Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello folks, how are you doing today? I'm very excited today as I have a finished piece to show off - it was commissioned by a lady in Bangalore and I thought I should finish it early although I'm only hoping to go there in February.
It started off with beautiful handmade glass poppy beads that came from Rostovskaya Oblast in Russia, and resin roses and evolved into a beautiful piece of jewellery that I am pretty proud of. I used the blue beads in 'Rhapsody in Blue', which you can see on the website if you follow the link. These pieces are difficult to make, because they take so long - painstakingly sewing the beads on one by one with thread that seems to have a mind of its own, doing its best to thwart me at every turn by getting itself tangled with the beads already sewn on, or knotting itself in spite of a load of beeswax being rubbed onto it. However, the result is so 'WOW!' that it's worth all the effort, in my opinion.
The lady wanted it narrower that the other one's I've made previously and I have complied with her request - I just hope she likes it. It's always an anticlimactic moment when a large piece of jewellery is finally finished and photographed - there's a slight depression and a feeling of apprehension that I may never get another idea again - a 'now what?' feeling. It usually passes after a couple of days when I spy something lurking in my stash or something arrives in the post, so I don't think I should be worried - however, bad habits are hard to break.
It has always been my mission to make beautiful objects with just a few elements. I try to use just a few expensive items in any single piece, in an effort to make jewellery that appeals to everyone who likes to wear a statement, and to keep costs low so that I can pass it on to the people who like my jewellery. I guess it's more challenging than when there is a spread of precious metal, expensive cabochons and faceted stones to pick from, but I prefer to take a couple of simple bits and bobs and create something intricate using as much skill as I can muster up and then some.
It gives me so much happiness when a piece is finished and someone actually likes it enough to pick it off my shelves. I don't tend to take on commissions unless they are for people who pick up my pieces regularly - it is a joy to create for them as I know there is pleasure on both sides of the equation.
That's me for now folks. Have a wonderful week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.