Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello people, how's tricks? 33 days to the big day now, and I've been so busy making up commissioned pieces of jewellery for people as gifts, I haven't had too much time to build up the Caprilicious jewellery box. The good news is that I've finally finished the Non Brexit Fish necklace ( I will have to find it a better name!) but haven't had the time to take pictures. These will be done by the end of the week and it will be on Instagram and the Caprilicious Facebook page.
I also made up a couple of necklaces but am not too happy with them. When I'm not absolutely happy with a piece, I put it away to look at when I have recovered from the trauma of making it. If I'm not happy at the end, the piece has usually given me trouble either in the engineering or the design and it has been a serious annoyance all the way through.
Another Birdie Necklace
I really went to town making these little birds and this one will be the third in the series this year - I have enough birds for one more and will definitely call it a day - for now, at least.
Making the birds reminds me of childhood, when I played with plasticine and attempted little blobby men and women, whole families of them - it is so much fun to squeeze a little ball of clay and produce a beak and a tail and in the shake of a lambs tail, there's a little bird in my hands. All that is left is to embellish it with flowers and leaves on every available surface and cure a whole flock of them to get a native art sort of feel to any jewellery made with them.
Girl With a Pearl Earring ( a la Caprilicious)
Girl with a Pearl Earring is an oil painting by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, painted in around 1665. Going by various names over the centuries, it became known by its present title after the large pearl earring worn by the girl portrayed there. The work has been in the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague since 1902 and has been the subject of various literary treatments - books, plays, and a movie. It is thought to be one of the ten most famous pictures in the world and voted the most beautiful in the Netherlands by the Dutch public.
I received a string of the most beautiful, luminescent baroque pearls and simply had to make earrings from them - I hung them on stud findings so that they can be worn comfortably in case like me, the wearer has tender ear lobes that are easily torn.
I have discovered these amazing earring backs that support my ear lobes and prevent studs from sagging lifting them up high and tight to look great.
Whether you have earrings with poor support, heavy earrings, stretched ear lobes, or even a bad piercing, these Earring Back Supports will save the day - I have a pair in silver and gold tone and just slide them on instead of the backs that originally came with the earrings - I wasn't able to wear studs for years and years, and now I can! They are available everywhere, and I suggest you buy yourself a pair or two - no, I'm not being paid to endorse these, it is entirely my opinion that they really work. I'm going to look for some to carry on the Caprilicious website and will let you know when they are available.
The surgical steel posts are hypoallergenic and the earrings are pretty and ever so feminine with the little froth of tiny gemstones individually wired to the top. They took ages to make and are quite fiddly - they also cured me of the wire withdrawal pangs I was just beginning to experience, and how!
Where Light Falls
We went to Coventry Cathedral at the weekend to a beautiful though short sound and light show, commemorating the people who worked hard to save the Cathedral from the incendiary bombs in the Second World War. It was pretty cold, and we were wrapped up in hats, scarves, furry boots, winter coats and gloves, with many more layers in between, making us look like a cross between Michelin men and penguins, waddling back and forth between the cathedral and the pubs around it in a vain attempt to get warm. I took a little video of it for the blog, and you, my lovely readers.
That's me for this week, folks, have a fabulous week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.
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