Jentik Manis | Featured Shop of the Week

This week I would like to introduce you to Ika from Jentik Manis!

Tell us a little bit about yourself
My name is Ika. I'm originally from Indonesia. But, my shop and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I'm a software engineer by day and beader by night (also on weekends and public holidays... har..har..har...)

Meet the beautiful Ika - owver of Jentik Manis

What made you want to start Jentik Manis
I was feeling depressed in 2013 but I had no idea why. As time goes on, I realised that I had no life outside of work. So, I gave knitting and crocheting a try. Then, quickly I decided that they're definitely not for me. After that, I got a few strands of glass pearls to make a bracelet ...and oh boy, I became addicted to it and just couldn't stop making more. I got more beads, books and did online research for resources. Before I know it, beads were taking over my room and I made more jewellery than what I could keep. So, I started my Etsy shop in November 2014.

Where did the idea for the name Jentik Manis come from
Jentik Manis is an Indonesian sweet mostly popular in Java Island usually found in traditional market and road side food. It is pudding with sago scattered through it, like beads scattered in a little box. Jentik manis is my favourite sweet. Most importantly, the name reminds me of home.

Tell us about the products you sell and your processes
I love flowers and carnival. Most of my jewellery is floral inspired or has bright colours. I recently got engaged to the love of my life (yay!) so, I started to make wedding jewellery too.

I design my jewellery by deciding the focal part first. After, I know which focal beads/ parts I want, then I design around it by drawing a simple sketch. I suck at drawing so I opt for a simple sketch and work with lining up beads on my bead board. This allows me to get a feelings of what the finished piece will look like.

I got the woman sketch figure from "The Beader's Guide to Jewelry Design" by Margie Deeb. I highly recommend this book to all beaders and non beaders who love to mix and match their clothing and jewellery. This book discusses colour harmony, shapes, relationship between jewellery and the body, etc.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have been given in regards to Jentik Manis
I've received alot of useful advice. But, if I have to choose one, I'd have to choose "Don't wait until the perfect idea fall from the sky. If you have an idea, just do it!" This was the force that made me opened up my Etsy shop. My shop is nowhere near perfect. Frankly speaking, I'm embarrassed with some of the pictures and item descriptions. Though, it is not perfect, I got my first customer last December, which was amazing! I was greatly encouraged by it and boosted my self confidence. Someone somewhere liked my work enough to give money for it. If I hadn't opened up the shop, I would have never experienced this. So, don't wait up, you won't know until you try! :)  

What do you love most about Jentik Manis
I must say that I love the creative part of it. I love to design jewellery, how different colours combines into different feelings. For example, brown, honey, dark orange, green and red feels like autumn; whereas bright colours feels like summer/ cheerfulness. I also love designing custom made jewellery. I enjoy exploring people's personalities and translating them into a piece of jewellery.

Tell us where we can find out more about you and Jentik Manis
You can find me here:

Instagram: @jentikmanis

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