Maitri — Handmade Terracotta Jewelry

Maitri, Terracotta jewelry — Maitri … the Sanskrit word means, Relation, and goodness! It best shows our desire to be associated with Nature and its rustic products, made by the most natural way … by hands!

At Maitri Crafts, we work with various groups of women artisans and make beautiful terracotta jewelry by transforming riverbed clay into colorful and spectacular pieces of accessory. Though the process is time-consuming and involves detailed and intricate work, the resultant product is a form of art jewelry which is natural, subtle, eco-friendly, nontoxic, decomposable and recyclable. The potential of the product in today’s scenario is very high since the end product is very classy and elegant form of jewelry.

Handicrafts are a mark of golden history of our country. Maitri is a small step towards the upliftment of these artisans and craftsmen, who create magic with their hands, to give them a platform to showcase their expertise using old skills and traditional arts. These all are Products Available on

How our craft help the local community?

Handmade products always give joy and contentment to the artisan and help to enhance self-confidence in them. It helps reducing stress since the artisans put their energy into something constructive, every time they make something. Crafting also helps retain generation old traditional skills, to make high quality, eco-friendly and exclusive products. It supports the local economy by providing rural employment, financial security and economic freedom to the artisans, most of whom are women (especially in this craft).

When you make or buy a handmade product, you realize the worth and effort that goes behind it and that helps you value the resources and facilities you have around you. It helps in keeping the environment green, as the carbon footprint of a handmade product is less. Last, but not the least, handmade products always provide sustainable livelihood to the artisans.” Maitri, Terracotta jewelry

How to Make Maitri, Terracotta Jewelry

Making terracotta jewelry is very exciting as well as easy. You can make terracotta jewelry at home also using natural clay & some basic tech. We will guide you step by step in making a jewel piece.

Knead the clay well until it becomes smooth while applying oil on your palms in order to avoid the stickiness of the clay on your palms.

When all the beads are made, enter the pins with very light. Remember the terracotta clay jewelry is very delicate so while making them you want to pay extra care with pins and wires.Maitri, Terracotta jewelry

Using a quilling mold you can make more shapes of different sizes according to your jewelry.

Now place the Eco-friendly terracotta clay in the quilling mold stencil to give it a jhumka shape with an impression on it comes out safely. For making a hole give it a jhumka shape you need to scoop the clay with the help of small scoop or potter’s tool.Maitri, Terracotta jewelry

Now you get the desired umbrella shape for your (jhumka style) earring as you can see in the given picture. Now keep both the round beads with pins inside and the umbrella-shaped jhumka to dry.

Taking both the material together, the tiny round beads and umbrella (jhumka) shape earring. You need to fix them together. As you can see in the pictures the beads are inserted with the pins from one side. Now you have to insert the pins into the base edge of jhumka to fix the tiny balls to it. And give it a beautiful jhumka form.Maitri, Terracotta jewelry

Now again take the terracotta clay making it smooth and flatten the clay on a proper flat surface. By using the cookie cutter or bottle cap cut the desired design for your stud as shown in the picture.

As shown in the picture the leaf shaped stud is cut and given the impression. You can also do the same for making the stud jhumka in any shape.Maitri, Terracotta jewelry

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Now take four pins and insert two pins into the stud from back side making it wearable. And two i.e., one for each stud and fix them from below the stud with the attached bead into the wire.

You get exactly the same thing as shown in the picture by fixing the two pieces of earring together with the help of wire.Maitri, Terracotta jewelry

Taking the two wires that can be of any material but which can hold the two piece of clay together. Cut the wire and insert it’s both the ends making a loop on top of jhumka.

All fixing is done and the study and Jhumka are dried well, now attach the Jhumka to the study very carefully. After which the set can be colored with your favorite colors.Maitri, Terracotta jewelry

Finally, your beautiful stud jhumka earring is ready to wear and match it up with ethnic style clothes.