Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello readers, how's tricks?? I hope you've all been rocking your statement jewellery on holiday and that all of you are enjoying the summer. I've been nose-to-the-grindstone this week - my holidays are usually in and around winter, when I seek out warmer climes - I love England and my little garden in the summer and it would take something major - like dynamite - to budge me out of here.
This week I discovered a string of Rudraksha beads, waiting patiently in my stash - hoping to be turned into a piece of jewellery one day . I last used them here and here, and if you want to know a bit more about them, do click on the links.
I felt so sorry for the poor darlings, I made two necklaces using the rudraksha beads - one with red and black polymer clay beads made by me and the other without. Since the rudraksha beads are meant to be sacred, I thought the name Ascetica was a good fit. They were made using light alpaca silver and glass pendants from Afghanistan- and are very pretty, as I'm sure you'll agree. One of my clients complained that her last necklace with a pendant from Afghanistan was heavy, so here's a couple of light pieces.
I sent for some vibrant threadwork necklaces from Nepal, and when they arrived, I couldn't resist using one of them straight away - when the parcel opened and the contents spilled out as if from a cornucopia, my eyes grew wide and I wanted to play with all of them, like a child in a sweetie shop. I contented myself with making a pendant using an impression jasper bead wire wrapped in one of Nicole Hanna's designs, and hung it on one of the necklaces - it suits it down to a T. The whole effect brightens the mood of the wearer, like a sunshiny day.....................
While I was looking for beads for Ascetica, I found some tiny beads I made ages ago- they were pinched by my house elf and then thrown back at me in disgust when he realised he didn't know what to do with them - they were found at the bottom of the wrong pile, in the wrong drawer - that's how I knew it was his doing - I am of course so tidy, it couldn't possibly be my fault!
Anyway, before they went walkabout again, I made them up into earrings, took their picture and put them in a box reserved for earrings - so take that, malign house elf! Kapow ****! The beads were made with leftover cane from a technique made popular by Bettina Welker, and to me they look like Morse Code - would you agree??
Blueberry Kisses - xoxo
Frosted purple Czech glass beads that have been in my stash for over a year found their way into a necklace this week. I still find it weird that I can look at a bead for the longest time and not know what to do with it, and then Wham! the idea just arrives and takes over - if I didn't know better I would have said I am like a woman possessed - well perhaps I am, by my muse! Anyway, I thought I'd put them together with some Nepalese brass beads I received in the same package as the threadwork necklaces, but a string of gold glass beads had other ideas and stubbornly clung to my arm till I agreed to use them - and I am glad I did, they raise the necklace from being merely pretty into something special.
I used all the beads I had, and the necklace grew into a ten stranded beauty, that looks and feels substantial.
And that's all I had time for this week folks, I must go and play with my little kittens now. Have a fabulous week, and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place,
I'm Neena Shilvock. and I'm crazily addicted to jewellery. I've been designing and making quirky and interesting statement necklaces for the last five years and my passion hasn't cooled off one little bit - in fact it has got worse, such that I'm even dreaming jewellery.
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