Friday, June 28, 2013

Make your own half-pearls - Tutorial

Hello All,

This post may sound specific to Indian crafters but essentially can be used by crafters anywhere. In India, I find it particularly difficult to find large half pearls. In Pune, I still haven't been able to locate one single source. And besides, their colours are limited. So, what do I do? :D Make my own pearls, obviously! ;) Necessity is the mother of invention, after all! :D :D

Here is a picture tutorial.

Materials used:

1. Children's colour palette (available for Rs. 6 in Venus Traders, Pune). It should be easily available practically everywhere!
2. Air-dry clay (I bought mine from Panduro Hobby in Stockholm but it should be easily available in most stores. M-Seal and Polymer Clay are other options that should work).
3. Fevicryl pearl paints (I have used pearl metallic white here, but feel free to choose from nearly 25 shades available with them). In addition, you can create patterns on top as well! Feel free to experiment.........


These make very exciting flower cores, according to me :) So, whether it is a quilled flower or punch flower, this core will make it very easy for you to choose exactly what shade of the the "pearl" you want in the centre :)

Some follow-up pictures..........you can use a 3D mini-mold to make pearls in a variety of sizes. Like this:


And they end up looking like this (these are crude still, unpainted)



Happy Quilling

Pritesh

PS: If my posts inspire you to create something on similar lines, I feel highly flattered. But please, do respect the effort I take in conceptualizing and executing, please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks for understanding........:-)

20 comments:

Jabaslin Hephzibah said...

Great Idea, thanks for Posting

NĂ¡gela said...


My dear Pritesh,
Incredible!
In my city, in Brazil, it is also very difficult to find material for my work. This creative idea will help many artisans. Thank you!
His work and his creativity always amaze me!
Hugs!

Reusing with Quilling said...

Your are telling about large half pearl,in my place even getting half pearl(leave the size) is impossible !This is going to be very useful.Thanks a lot for sharing !

quilled paper paradise said...

You're always full of ideas! Thank you!

Catherine said...

Great idea Pritesh. U always inspire ppl to create something new... Thank u for sharing...

Hugs
Catherine

Suman Pandit said...

wonderful idea, Pritesh!! Ceramic clay with fevicol is a fantastic option for this as it is so cheap( some 35-40 rs for a KILO) .The dough air dries fast and is light too.
http://www.kalasirjana.blogspot.in/

Shylaashree said...

hey pritesh, I am bit scared, next to Einstein I think they are going to experiment your brain. how many ideas it's triggering :-) jokes apart, u r a real good teacher. thanks for sharing. hugs from adhiraacreations.

Baukje said...

Good idea I will try thanks!
Greetings Baukje
have a good weekend!

Divya S said...

Hey there Pritesh!! lovely idea....will try this...thank you!

Vidisha said...

Hi Pritesh,
Really great idea... this is called creativity.... :)

FALGUNI VIRADIA said...

lovely IDEA....one more store in pune where u can get lot of craft material,is LEADER STATIONERS in aundh,bremhan chowk

Theepz said...

Great Idea!
Thanks for the same:)

Radhika Gambhir said...

hi pritesh!
gud idea .....
if you usually use silver pearls then here s an easy task:
take m-seal and silver dust, as u prepare the m seal dough cover it with silver dust and see the mseal as shiny silver pearl. Also , this will last for years in terms of shine. I use this so often!
Regards
Radhika

Radhika Gambhir said...

hi pritesh!
gud idea .....
if you usually use silver pearls then here s an easy task:
take m-seal and silver dust, as u prepare the m seal dough cover it with silver dust and see the mseal as shiny silver pearl. Also , this will last for years in terms of shine. I use this so often!
Regards
Radhika

Radhika Gambhir said...

Hey Pritesh gud work!
Here s another easy way!
I usually use this:
Take m-seal and silver dust(very cheap)
as you prepare the m seal dough just cover it up or dip it in silver dust and the using silver dust itself make the pearls.
This will make so shiny pearls and their shine lasts for years.
siver dust is far cheaper then pearl colours and are easily available too.
Regards
Radhika

Pily said...

Very good idea!!! Thanks to share!!!
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Arpita Singh said...

Pritesh! It is so easy to fall in love with your talent!

Asha Flowers said...

Hi I saw ur complete profile, too good creativity.i am very happy to visit ur blog. ur art is wonderful! I am a beginner in Quilling. I should really try this.. I love craft. cooking and quilling, but, i started recently. u too can visit my blog..

Asha Flowers said...

Hi i love your art. its amazing!
i too love quilling , but i am a new quiller.

Anonymous said...

Can you please tell me where can i find quilling mini mold in pune?