Friday, April 3, 2020

Tree of Life Maang Tikka - Indian Head Accessory

Maang Tikka is a traditional Indian head accessory which was traditionally worn for the first time by a bride on her wedding day. It is essentially a centrepiece that is hooked on to the hairdo with a chain. Placed on the centre parting, the chain ensures that the drop pendant gracefully sits on her forehead. However, now this is worn in a fashionable/trendy manner and no longer just as a traditional piece. With changing times the traditional piece has been given a new and different look for sure !! I for one being a Tree of Life addict, had to try creating a Tree of Life Maang Tikka. Then I thought of giving it a totally different look by using copper wire to wire wrap it. Of late, I have become a fan of malachite gemstones. (Malachite is a gemstone which absorbs negative energies and pollutants, picking them up from the atmosphere and from the body. Guards against radiation and clears electromagnetic pollution. Malachite cleans and activates the chakras and attunes to spiritual guidance. It opens the heart to unconditional love.) I decided to go with malachite gemstone chips. I thought the green of the malachite and the copper went perfectly. What do you think?

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Tree of Life gemstone wire wrapped Pendants

Well I definitely have some AWESOME news to share!!

I was pleasantly surprised(as this was not at all expected)when I got a mail congratulating me that my blog ARTantana had been selected as one of the Top 30 Australian Lifestyle Bloggers on the web. WOW!! Definitely a very HAPPY me!! So much motivated to be back in bloggerland again :)
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Now continuing with my post here is something very close to my heart(too many things are close to my heart LOL!!)

Who doesn't love the Tree of Life?

Multiple cultures have different mythologies involving the Tree of Life. References to the symbol have been found in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Iran, Ancient Mesopotamia and Urartu, and many more places. The symbol was widely recognized and used in ancient cultures so it is difficult to pinpoint its exact origins and how it spread throughout the world. Tree of Life Symbolism in different cultures.

Christianity - The Tree of Life is mentioned in the Bible in the Book of Genesis. It is the tree that grows within the Garden of Eden and is the source of eternal life. There are several meanings behind the Tree of Life symbol in Christianity. Some believe it to be the symbol of humanity free from corruption and sin, while others believe it to represent love. The tree is believed to have healing properties and its fruit grants immortality.

Hinduism - the Tree of Life, is depicted by the Eternal Banyan tree, a metaphor for hope.

Buddhism - the Tree of Life is known as the Bhodi-tree and is believed to be the Tree of Enlightenment. It was under this tree that Buddha reached enlightenment so it is seen as a very sacred symbol.

Celtic Beliefs - The Tree of Life is still a prominent symbol in the Celtic beliefs and is depicted in multiple forms. They believe the roots represent the ‘other world’, the trunk represents the mortal world and connects the roots and branches, and the branches represent the world above, or the heavens.

Islam - The Tree of Life is known as the Tree of Immortality in the Quran. It appeared in Eden and is the tree from which Adam and Eve ate after Allah had forbidden them from doing so.

The joy of wire wrapping these Tree of Life pendants adding gemstone chips or just a single pearl is so satisfying. They have been my best sellers so far!!
A Natural Indian Agate gemstone chips Tree of Life pendant wire wrapped in Silver (non tarnish silver plated) wire.

A Purple Pearl Moon wire wrapped silver(non tarnish silver plated) Tree of Life pendant.
A turquoise gemstone chips Tree of Life wire wrapped Pendant in silver(non tarnish silver plated)
A green gemstone chips Tree of Life Pendant wire wrapped with copper(non tarnish) wire
A Natural Fluorite gemstone chips Tree of Life wire wrapped in copper (non tarnish)wire.
A Yellow Moon Pearl Tree of Life pendant wire wrapped in copper(non tarnish) wire.

A beautiful sunny day Diya(my daughter) and I choose to take some pictures with the Tree of life.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Wish you all an awesome day!!


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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Handmade Jewelry - my gemstone wire wrapped pendant

Been a very long long time since I visited bloggerland. Just been so caught up and the laziness in me has not allowed me time to be here. Hopefully am back now.

Since I was last here I have been doing a few creative things that have made me ''HAPPY". I say happy because at this age I guess it is only happiness that matters (atleast that's what I think :))
Relocation has never taken me so long to settle before. Here I am after almost 2 and 1/2 years still trying to settle down. The girls are growing way to fast.

At times it's a lonely feeling here and at times you feel just fine..mixed feelings maybe.
Between all this I started my tiny handmade jewelry business with just earrings and beads moving on to bracelets and neckpieces. However I was still not satisfied.
I kept searching the net for something that I would really like to try out. And then I came across some wire wrapping images and they really fascinated me! I kept wondering how they were made and kept searching and finally I came across Nicole Hanna. Nicole Hanna Jewelry

OMG!! I just went crazy when I saw her work. It was just amazing and I started following her work and free tutorials (I am so bad at following instructions that I always land up nowhere near the finished product in the tutorial).

So I ordered my wires online from Over The Rainbow and couldn't wait for them to arrive. I also ordered some gemstones since I was already making gemstone bracelets. I made my first wire wrapping pendant  in December last year but didn't have the guts to try out Nicole Hanna's work as it seemed so difficult. So I decided to try out Oxana Crafts tutorial which was just perfect for  a beginner like me. (I love trying out new things and that too with so much confidence that my girls always make fun of me. But that's just thee way I am!!) My first ever wire warp copper pendant using a Crazy Lace Agate Bead. I loved the way it turned out .What do you think about my first try?

Then I realized how easy it is to follow her tutorial. It was very simple and easy to understand though as usual I couldn't follow all the way but still very happy how it turned out.

I caught hold of my elder daughter Diya(who loves photography but dislikes clicking my photos so I need to bribe her at and take some pictures.

This is how my journey into wire wrapping started and I have become a BIG fan of Nicole Hanna. Not only do I love her work but for the amazing person that she is(we have the FB Live chats). She is so full of positivity and creativity!!What an inspiration she is to others and at the same time I love her sense of humour.

Then I become a wire wrapping addict...I try out more tutorials from the net and some slowly try to create some on my own.

I have friends ordering for them and sure feel happy that they find homes where handmade creations are valued more and these are all created with so much passion and love.

Here are a few of them. The orange ceramic is from  Kelly Jones tutorial.


I used a Kelly Jones Tutorial (with some changes) for this orange ceramic donut copper wire wrapped pendant.

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