Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello people, how are you? Our ordeal is almost at an end now, with the lockdown in the UK set to be seriously relaxed on the 12th of April. People - well, sensible people anyway, have had their vaccinations, knowing that the risk benefit ratio is loaded against those who choose not to get their jabs. However, travel is still prohibited, and unless one can furnish a good enough reason a fine of £5000 is likely to be involved (ouch!). I have no plans to go anywhere till the end of August, and who knows whether it will actually happen.
I thought it had been ages since I used my kiln, so I made tiny earring components with Art Clay Silver - I didn't put any holes in the components on purpose, as I intend to practice soldering techniques once the weather is warmer so that by the end of the exercise, I shall be an expert. All flame making activity is restricted to the conservatory which has no heating so I can't use it in the winter apart from a bit of photography. I don't want to risk burning the house down though, so summer is when I shall play with my torch.
I finally finished the beetle wing necklace that has taken me ages - I think it was because I did the whole lot in black beads apart from the gold edging. I'm used to loads of colour, texture and shapes and the single colour became a bit monotonous. Here's the piece from its conception to completion.
A few more pictures for you - this necklace is called Belle, the beautiful green wings of the jewellery beetle could easily be wings from the absinthe fairy, or La Fee.
This is an art nouveau depiction of the Absinthe Fairy by Pearllight studio, a blog written/drawn by a mixed media artist.
Now that lockdown is easing a bit, I had a friend come and visit me and we had some fun taking photographs of her wearing a few pieces by Caprilicious. Rachel is a journalist from India and we met a number of years ago through Caprilicious. I meet up with her every year when I'm in India on holiday and was pleased that I could have her over while she was in the UK at a course. She picked up a few pieces from Caprilicious and we spent a sunny afternoon taking pictures and trying on jewellery.
That's me for today, folks. Have a wonderful week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.