The Trend of Terracotta Jewellery
Terracotta is a type of fired clay used for designing jewellery and idols. Terracotta jewellery is made from such clay based material with reddish color on the texture, being sculptured in various styles. Though clay is the key element, creativity takes the lead to craft the beauty in terracotta jewellery. Despite the festive occasions and ceremonies, this has been the top most choice for every lady as an ornament. The list is just ceaseless to explain the creativity in terracotta jewellery designing because they are pristine and impervious to water after the finishing touch.
Potters are carrying the professional legacy for generations with dedication. They normally mold the lump of clay and bake it to terracotta, which is being used for home-decor and kitchen. Some of them source clay material locally and start crafting it in the possible varieties. Today, people have established a craze on clay jewellery, trending in the market.
The process for handcrafting a perfect terracotta jewellery sounds simple but technically it is a tough job. However, jewellery making with clay is becoming a stress buster for homemakers and working women. It also signifies that jewellery making can be done with some regular items available in the market. What can bring the happiness in designing a piece for someone with our own hands? In simple language, it is priceless.
If we are planning to bring a detailed look to the jewellery by ourselves, these tools are mandatory to pick.
- Lump of clay
- Greased molding tray of different sizes/shapes
- Shape cutters
- Rolling pin
- Greased non-stick/ceramic plate greased
- Nichrome wire roll and cutter
- Back threads for neck piece(s)
- Baking pot
It’s time to get the hands dirty!
Apply some oil to the palms, take a lemon sized lump of clay and roll into a smooth ball. Take the greased non-stick/ceramic plate, put this clay ball on it, and spread it evenly with a rolling pin on a flat surface. Flip it often to avoid messing with the clay. Pick some shape cutter(s) of your choice, and carefully cut the clay spread. Similarly, stuff some clay lumps in the mold tray and remove the unwanted clay. Also, make some tiny clay beads, if needed. With the help nichrome wire, carefully make an insertion to the beads and shape them together. Add some impressions like curves, lines or simple dots on the piece.
Let it dry for at least 24 hours.
Take a baking pot with fire using coal/wood and put the dried jewellery cautiously into the pot. Let them expose to the fire for few hours and take them out once cooled. Depending upon the requirement, one can team up different shapes/sizes and categorize them as daily wear, antique, ethnic, & formal wear respectively. Start detailing on the readied piece with colorful acrylics, tiny beads, and artificial gemstones. From personal perspective, terracotta jewellery is less prone to allergies, which is the best part of the whole story.