Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Helloooo everybody, how are you? It is Caprilicious' 5th birthday this week and we are celebrating. Thank you, all of you, those who like Caprilicious' efforts, those who read and/or follow the blog, and those that like wearing my jewellery - Caprilicious and I thank you very, very much!
To celebrate, I am hosting a giveaway as usual on the Facebook page. All you have to do is go to the page, like the picture linked to the giveaway and share it to be in with a chance of winning the pretty freebie.
The Annual Birthday Giveaway
The ornate wire work hearts were originally designed by Nicole Hanna and are made using antiqued copper wire. They are hung on an organza ribbon and could easily be hung on a longer necklace should you so wish.
Last week, I was trying to make a couple of copper flower pendants from Prometheus copper clay as I posted the blog. I had already managed to break off a bail and had to repair it and put it back into the kiln for refiring. I left it to cool over 24 hours being too anxious to rush to open it. In fact it was two days later that I opened the lid of the steel firing pan to find that I had been successful in making a viable piece of jewellery.
I was so happy when I found that I had done it! The pendants needed to be scrubbed, put into the rotary tumbler, and polished up. In the finish, I had two gleaming flowers that I was very proud of! I couldn't wait to string them into necklaces.
Having pulled out half my bead stash and taken design guidance and instruction from hubby, I made the first necklace.
Georgia on my Mind
As this particular flower was an experimental piece, inspired by the flowers of Georgia O'Keeffe and Lynn Cobb, I thought the title fitting. Ms. O'Keeffe has many paintings that inspire me and I think I might just be looking at some more of them again, fairly soon. The poppy in the picture was painted in 1927. She believed that due to the fast-paced lives people live, they merely glance at flowers, but never really observe their exquisiteness. She wished to give people who live such rushed lives the experience and the feel of the true beauty of flowers by creating large floral portraits with very little background.
“Still-in a way-nobody sees a flower-really-
it is so small-we haven’t time-
and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”
I thought the necklace was beautiful and was most gratified when a colleague instantly fell in love with it and snapped it up.
The second flower is a lotus. I ruffled it's layers of petals, in a manner of speaking and the initial beads I chose seemed to indicate that the necklace would be an ethnic style piece. Orange agate teardrops, rudraksh seeds, copper Bali beads, African vinyl trade beads - they all have an Indian flavour, and I thought that this was OK because the lotus, or Tamara is the national flower of India. It was when I went to make the second strand that my subconscious mind went haywire, Ms Muse picked the strangest bedfellows to the first.
However, in the end the whole piece is fun and colourful and seems to work just right! It has a Latin-American feel, probably because of the orange ceramic hearts and blue ovoids.
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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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