Pritesh Dagur - Jadau Jewelry

Pritesh Dagur - Jadau Jewelry

January 05, 2019

Jadau (a Hindi word for 'inlaid') is an ancient and intricate Art form, believed to have been brought to India during the Mughal invasion. Over time though, India has embraced the Art form and is practiced largely in the Westerns states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Original Jadau work is done using gold and diamonds and can be quite painstaking to create. A recreation in polymer clay, however, is a lot more accessible. This tutorial attempts to create the splendor of Jadau style of jewellery making, using polymer clay, mica powders and Swarovski crystals. Step by step, very intricate patterns can be created.

Pritesh Dagur - Pritesh, a scientist by training and an artist by passion,  has worked with one medium or the other nearly all her life. After finishing a PhD in Chemistry, she saw her calling in application of her science knowledge to Art. After working extensively with paper quilling and layered paper, polymer clay happened rather by accident than anything else. For past 4 years, she's been working with clay, largely focussed on coming up with new techniques. Residing in Bangalore (India), she has a Team of equally dedicated and talented artists working with her at Art'zire, her design studio.                 www.facebook.com/Artzire

Materials:
  • A glass piece (to work on)
  • Premo! Sculpey® Gold and Black clays
  • Pencil (for tracing)
  • Fine tip knife
  • Clay smoother (Silicone brush or metal smoother tool)
  • Fine tip paint brush (synthetic hair, number 0)
  • Fine tip ball tool
  • Needle Tool
  • Circle cutters (Fat Daddio Nesting circle cutters used)
  • Mica powder (Gold), Pearl-Ex Aztec Gold used here
  • Marquise Swarovski crystals (2 mm x 4 mm, 4 mm x 7 mm, Peridot)
  • Kundan stone (optional), Can be replaced by a bail
  • 2.5 mm chaton Swarovski crystals, round, clear diamond
  • 8 mm Bright Gold Pearl Swarovski Pearls (Code: 5810), these can be replaced by any stringing material you might want to use)
  • Stud bases for earrings (rose gold zinc-free alloy stud bases used here)
  • Tiger tail
  • Metal crimps
  • 13/0 and 11/0 black glass seed beads
  • Lobster clasp for the string
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Matt finish glaze (Varathane used here, matte finish, water based)
  • Extruder (Makin’s Professional used here)
Outline - Earrings
Outline - Necklace