Terracotta Jewellery making has become so popular these days was totally mesmerised by its rustic beauty .I tried to explore its origin , .I am giving you a brief outline of its origin
. Terracotta is an Italian word that means “cooked earth”. Its history dates back to the Harappa and Mohenjodaro civilization.Terracotta jewellery is one of the oldest forms of jewellery in the world There have been several ornaments like earrings, ear studs, necklaces, pendants, bangles and bracelets found by archaeologists. Clay bangles found in Harappa were coloured and well polished. Many terracotta figurines also have been unearthed that had elaborate depictions of artistic jewellery. The designs were mostly inspired by nature and depicted animals, leaves, flowers and then moved on to traditional motifs and elaborate patterns.
when I started making these jewels I never felt the importance of baking /firing of the jewels .Since firing cannot be done without the help of potter I was struck at this point then one day i tried baking it in microwave oven.for 5 mnts ,But I was very scared to try second time since the steel hooks are inserted in the jewels there is every chance of blasting.At this point of time I wanted to attend a class so that they will tell me the secret of home baking,But then one friend suggested that I try on my own which gave me more confidence in me to explore further.
I found one old oven in the house and tried .At a time u can bake about a handful of beads and pendents but gets done in 5 mnts.Since my aim is for gifting purpose it works fine for me.There are other ways also for home baking.You can try in electric coil stove,With sand ,With saw-dust etc.
I had used decorative stamping technique for the above pendents.
Assorted jhumkas and earrings
This peacock pendents are most sought for terracotta designers I have seen in many forums/groups students asking whether they teach peacock pendent or not .so I too tried my hand at this terracotta jewellery.
You can visit here http://www.lifechilli.com/bake-terracotta-clay-jewelry-home/
.Ms.Jessna jamal is the first one to spill the bean of terracotta baking.Thank you Ms Jamal.For enligtening with a wonderful article on home baking!
I thank my friends who had 101% confidence in me.Otherwise I wouldn't have tried.This post on terracotta would never
be possible without their encouragement