Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello all you lovely people, how are you? I've been relaxing at home - I haven't gone out for the entire week, apart from the one foray into Sainsbury's to do the weekly shop on Saturday. I'll say one thing for mask wearing - you don't have to bother with make up! Anyway, hopefully our crazy, uneasy existence with masking and distancing will grind down to a slow halt at the end of this long tunnel. I hope that those of you who have been offered the vaccine have gone out and had it. I've had my first dose of the Pfizer jab with no problems at all to report, and the next one is mid March. Hubby has had his too, the Astra Zeneca one this time with no side effects either, and he has to wait till April for his second dose.
I've been prepping for the Earrings Show on Saturday/ Sunday - 27th/28th - it starts at 830 pm on the 27th, so if you can come along and support my act, please do - just click on the link or look for The Earrings Show on Facebook. This time, I've got plenty of new bead woven pieces, and they are an inexpensive yet colourful way to brighten up your outfit. I have spent a small part of each evening embroidering the new necklace I've been working on since last week - Woodland Fantasy sans lizards. A few more flowers and I'll be ready to work on some leaves.
And here are my earrings, all photographed and ready for the Earrings Show - tell me what you think. Would you wear them? If not, why not? If you like them, what is it that attracts you? I'd love to know for future reference.
The last pair were made with faceted onyx and Japanese Tensha beads - Tensha beads are handcrafted beauties, each individually made and are imported all the way from Japan. Each bead features an intricate decorative pattern of flowers, or swirling feathers. The patterns are very precise, and are actually housed within the bead - this makes the bead very durable and resistant to the scratches of wear and tear. The word Tensha means to transfer. Each delicate design is carefully placed on top of a durable acrylic round, then fully lacquered with another layer of crystal clear acrylic to protect the beautiful art from abrasion. Tensha beads are believed to have originally been created as a substitute for more traditional porcelain beads, as porcelain was harder to work with, took longer to paint, and was far more fragile. Tensha beads are made of a special acrylic that makes them lightweight. They are also provide an easier canvas so the artist can transfer even more detailed imagery without fear of loosing elements of the design in the process. I saw them used in a necklace on Pinterest and hunted them down for Caprilicious - I didn't want to swamp the detail on the beads with loads of other design elements and the earrings may be relatively simple, but they are simply beautiful and ever so light.
That's me for now, folks. Have a good week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.