Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello readers, thanks for coming back to join me. This week, I have been fighting off the jet lag and making bits and bobs to take to the fair next weekend. While I was doing this, I put together a couple of necklaces and as I wove the repetitive weave that went into the torque necklace I shall show you a bit later, I went into a mild trance like state where I thought about the reasons why a girl absolutely needs her statement jewellery.
Imagine waking up to Fiesta of a morning - I know the statement jewellery virgins out there are having a collective shudder, as they read this. 'OMG, OMG - who on earth would dare to wear that,' you're thinking. Go on, admit it. But, as your ague becomes more pronounced, remember that you wouldn't be reading this blog if you didn't secretly envy women who can carry it off and wish you could too (or, you're one of these women who likes to spook themselves silly on horror movies, one eye shut with the other one fixed on the telly - well, all you have to do is switch channels - now!).
I made this necklace using beads from a load of old canes - they were very labour intensive as I extruded tubes from scrap clay and covered them with a colourful veneer. I then cut them up into manageable lengths and added bead caps in contrasting colours. I made a small bowlful of beads and got two necklaces out of them. With the first one, Fiesta, I used triangular connectors that I salvaged from a vintage Banjara necklace, the second one had simple rectangular connectors and it was named Fiesta Too.
These necklaces are wearable all year round. They are long and will add colour to the drabness of winter, and are bright enough to celebrate the beauty of summer with. A crisp white shirt or a Tee, Fiesta, a touch of lippie and a spray of perfume - who's going to know that you woke up only ten minutes ago and threw yourself into the car? You might even get away with the bedroom eyes and windswept hair, but a word of caution, don't forget to brush your teeth, that's a dead give-away, and damned bad form.
But here's the next point...
I made this piece to keep my hands busy as I got over the jet lag. I wove one flower at a time - one a day, until I was compos mentis enough to weave the torque necklace and attach them to it. Gratifyingly, it was picked up within hours of posting it on my Facebook page and is on it's way to it's new owner as I type.
So, to get back to the eleventeen reasons to wear statement jewellery :-
Signature jewellery gives you an identity as a 'cool' dresser and the confidence boost is instantaneous. We all have days when we feel less than 100% - a piece of jewellery added to your ensemble will give you the necessary Oomph to carry off almost anything - let the mice around you beware!
Look at the picture - both of them are cute, but which one would you want to be when you went to an interview, or a meeting, or lunch with the 'Mwah Mwah' sisterhood? Your choice, but I'd get that jewellery on, quick smart (and I'd wear lippie too, just for belt and braces certainty)!
There you are, I've given you eleventeen reasons why you should be a convert, if you aren't already.
I haven't photographed the earrings and stuff I made for the fair - I will post them on the website once the event is all done and dusted. That's it for this week folks. I'll leave you with a picture of my cat Charlie - he allowed me to take a full frontal head shot of him, but once I'd clicked it, he squeaked and shot off in a minor panic - it's only later I realised I must have looked like Darth Vader to him, behind the telescopic lens of the camera, breathing heavily while I attempted to get the controls right to capture his image. Poor Charlie! Isn't he cute, though?
Catch you next week, same time, same place, have a lovely week
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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