Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello readers, welcome to this week's story from Caprilicious Jewellery. I've been playing with polymer clay, as we slowly recover from my poor hubby's bout of food poisoning - I use the word 'we' advisedly, as I suffered seriously and vicariously, along with him. However, all is well now, and I am back, and ready to play.
My 'Tribal Bling' line was entirely depleted during my recent exhibition - not one of the necklaces came back with me. The pendants are from Afghanistan and the ladies in India seemed to love them. The USP of these necklaces is that I make all the beads myself, so all of them are undoubtedly one of a kind with a fusion look that will go with both ethnic and bohemian western clothing.
I recently had a few more pendants delivered and set out to make beads to go with them. I deliberately made them bright and cheerful - a mood elevator around your neck. I want the wearer to get an instant lift as soon as these pieces come out of their wardrobes.
I also made faux Tibetan mala beads, making a veneer out of red and black clay and gold foil. I antiqued the beads with a needle tool and white pastel chalks and cured them. I then dipped them in liquid clay on a wooden skewer and attacked them with a heat gun to get a shiny but antique effect. I think they look pretty authentic, and loads of people messaged me on Facebook to ask how they were made. This collage is for them. If anyone wants further clarification, you know where I am.
Pale Moon Rising
An agate druzy cabochon, dyed in a delectable shade of peach is the focal piece for this necklace. I set it in wire lace and embellished it with onyx and freshwater pearls. The plan was to add a few more rows of beads beneath the pearls, but something made me stop - and I think the pendant is just perfect as it is. I strung it on a kyanite necklace - this gemstone always reminds me of silvery moonlight, and a few pale green hand carved jade butterflies flit around, making this a very pretty piece, indeed.
Dancing in the Dark
These two pendants are very similar and I used my polymer clay beads to make a couple of very jazzy pieces. They certainly bring a smile to my face and I'm sure they will be loved by their eventual owner - whoever she may be.
These can be worn just as well with a saree, as with a white shirt/tunic, jeans and wild hair! A very high visibility, bohemian look indeed and guaranteed to have you dancing in the dark.
That's all I have for you, readers - have a fabulous week, and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place
I'm Neena Shilvock, and I'm crazily addicted to jewellery. I've been designing and making quirky and interesting statement necklaces for the last five years and my passion hasn't cooled off one little bit - in fact it has got worse, such that I'm even dreaming jewellery.
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