Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello everyone, how are you today? The sun is shining as I type this, and I actually feel like going out - I've spent the last couple of weeks holed up in the house, not doing anything more strenuous than picking through old photographs I collected from my mother's cupboards and remembering old times. Fortunately, I was able to get a couple of weeks off work, thanks to my colleagues and a sympathetic GP, and now it's time to pull myself together and go back on Monday.
In the meantime, I sat in front of the TV and vegged out. Eventually, I picked up the piece of bead embroidery I was working on and decided it was time to put the finishing touches to it.
The piece is heavily influenced by this print of Kandinsky's 'Spitzen im Bogen' or 'Points in the Curve' that hangs on a wall in my living room.
I've often stared at it, wondering how I could use it in a piece of jewellery, when it occurred to me to turn it on it's side and convert it into a necklace.
The pendant can be brought closer to the neck by removing a couple of links in the chain which is very easy to do. The dichroic glass cabochon glows like the centre of a flame, and there are many varied elements in the piece - a dyed howlite donut, rose quartz, dichroic glass, Swarovski crystal rivolis, an amethyst coloured rectangular crystal, and a multitude of Czech and Japanese seed beads. Trying to match Kandinskys sense of colour was going to be impossible, so I just went with my own. I think that's colourful enough, don't you? The pendant back was padded out with felt and covered over with Ultrasuede in a bright pink, to be just as vibrant as the front.
I took photographs of the piece every night before I put my beading tray away and will leave you with a video made from these images.
That's me for this week, folks. Have a wonderful week, and I'll catch you next week, same time, same place.