Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello all, how are you? Less than a week left to Christmas, and I hope everyone is ready for the big day. I've spent the week packing parcels, writing cards and distributing gifts like a demented Mrs Claus - and it is all done and dusted bar Christmas dinner - for which I still have to shop! Ah well, there are still five days to go and I'm sure we can codge something together. I finish work at the day job on Tuesday afternoon and I am already looking forward to a bit of peace and quiet.
I wanted to use a string of chisel shaped agate beads in a necklace that I've been saving for a special moment. The agate beads are rugged and have a wild beauty that reminds me of the jagged rocks around the coast of Cornwall or the Blue Grotto off the coast of Capri. I wanted to contrast the masculinity of the agate with a feminine, frothy, frilly pendant and spent a long time looking for the perfect piece but then realised that I'd be better off making my own.
I wrote about the beginnings of the piece last week, here, and can now present the finished necklace.
The smooth ceramic beads from Greece, the rugged, masculine agate chisels and the feminine, frilly pendant - a necklace of delightful contrasts, colour and texture.
Toni Ballard, from the Mitchell Gallery in Warwick where I displayed my jewellery until they closed their physical gallery, contacted me to request a pair of earrings to match a turquoise necklace she purchased last year. I was a bit sceptical as didn't think I could match the blue of the turquoise in her necklace to any earrings I might make without the necklace in front of me to ensure a perfect colour comparison. I picked a design by Nicole Hanna and made the wire the predominant feature, using small turquoise beads. I put it in the post and held my breath - two days later I had a reply from Toni - she loved the earrings and I could breathe again. She will send me pictures, she promises, and I will share them with you when she does.
I've been playing with wire and beads, and have a half finished piece, which should be ready for the blog next week. Have a fabulous Christmas, won't you, relax and have a load of fun with family and friends.
Feliz Navidad from Caprilicious and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.
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