelry is quite in trend these days. The grunge Gothic look of these metal bead jewelry are counted amongst the highly fashionable accessories. The same metal bead jewelry becomes all the more special if it is handcrafted yourself. Here is a step by step procedure to make a metal bead jewelry at home. Such handcrafted jewelry can be perfect for gifting purposes or for making a fashion statement too. Check it out:

Materials Needed

Beading wire (.018 gauge)
Closure clasp
2 crimp beads
Glass beads
Needle-nosed pliers
Wire cutters


Step 1
First of all decide the length of the necklace and add at least two inches more to it. The extra margin in the string is taken to provide a comfortable tying.

Step 2
Cut the same length of wire as decided and measured in step one.

Step 3
Now, put a crimp bead into the wire from one end.

Step 4
Now as for the closure clasp, thread the wire within the loop of one half of the closure clasp. Any of the two halves can be used as it does not matter much.

Step 5
The next thing one need to do, is to pass the wire through the crimp bead and pull the wire tautly to secure the bead in between.

Step 6
Now with the help of needle-nosed pliers, chuck off any kind of excess wire sprouting out of the crimped crimp bead.

Step 7
Think of a nice layout to arrange the beads and start putting in the glass beads and the metal beads in the string forming the desired pattern.

Step 8
Keep on adding the beads until the wire is filled with it. Once done, add the second crimp bead onto the wire and as done earlier, thread the wire through the loop of the other half of closure clasp and repeat the 5th and 6th step accordingly. You are ready with a metal bead necklace.

For information and designs about metal beads, click here.