Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello all, and how are you today? It's now only 75 days to Christmas and I have so many pieces of jewellery to make, gifts for Christmas, both for Caprilicious and for friends and family, as well as pieces for a show planned for February in Bangalore. In between times, the day job remains hectic and I appear to be doing a lot of work related travel, especially in November.
I've been collecting beads left over from previously made pieces and orphan beads for a while now, and decided that they needed to be used up - the bag was getting too full. Since they are left overs, the necklaces will be priced inexpensively and will be suitable for gifts, and of course, for yourself - why not? It would be rude not to at these prices.
I had a couple of days off at the beginning of the week and took photographs of what I call the 'Last but not the Least' necklaces and posted them at the bottom of the wire and gemstone necklace page thinking that I'd announce their arrival today. However, an eagle eyed magpie of a Caprilicious woman actually found them before I had a chance to tell anyone about them and snaffled one. I will have more on the website as the weeks go by and I use up all my orphans. The last necklace in these pictures is the one that has sold, in case you're wondering.
I'm enjoying embroidery with beads almost as much as wire work - which is something I never thought I'd say. The ability to make something from almost nothing, like a conjuring act, really appeals to me and I endeavour to learn something new, however small in each piece I make. This next piece incorporates square Tila beads from the Czech Republic which have two holes - I've had them for ages and decided it was about time I used them. I made three pieces, using extremely flashy pieces of hand carved labradorite - I originally meant to put them together in a square pendant with a few more elements included to make up the gaps. However, I realised that no matter how I placed them, the piece resembled a face with two eyes and a mouth so I abandoned this design in favour of a long pendant. It is extremely difficult to photograph as it is impossible to focus on one part of it without another looking all blurry. My photographic skills most definitely are not up to the task. I see this worn with black or white linen or silk, both during the day or night. It has been hung on a beaded necklace, but can be slipped off and put on a cord of the wearers choice.
I've added another tutorial to the website - this time for the use of Pebeo Paint and resin on polymer clay - the project is called Molten Lava Earrings and I have some already made up on the earrings page if you fancy having a look. The tutorial was in the Artisan Jewellery Times, which is no longer in publication. I didn't want these tutorials to be lost forever, especially as they might help someone who is starting out with clay - my projects are easy and fun to try.
That's me for this week, folks. Have a wonderful week, and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.