Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello folks, gee willikins, what a wonderful week we've had! I've never seen anything like it, where there has been day after day of golden sunshine, warmth on the old bones and summer seems to have taken off like a rocket. Of course, now that I've said it, there are thunderstorms forecast for next week, but I think the gardens will sigh with relief.
I've spent a lot of time outdoors, watering the garden, pulling the weeds and generally ensuring that my plants stay alive. Consequently I haven't had time to go into the conservatory and play with my torch and bash out a bit of fold forming on my anvil.
The idea of writing this blog is that it serves as a gallery of my designs. Sporadically, people discover them and ask if I could make a similar piece. This year, a piece called the Sorcerers Apprentice has taken people's imagination and I have been asked to remake the piece twice over. As the beads are handmade, the necklace can never be the same as the original, just similar. Just now the beads above, made at the weekend are not technically 'beads' as they have yet to have holes put through them, they also need sanding and buffing before they can be made up into a necklace. This one is destined for a friend and customer in India.
I bought a beautiful Nepalese Ghau box, with loads of scroll work and filigree wire all over it. It is pretty large, and I think it was originally meant for a man. Faux beeswax amber beads, turquoise dyed magnesite heishi beads and little red beads are held together by a beautiful moss agate box clasp. The ghau is a box meant for carrying small reliquaries and prayers and of course if you need it, can be used as a pill box for when you travel afar and require medication later on in the day.
Bright and sunny to reflect the weather, this necklace can be worn with Eastern dress, but far more effectively with Lagenlook clothes, bohemian outfits or even in the neck of a simple white shirt and jeans. I love the picture opposite - the lady is so stylish and sophisticated. Iris Apfel and friends have done a lot to make this style of bohemian jewellery popular and it totally chimes with my sense of colour and requirement for bold and beautiful jewellery.
This week is a short post folks, as between the weather and garden and the day job I've been too busy to play with beads and baubles. I'll have more for you next time, have a great week and see you next Friday, same time, same place.